Ryan's delight as 100/1 outsider Morning Post delivers victory
It proved to be a lucrative day for Tipperary men at Doncaster, as trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Jamie Spencer enjoyed contrasting wins in the feature events.
Golden native Ryan took the valuable two-year-old race with the 100/1 maiden Morning Post. A son of Rathbarry Stud's top sire Acclamation, Paul Mulrennan's mount had finished last of six on the latest of six starts in a handicap on Saturday. But he defied expectations in first-time blinkers yesterday to just prevail.
Spencer secured a more facile triumph on Michael Bell's 15/8 favourite The Lark in the Group Two Park Hill, though that victory was overshadowed by a horror fall for Hayley Turner, who only recently returned from five weeks off with a broken ankle.
Her Park Hill mount Seal Of Approval clipped heels and fell as she chased it up a furlong out, and the dreaded screens were erected around her as she lay on the track.
Thankfully, though, hospital reports suggested that Turner had escaped serious injury.
In the concluding handicap, the David Barron-trained Clon Brulee, owned and bred by Colette Twomey of Clonakilty Black pudding fame, landed a nice touch at 7/1, having been backed in from a 10/1 morning show.