Saharia got Jo Hughes and Paul Blockley off the mark at Wolverhampton
A review of the action from Wolverhampton, where Saharia helped Jo Hughes and Paul Blockley start 2014 on a good note.
Last Updated: 06/01/14 5:50pm
The Ladbrokes Selling Stakes, staged under a sombre West Midlands sky, was hardly a race to stir the soul, especially as two months ago Hughes and her partner Paul Blockley were celebrating London Bridge's Breeders' Cup success at sunny Santa Anita.
Saharia (7/2) was adding to the stable's victory with Luv U Whatever at Southwell on Friday by dropping back to the grade in which he had rattled off a four-timer for Mark Loughnane early last year.
He made his first appearance for Hughes with a moderate showing at Lingfield last month but jockey Ben Curtis was in no rush here and sat behind his three rivals before coming with a strong late challenge to beat the Loughnane pair Prime Exhibit and Matraash by a length and a half.
Blockley said: "That's two for 2014 so it's a good start. I don't know how we'll beat winning in America but we've some nice two-year-olds and some more expensive ones than usual. We'll just have to find out if they are any good now, but the dreams are there.
"We learned a bit more about (Saharia) after his first run and I think he's better round here than Lingfield."
Ben Haslam will have been relieved to start with a clean slate as the George Chaloner-ridden Dance For Georgie (4/1) was equalling his entire 2013 total on the Flat in the Ladbroks Apprentice Handicap.
The daughter of Motivator was on the flanks of the leader Lastkingofscotland until taking over on the home turn and staying on well to stay a length and three-quarters in front of Minimee.
"We didn't have many runners last year, to be fair," said Haslam. "There were excuses for some, there's the financial climate, and some of them just weren't very good.
"She has been running over a mile and almost travelling too well.
"She'll have to come out again without a penalty and she's in at Kempton on Wednesday. We'll look at that, otherwise there's Lingfield next Monday."