Tee It Up Tommo got up late under Robert Winston to win at Lingfield
A review of the action from Lingfield on Friday, where Tee It Up Tommo was among those to defy the wet weather.
Last Updated: 17/01/14 4:58pm
Half of the infield had become a lake, the car parks and surrounding villages were swamped and it is safe to say the turf course is unlikely to be fit for purpose for some time with the half-furlong leading up to the winning line completely flooded.
Despite widespead travel problems in the area, the fixture went ahead and connections of Tee It Up Tommo might have wished it was abandoned until Robert Winston managed to push the 4/6 favourite's head narrowly in front at the post.
Trained by Michael Wigham, the grey loomed into contention wide around the home turn of the one-mile Ladbrokes Handicap but hung and changed his legs when Winston turned up the heat.
"He ran a bit flat today - I think I ran him too quickly but he was due to go up in the weights," said Wigham.
"I'll give him three weeks and then bring him back here."
Winston, who got a three-day ban (January 31- February 2) for careless riding when manoeuvring right, said: "I do like the horse a lot. I was only using hands and heels and I'd have got called a lot of names if I got beaten but I always thought I'd win."
Andrea Atzeni and Modernstone (11/10) exacted revenge on Castilo Del Diablo (4/5 favourite) for their defeat in a valuable course handicap a fortnight earlier.
Atzeni, who put up 2lb overweight and was beaten a neck on that occasion, made no mistake on the Biddestone Racing Club's filly in the coral.co.uk Conditions Stakes.
"I came back from Dubai today and the plane was late, so I missed my first ride," said the jockey.
"At least I got a winner. She's a tough filly and there's more to come."
Liam Keniry kicked off a double on A Little Bit Dusty (5/4 favourite), who again proved himself a cut above the economy-level fare of the Coral Mobile "Just Three Clicks To Bet" Selling Stakes.
His next mount, Whitby Jet (8/1) had fallen down a rung or two himself, but fizzed through the pack late to collect the coral.co.uk Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing Handicap by a solid two lengths.
"The track actually rides quicker when it's like this," said Keniry.
"The trainer (Ed Vaughan) said this was Whitby Jet's first time in a 0-65. I had a good draw and I knew from the bend I was always going to win."
Kuanyao (7/4 favourite) was allowed far too easy a time out in front in the Best Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Claiming Stakes while Searchlight's experience shone through at 5/4 in the 32Red Maiden Stakes.
Jim Crowley rounded off the afternoon by adding his own double through Simon Dow's Keep Kicking (5/1) in the 32Red.com Handicap.