Eoghan o'neill's team received a boost ahead of a big weekend of action as Rainbow Bay struck at Catterick yesterday.
The Newark-based handler sends last year's Champagne Stakes winner Vital Equine for tomorrow's Stan James 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, and Rainbow Bay demonstrated the well-being of O'Neill's team with victory in the Don't Miss totesport Saturday 26 May Apprentice Claiming Stakes.
The Michael Geran-ridden winner was sent off the 5-6 favourite and he duly obliged with a three-length success over Cape Sydney.
"Rainbow Bay came to me from Richard Fahey and this is his third run for us," said O'Neill.
"We put him in a claimer because, like all our horses, we wanted to win a race with him," O'Neill said.
"He did it well and hopefully he will go on from this."
However, Rainbow Bay was claimed by trainer David Evans for £7,000 while Cape Sydney was claimed for £8,000 by Mick Quinlan.
Ann Duffield (pictured) got off the mark for the season as she teamed up with jockey Royston Ffrench to notch a 30-1 double with Lady Rangali and Falcon's Fire.
Lady Rangali, one of 30 juveniles in the Duffield team, set the ball rolling in dramatic fashion as she just got the better of Lady Benjamin by a short head in the catterickbridge.co.uk Maiden Auction Stakes.
Duffield said of the 5-2 winner: "She deserved that. She was unlucky not to win first time out at Beverley when she was beaten a length-and-a-half.
"She ran green that day and was a bit green again here, so hopefully she will go on from this."
Falcon's Fire, runner-up on his seasonal debut at Thirsk last month, showed the benefit of that outing in the Reeth Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
The 8-1 shot led inside the final furlong and pulled away to beat the odds-on favourite Welsh Auction by two lengths.