Jockey Mitchell Pateman has continued his faultless strike rate at Ascot this week, booting home two winners from as many rides.
After riding a winner at his only ride here mid-week, Pateman maintained that perfect record by scoring aboard Bella’s Idol and Dam Ready today.
Pateman landed in the perfect spot behind the leading pair aboard Bella’s Idol in the Dolores Oberman 90th Birthday Handicap (1600m), before he was able to get into clear running in the home straight and score by a long-neck.
It was just the third time the Brett Pope-trained galloper has won in 20 career starts.
Pateman then teamed up with the in-form Dam Ready in the Happy Birthday Philip Botsis Handicap (1100m) and the gelding produced a performance suggesting he may be ready to step up to even higher company.
Dam Ready won over 1000m at Pinjarra in January and has performed admirably with big weights in his three subsequent runs.
The Mark Bairstow-trained galloper settled towards the rear of the field, as race favourite Captain Stirling set a solid tempo in front.
In similar circumstances to his first win of the day, Pateman found himself poised coming to the turn on the back of another fancied runner in Seeker.
Seeker hit the front inside the last 200m, before Dam Ready wore him down over the closing stages to record a three-quarter length win.
Pateman said Dam Ready had developed into a consistent performer and indicated the drop in weight helped today.
“We got him to the outside today, which I think was the key,” he said.
“When he got to the outside he started to let down well.
“A bit similar to my one in the first, he’s carried 62, 60, 61.5 now back down to 57, it’s a big drop and it helps a lot.
“He’s been awfully consistent, his only two blimps have been when he’s got to 1200.”
Elsewhere at Ascot, trainer Adam Fairey recorded his first Saturday winner when Chesten Flyer took out the TABtouch-Better Your Bet Handicap (1400m).
Meanwhile, Hoboken has broken through for his first win in more than a year, taking out the Eddy Turisini Birthday Handicap (1000m).
The Neville Parnham-trained gelding showed promising signs without winning early this campaign, but was ridden at the rear of the field today and dashed home to record a comfortable win.