It's a treble!
THE team couldn't have started the turf season in better form with three winners from three runners on Tuesday afternoon.
Rogue Assassin got the ball rolling when taking division two of the seven-furlong novice at Haydock. Owned by the Rogues Gallery Syndicate, Rogue Assassin showed signs of greeness throughout but picked up well under Cieren Fallon to get up close home to win by half a length at odds of 40/1.
Next up was yard favourite Celsius who landed the five furlong handicap at the same track under Andrea Atzeni. Running in the colours of Jon Collins, Chris Fahy and Steve Piper, Celsius was a four-time winner in 2019, including at Glorious Goodwood, and he has stepped up again to win on this seasonal return by half a length.
Last but not least, Cheng Gong (Richard and Stuart Marchant, David Fawdon and Mrs Gay Jarvis) returned to the winners' circle with an easy success in the concluding mile and a half handicap at Wolverhampton. The son of Archipenko had some solid form on the all-weather over the winter and deserved this second career win. He was always well positioned by Dougie Costello and kicked clear up the straight to win by nearly three lengths. He will now head to the Tattersalls July Sale.
Tom said: "Days like this don't come around very often - it's fantastic and I am very grateful to my top team at home and the owners who have been so supportive over the last few months. Rogue Asssassin is a horse who we had ready to run pre-lockdown so it was a case of keeping him ticking over. We weren't expecting him to win first time but we hoped he would shape with promise and he is a horse with a bright future.
"Celsius is a real yard star - that was his fifth win - he loves Haydock and I was delighted with how well he settled without the headgear. He looks as though six furlongs will be within him compass and that opens up some lovely options for us. Hopefully he can be competitive in some of the big sprint handicaps this summer.
"Cheng Gong was given a good ride by Dougie (Costello) who always had him in a good postion in a race they went no gallop in. He always looked like the winner and did it well. He is a good looking horse who should jump a hurdle or win more races on the flat."
These victories came on the back of Holy Kingdom's Guineas Meeting win at Newmarket at Ritchie Valens's success at Chelmsford on Monday.