SALISBURY played host to their Father’s Day family race fixture on Sunday; the Daddy of Days Out, which saw nearly 6,000 people visit the Netherhampton venue.

The feature race on the day was the £55,000 Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Cathedral Stakes for sprinters over 6 furlongs and was won in good fashion by Mark Johnston’s Cardsharp under champion jockey, Silvestre De Sousa. A small, but quality field of 5 contested the feature but it was Johnston’s charge that travelled best behind the leaders before quickening away inside the final furlong to win comfortably by two and a half lengths.

It was a welcome return to form for Cardsharp who could now step back up in class, having previously won the Group 2 July Stakes as a two-year-old connections will be keen to see him hit those heights again.

The valuable Peter Walwyn Memorial Novice Stakes was won in determined fashion by Richard Hughes’ Sunsprite who held on by a short-head from Richard Hannon’s Magical Wish in the closest finish of the day. Sunsprite now has two victories from his three starts to date and looks likely to improve again for Sunday’s victory; an exciting prospect for Richard Hughes.

There were comfortable victories on the card for Wicked Sea (Hannon), Gumriyah (Gosden), Eula Varner (Candy) & Open Wide (Perrett) in the Shadwell Stud Racing Excellence Apprentice Handicap, Wateraid Mildren Construction Confined Fillies' Novice Stakes, Cara Glass Fillies' Handicap & Matthew & Matthew Solicitors Handicap respectively, whilst Golden Image won the Derek Burridge Golf & Racing Trophies Handicap for Harry Dunlop.

A good quality racing card was complimented by free children’s entertainment, located in the Sarum enclosure, which was in full operation all afternoon, proving a real hit with families on the day.

Salisbury will host two more family themed race days on Wednesday and Thursday August 15 and 16 as part of their Summer Holiday Family race meet, tickets are available to purchase in advance online and over the phone.

Salisbury next race on Wednesday June 27 for Whitsbury Manor Stud Bibury Cup day.