HOLLIE Doyle, who is in a rich vein of form, looks set to beat her personal best for the season - though she admitted she cannot remember what the target is!

"I think it was about 60 last season but I'm not sure," she admitted with a sheepish smile.

Gold Venture had just provided her with the 37th winner of the 2019 programme which is yet to reach the halfway mark in denying the favourite Able Kane by three quarters of a length.

"She loved the ground," Doyle said of the Dandy Man filly. "She's tough and improving."

Gold Venture was bought back for £9,500 after winning a Redcar seller on her debut but then flopped in a much stronger race at Chepstow, illustrating how the going is important to her.

"The ground there was probably too fast," explained Archie Watson's travelling head lad Pat Kennedy. "The soft ground here was very much in her favour and there's probably more to come."

Any one of about half a dozen had a chance of taking the second division which looked as though would fall to the unraced Sword Beach but the colt was pegged back in the final 75 yards by Grove Ferry who had run promisingly on his debut.

"He's got a good attitude," reflected winning rider David Probert. "He has certainly come on from his first race at Newmarket. He did it nicely."

Given the overnight rain, Eye of the Water was an appropriate winner of the seven furlong handicap, easing down seven lengths clear with Probert looking over his shoulder for non-apparent dangers in the final furlong.

"Easiest winner of the season," quipped Probert who is another on course for a season's best, taking his score to 54 with a target of 102 to beat.

Eye of the Water was smartly into his stride and given an easy lead. Though he tended to lug to his right halfway, Probert quickly straightened him out and the three-year-old sauntered away to give him and trainer Ron Harris their second consecutive win in the race having teamed up last year with Glamorous Crescent.

Eve Johnson Houghton withdrew two runners because of the ground and wasn't sure that Bella Vita would handle it in the 10 furlong feature race but the consistent filly, a course and distance winner last month, defied her fears to thwart Mystic Peg who was trapped behind the leaders and had to be switched by which time Bella Vita was clear.

"I didn't know she would cope with the ground," Johnson Houghton confessed. "There's not much of her and three or four races ago I didn't think she would have handled it but she's strengthening with every race. We don't know how good she, there again neither does she!"

Ryan Moore turned up for two rides - and left with a winner when Tapisserie cantered home as an odds-on chance should. Upped in distance and with Moore riding her for the first time, she was always in the vanguard and eased herself to the front two out to steadily draw clear.