IMPRESSOR by name and impressive in ability, so much so trainer Marcus Tregoning will step him up in grade after routing the opposition in what appeared to be an open looking juvenile race at soggy Salisbury today.

But leading from flagfall, the Footstepsinthesand colt sprinted away from market rival Stoweman by three and a half lengths which would undoubtedly have been considerably more had jockey Martin Dwyer wanted.

"Losing is a distant memory," quipped the Liverpudlian jockey to his delighted winning connections in a reference to his Glorious Goodwood debut when he was badly hampered at a crucial stage. "He was really good, won like a decent horse and could have won further. He enjoyed it and it was a nice easy race."

Impressor will face sterner opposition next time out with Tregoning having him entered for the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury but will probable plump for the latter which is run over six.

"To run him over seven at this stage would be a shame. He's a very smart horse and probably goes on any ground. He clearly showed the benefit of that first run and is a horse who will keep on developing."

Tregoning revealed his star three-year-old Mohaather will return to his Whitsbury yard next week with the prestigious QE2 mile as his end of season objective. 

Mohaather, who took the valuable Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury as a two-year-old, was prominent in the betting for the 2,000 Guineas after winning the Greenham at the track in April but injured himself in the race and has been recuperating at the owner's Shadwell Stud.  

It was a miserable day weatherwise with unrelenting rain but for Charlotte Bennett, it was a wonderful afternoon when she rode her first winner when partnering Another Boy who prevailed by three quarters of a length in the apprentice handicap.

"It's really amazing," said the joyful 20-year-old. "I can't top smiling."

Of the race, she said: "He jumped out well and travelled throughout the race. Hopefully now that I have got my first winner I will have more!"

 The steady rain transformed the going to soft by the time of the third race and conventionally fields make for the stands rail but not with Maid of Spirit who raced alone on the far side in the five furlong sprint and the initiative paid off.

"It was a combined decision," explained trainer Clive Cox who had inspected the ground with jockey Adam Kirby before racing. "Under the circumstances we decided to stay there and it worked."

The rain naturally caused a spate of withdrawls but the underfoot conditions did not hinder Ascension who lit up the gloom lit up by bolting up in the first leg of the juvenile race.

The 135,000 guinea purchase had been backed into favouritism following his promising debut at Newbury last month and never gave his backers any cause for concern.

Tucking him just behind the leaders on the rails, the only problem facing Jack Mitchell was whether a gap would appear and once it did, he swept through and ran out a three and a half lengths winner.

Though the colt does not have any fancy entries, Mitchell was impressed. "He has obviously come on a lot for his first run and the drop back to six furlongs (from seven) undoubtedly helped."

David Probert is in a rich vein form as a weekend treble at Leicester testified and he was on the mark with Alfred Boucher who stayed on dourly from the front in the one mile handicap. "It's been a good week," he agreed. "A lot of people have been supporting me. I have had a lot of nice rides and hope it will continue."

The grey gelding named after the artist and sculptor was bidding for a hat-trick, having taken a seven furlong novice stakes race at Lingfield and then landing a Newmarket handicap, but would she handle the ground?

"That was the question but he got an uncontested lead and the further he went, the better he went," said the rider.

Fanny Logan had her task in the £50,000 Upavon Stakes simplified by the absence of market rival Lavender's Blue and won as easily as a 1/2 chance should. 

Robert Havlin tucked the Sea the Stars filly away in fourth place but eased her to the outside three out and quickened away for a yawning margin of seven lengths.

Fanny Logan has been highly tried at group level but appears to have found her level in listed class, following up her success at York in July.