Nordblad, 16, breaks duck as Xiara strikes.
NICOLE NORDBLAD was a nostril away from riding her first winner on her first ride earlier this summer but the 16-year-old put the record straight a dozen rides later when starring on Beauchamp Xiara in the latest of the Betfair Racing Excellence series for apprentices.
Nordblad, whose mother works in racing in their homeland of Sweden, joined winning trainer and countryman Hans Adielsson this year. Her biggest supporter, former top-flight jockey John Reid, was on hand to be first to congratulate the winning rider.
"Nobody can deserve a winner more than this girl," said Reid. "She works so hard. I've helped her from the first day and she always wants to learn and practise more."
Jupiter payback Heart of the South Racing supremo John Penney reckoned he purchased the Galileo colt Jupiter Storm for a snip at 55,000gns at the December sales last year and the two-year-old, who holds an Investec Derby entry, repaid his faith with a win at the third time of asking in the 1m maiden, landing the latest pounds 10,000 Racing Post yearling bonus.
Penney had a word for groom Alan Alderman, who is the only one to ride Jupiter Storm at home, and added: "We have four twoyear-olds and this is the second to win. That's 11 winners for the racing club this year."
Giles chases dozen Ed Giles is averaging a winner a month in his first year as a trainer from a total stable strength of 24 after 6f handicap top-weight Summerinthecity nosed out We Have a Dream under a fine ride by James Doyle.
The Ledbury trainer said: "That's 11 winners since I got my licence last December. Two were over jumps, so I'd better try to make it ten on the Flat this season. I would certainly have settled for this total when I started."
Oscan on target Oscan and Abhaath had their first sight of the beach ahead of a likely trip to similar if hotter surroundings in Dubai this winter as the Godolphin pair filled the first two places in the 7f nursery with the Mahmood Al Zaroonitrained Oscan prevailing under Ahmed Ajtebi to improve their 25 per cent strike-rate at the track from a dozen runners.
Form out as Glass scores Sales-bound Glass Mountain followed up his Yarmouth win in good style in the 1m2f handicap. True To Form, the favourite, was pulled out at the start after rider Tony Culhane was unhappy with the way the George Baker-trained topweight had moved to post five days after landing a headlinegrabbing gamble at Wolverhampton.