WANTAGE trainer Henry Candy enjoyed a welcome boost as Chain Of Daisies got her career back on track by routing her rivals in the British Stallion Studs EBF Upavon Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury.

Having failed to feature in two previous starts this season, the six-year-old mare made all the running in the mile-and-two-furlong contest under Harry Bentley to slam Mia Tesoro by seven lengths and become the first dual winner of the Listed prize, having also triumphed in 2016.

Candy said: “She got so upset before both races at York and Ascot and today she was as calm as could be. When she is good, she is very good.”

Heather Main, who trains at Kingston Lisle, near Wantage, equalled her previous best tally of 13 winners in a year when Island Brave, six-times successful on all-weather surfaces, notched his first victory on turf at Nottingham.

The four-year-old will have next year’s Ebor Handicap at York as a long-term target.

East Ilsley trainer Hughie Morrison felt his Melbourne Cup hope Marmelo was inconvenienced by the quicker ground as he was foiled in his bid for back-to-back victories in the Group 2 Darley Prix Kergorlay at Deauville when finishing second to Holdthasigreen.

Morrison enjoyed better fortune, with Belated Breath (4-1) and Starcaster (11-8 favourite) combining for a 10-1 across-the-card double at Salisbury and Chepstow respectively, while Indian Viceroy justified 8-15 favouritism at Newmarket and Pursuing Steed came up trumps at Doncaster.

West Ilsley trainer Mick Channon unveiled a potentially smart recruit when Converter made a winning debut at Nottingham at 16-1.

Channon enjoyed more success as Macho Mover followed up last week’s Windsor win by gaining a head verdict in a Chepstow handicap with Scott McCullagh on board.

West Ilsley neighbour Denis Coakley was also among the winners with Shelia’s Showcase, who dead-heated with Boerhan in a thrilling finish to a seven-furlong maiden stakes at Newbury.