SATURDAY’S meetings at Ayr, Newbury and Newmarket claimed the attention of most people, but David Probert went to Chelmsford City and had a productive day there, with a double taking his total for the year to 88.

Miss Liberty Belle benefited from a particularly good ride.

Entering the final furlong, she was making limited progress and Probert had two rivals in front of him, one a little off the rail and another further to its right.

His filly lugged towards the rail and he looked like he’d go for a gap there, but then he spotted the horse ahead of him on the right was fading slightly.

With half a furlong left Probert changed course to aim to go between the two leaders.

He urged her through it, and in a finish of short heads and necks she poked her nose in front inches from the post.

It could have gone terribly wrong if the gap separating the front two had narrowed at the wrong moment, but Probert made the right decision.

As it was, it was the gap between the leader and the rail that closed up a little; so if he had stuck with the rail route and tried to get through that way, he wouldn’t have won.

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Probert also rode the last winner of Chepstow’s flat racing season last Tuesday.

Giving Back was trained by Alan King, a reminder that National Hunt racing is poised to move up a gear.

The course’s two-day Jump Season Opener is little more than two weeks away.

The Mark Johnston-trained two-year-old Festival Day produced the best display on that Chepstow card, making all the running and streaking away in the final furlong to win by six lengths.

It was a very good performance, in a fast time. She is a worthy contender for the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

Earlier on the card David Evans’ Elegant Love dropped into selling company for only the second time and ran out an easy winner.

She was far superior to the official one length verdict, as her jockey allowed her to coast home when well clear.

Bidding in the post-race auction reached 7,200 guineas before she was bought in.

It’s a pity there aren’t more sellers, given the entertainment they provide for the public.

We noted a few weeks ago how frustrating Atletico has been since joining the yard, running 23 times without success.

In the last month he has finished second, beaten half a length, and then second again, beaten a short head.

Made favourite at Pontefract on Thursday, he was the runner-up once more, going down by a head.

Since the end of April his form figures are 23324268222, yet his performances don’t appear to be ungenuine.

He must win a race sooner or later, but in the mean time it’s best to keep him in mind primarily for each way bets and placepots.