SEB Sanders cut Jamie Spencer's lead in the jockeys' championship to two with victory on Desperate Dan at Lingfield, writes Keith Hamer.
Sanders had to wait until his fifth ride of the day to strike after suffering some surprising reverses, but the six-year-old came to his rescue. The 3-1 shot, trained by Andrew Haynes, beat Tony The Tap by a length and a quarter.
Spencer, who is sitting out a two-day ban which concludes today, still leads 185 to 183 - with the season ending at Doncaster on Saturday.
Sanders said: "At this time of year to come away with a winner is good - anything else is a bonus."
Sanders hopes to make further inroads into Spencer's narrow advantage by riding at Nottingham's afternoon meeting today and at Kempton tonight.
The pair are then scheduled to take their fight to Musselburgh tomorrow and Friday - but only after an early morning appeal in London.
Trainer Peter Makin has, as expected, lodged an appeal against the decision of the Newmarket stewards to demote Classic Descent into second place last Friday. The outcome of the appeal, which will be heard by the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority at the unusually early time of 7am tomorrow, could have a bearing on the race as Sanders partnered Classic Descent, while Spencer was aboard the short-head runner-up Black Rain, who was promoted to first place.
Paul Struthers, PR manager for the BHA, said: "Deciding to stage the appeal this week at 7am is not a decision we took lightly. It's been years since such a thrilling climax to the season and it simply wasn't acceptable to allow the possibility of the jockeys' championship to be decided by the disciplinary panel after the conclusion of the turf season."
With just four days left, Coral cannot split the pair and make them both 5-6 chances. "This is the best jockeys' title race I can remember and the betting interest is simply immense." said spokesman Simon Clare. "Their battle has caught the imagination of the British betting public."