Compas Scoobie and Lahore also returned to the winner’s enclosure to take the monthly tally of victories to 15, at a strike-rate of 35 percent, one week before the season notches up a gear with the running of the first domestic Group 1, the 2,000 Guineas, here in Newmarket next weekend.
Owned by Mr Paul Smith, Gibbs Hill was last seen landing a competitive ten-furlong contest on Eclipse day at Sandown in July, but he showed no ill-effects of his nine-month break, improving again in the hands of Jack Mitchell to see off his five rivals by a very ready two and a half lengths having travelled powerfully throughout the feature race on the card.
A son of Mastercraftsman who is a half-brother to Listed winner Princess Charm, Gibbs Hill now boasts a record of two wins from five starts having made the frame on the other three occasions.
Roger said: “Gibbs Hill has progressed with each run and this was very impressive. He travels well and will be just as good back on turf, so he will hopefully progress through the ranks. He is an exciting horse for the season.”
Earlier on the card, Cameron Noble was seen to superb effect when steering Compas Scoobie to victory in the six-furlong handicap for apprentice jockeys.
Owned by Mr Michael Hill, Compas Scoobie was given an assured ride by Cameron, who bided his time in a solidly-run affair before challenging between horses and readily asserting inside the final furlong.
This was victory number 14 for Cameron, who enjoyed a fruitful winter in Dubai, while Compas Scoobie was notching his second success. The son of Kheleyf is likely to bid for victory number three at Yarmouth on Wednesday given he does not incur a penalty for last night’s win.
At Doncaster, Lahore overcame a slow start and being nudged towards the far-side rail to make a winning debut in the five-furlong maiden for three-year-olds and upwards.
Prince A. A. Faisal’s son of Elusive Quality is out of Group 1 Gran Criterium winner Nayarra, while his early dash is a reflection of his page being from the further family of Kodiac and Invincible Spirit.
Ridden by James Doyle, Lahore won by a length and three quarters and he could be tested in stakes company on his next start.
Roger said: “Cameron was excellent on Compas Scoobie and the horse has thrived following his return to sprinting. All being well, he will take up his Yarmouth engagement on Wednesday.
“Lahore has worked nicely this spring and he overcame his inexperience to win in a fair time. He looks a horse with a future and the Listed Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury over six furlongs could be a suitable next option.”