John Ferguson's Purple Bay ran out a facile winner of the Betfred Mobile Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen.
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Purple Bay gave jockey Mikey Ennis a weekend to remember when running out the facile winner of the Betfred Mobile Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen for trainer John Ferguson.
The young jockey rode his first ever winner on the level on Friday evening when Light From Mars landed the six furlong handicap for Ron Harris and he showed his versatility by steering the 7/1 shot to a 10 length victory from Max Ward.
Never too far off the pace, Purple Bay began to make inroads on the leaders heading down the back straight and was briefly bustled up to go for a gap rounding the home turn.
However, once straightened up, Purple Bay was quickly back on the bridle and began to assert after jumping the second from the finish.
He was home and hosed by the time he had skipped over the final obstacle and was driven out well by Ennis.
The well-backed 5/1 favourite, Slim PIckens, finished a further two and three quarter lengths back in third.
Ferguson said: "He enjoyed that. Most of his form has been on good, good to soft ground, but I wasn't sure what the ground would be like today.
"We got lucky anyway and he got a cool ride.
"He's a horse that travels very well in his races, but sometimes just gets found out. He went up 5lb to 139 for being beaten at Stratford last time.
"He'd been second in his last three races and kept going up so we thought we'd claim 7lb off him. He deserved that.
"He's in the Galway Hurdle. It's one of the biggest pots in Ireland all year, so we'll have to think about it."
Ennis is based with David Pipe and had his first winner on the Flat at Newmarket on Friday night through Light From Mars.
He said: "That was a great chance to ride get. He travelled well for me.
"I know he'd found one too good in his recent races but he kept on all the way to the line."