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TRIP UP: Hold Fast ridden by David Probert wins at Kempton yesterday. Photo: Hugh Routledge/PA Wire

TRIP UP: Hold Fast ridden by David Probert wins at Kempton yesterday. Photo: Hugh Routledge/PA Wire

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TRIP UP: Hold Fast ridden by David Probert wins at Kempton yesterday. Photo: Hugh Routledge/PA Wire

Hold Fast appeared to appreciate a step up in trip to get off the mark at the third time of asking with a battling success in the Unibet Thanks The Frontline Workers Maiden Stakes at Kempton.

Despite the race being delayed by nearly 10 minutes after debutant Father Of Jazz broke through the stalls before being withdrawn, the Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old kept her cool to get the better of Nashy by half a length on her first start over a mile and a quarter.

Winning jockey David Probert said of the 7-1 shot: "She is a pretty consistent filly. She ran well last year at Glorious Goodwood in defeat. She has come on quite a bit over the winter. I thought the 10 furlongs around here would be a bit sharp for her, but fair do's to the filly - she jumped well and travelled good and hit the line pretty nice.

"I'd say she would improve again going up in trip. She has got a great attitude. Her home work has been good. She is a very straightforward filly."

Frankie Dettori was straight back to business as he steered Galsworthy to victory at Kempton on his first ride following the resumption of racing.

Dettori did not travel to Newcastle on Monday for the opening day, opting to ease into action with one ride at the Sunbury venue yesterday.

His fans did not miss the hint and the John Gosden-trained Galsworthy was sent off the 4-5 favourite for the Unibet Casino Deposit £10 Get £40 Bonus Maiden Stakes.

Settled in second in the early stages, Galsworthy kicked four lengths clear in the straight, leaving the jubilant Dettori to celebrate just to the television cameras as racing is currently being staged behind closed doors.

He said: "We went a bit slow. He is a horse with more experience and I asked him at the two and he quickened really well. This surface gets really tiring so he was a little bit lethargic. I would like to see him on grass, but we got a race into him and hopefully it is upwards now.

"He is very laid back. There was a lot of first time out horses in the race and he did everything I asked him to and I suspect he will improve again on fitness. He ran well and we will try again.

"He has run twice and that counts for a lot. He is a big horse, but he probably needed this race to get him to better things."

Commenting on having his first ride back, Dettori joked on Racing TV: "It's good - I'm away from home. I think my wife is more pleased than me, I'll be honest with you."