NEWMARKET trainer David Lanigan is keeping his options open about a classic entry for his filly Worth Waiting after her victory at Redcar yesterday.

The Bated Breath odds-on shot is entered in the Irish Oaks and Lanigan said: “We’ll look for something better for her now, like a Listed race, and keep the option of Ireland open.”

Worth Waiting looked likely to win much more easily under Daniel Muscutt but had to knuckle down to beat Roddy by a length and a half but her trainer said: “She’s a very straight-forward filly who only ever seems to do just enough – that’s just the way she is. But she looks like she’ll get a trip standing on her head.”

One of the great characters of racing, 87-year-old Mick Easterby, was orchestrating the applause in the winner’s enclosure after course and distance winner Carlton Frankie readily justified favouritism in the Watch Racing UK In Stunning HD Fillies’ Handicap Stakes.

The veteran trainer said afterwards that the first-time hood had made a difference to his filly who stayed on well to beat Rose Marmara.

The eight-race card, which acted as a dessert to the main feast of the Racing UK Zetland Gold Cup meeting on Monday, got off to a cracking start with a thrilling finish in the Longines Irish Champion Weekend EBF Fillies’ Novice Median Auction Stakes.

Jensue, trained by Tom Dascombe and ridden by Alistair Rawlinson, just got the better of Mark Johnston’s impressive debutante I’ll Have Another in the contest for two-year-old fillies.

Owner Alan Cronshaw, brother of former jockey Wally Cronshaw, drove up from Manchester expecting a big run from the Red Jazz filly who is named after his daughter Jennie and wife Sue.

“Alistair told us she battled all the way and will come on a ton for the race,” said Mr Cronshaw.

Abushamah had run 28 times since his last win but battled well under Jack Garritty to take the Watch racing UK Anywhere Handicap Stakes for popular Stillington trainer Ruth Carr.

“He’s been frustrating but thanks to the owners for being patient and Jack timed it perfectly,” said the trainer.