TRAINER Peter Niven paid tribute to his former boss Mary Reveley today after landing a winner at Redcar’s final meeting of the season.

Saltburn-based Mrs Reveley, pictured, who trained more than 2,000 winners including many at her local track, died suddenly just over a week ago.

She formed a formidable partnership with Niven as her stable jockey over jumps, with memorable horses such as Cab On Target.

Niven, now training at Malton, praised her “incredible” record as he celebrated the victory of Metronomic in The Claiming Stakes.

“Mary was a very understated, shy person who was much more comfortable with horses than people but she had a real work ethic that led to an incredible record,” he said. “There were only 14 horses in the yard when I first went there but it just snowballed.”

Metronomic, also pictured, won in the hands of Andrew Mullen despite bolting before the start and carting the jockey two furlongs up the track. Mullen was scoring a double after victory in the opener on Keith Dalgleish’s Up Sticks And Go.

Race two, a seller, went to John Quinn’s Catastrophe, who was winning for the first time at the 25th time of asking. There was no bid for the winner.

There was a cracking finish to the third race with the fancied Break The Silence, trained at Retford by Scott Dixon and ridden by Kieran O’Neill, winning by a nose from Danny Tudhope on Edgar Allan Poe.

Awake My Soul was backed like a good thing in the fourth race and Tom Tate’s gelding came through late to take the prize under James Sullivan.

The son of Teofilo was second in the race last year and Tadcaster-based Tate was also runner-up the year before with Empress Ali so it was a case of third time lucky.

Affair, trained in Berkshire by Hughie Morrison, made the long journey north worthwhile by outlasting Jan De Heem in race six.

Barnard Castle businessman Ben Lapham was in celebratory mood after backing his horse Rajapur at 50-1 and watching the son of Dalakhani win going away in the penultimate race.

The grey gelding, a 33-1 shot by the off, was switched from Philip Kirby’s Richmond stables to David Thompson, at Bolam, five weeks ago.

“They’ve done a great job with him and he was going well at home so I had to have a little nibble with the early price at 50-1,” said Mr Lapham, who runs his own sales company.

The final race of the season – the Thanks And See You Next Season Handicap Stakes – was won comfortably by David Evans’ Welsh raider Awesome Allan, following up a last race win at Redcar’s previous meeting, and justifying short odds under a confident ride by claimer Matt Cosham.