The most impressive performance of the evening, however, went to Magna Buddy, who shot to the head of the williamhill.com Classic betting (5-1 from 14-1) when recording the fastest 450m time of the night.
Blonde Snapper was cut to 11-2 second-favourite from 7-1 for the Classic following success in the third heat, the same race which saw the surprise elimination of Antepost market leader Blue Artisan.
Meanwhile, Blonde Fletch clocked the fastest stayers time in the williamhill.com Grand Prix, with the sponsors further shortening Mark Wallis’s charge to 5-2 favourite from 4-1.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said, ‘With an impressive performance from Magna Buddy, surprise elimination of Antepost favourite Blue Artisan and the two Blonde highlights, the opening night had it all, setting things up nicely for the semi-finals on Saturday’
williamhill.com Classic: 5-1 Magna Buddy, 11-2 Blonde Snapper, 7-1 Taylors Cruise, 8-1 Yahoo Jamie, 10-1 Brittons Empire, Jordansoilutions, Lampard, Mill Pinpoint, Westmead Guru, 14-1 Bright Redcliffe, 16-1 Doctor Robert, 20-1 Lily Mayday, 25-1 Coom Bullet, 33-1 Freds Champ, Skywalker Gold, 40-1 Move Over Jered, 50-1 Daughter Of Peg, 100-1 Boskill Bomber (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
williamhill.com Grand Prix: 5-2 Blonde Fletch, 6-1 Head Iton Jason, 7-1 Anfi Gem, Nyla Fantasy, 8-1 Bower Hawk, 10-1 Blue Bee, Droopys Luisao, 12-1 Droopys Hester, Skywalkershearer, 25-1 Hurleys Hero, Raving Black, 40-1 Ballymac Xavi, Elwick Joaquin 50-1 Droopys Joyous, Glenbane Mile, Melview Ace, 66-1 Pond Alesha, Pond Shefelia (EW 1/4 1,2,3)