It's rarer to find an improving sort at this time of the Flat season than capture a jockey who isn't crying his or her eyes out over the new whip rule, but Billy Buttons
has made just four starts, so Andrew Balding's three-year-old has ample scope to be a bit better than his current rating of 82.
The duo look to hold sound claims of further boosting those stats with handicap debutant Billy Buttons in the Piper Champagne Stakes (Handicap) at 4.
Billy Buttons was four wide into the first bend, where he stumbled after being slightly hampered, and subsequently covered more ground than the rest of his rivals for the remainder of the contest, also coming into the straight four wide in a nine-runner race.
Billy Buttons has never encountered soft going before, but has a high knee action that indicates he will be most effective on turf when there is some cut in the ground, which would not be a great surprise given he is a son of Act One.
There could be more to come from the Godolphin duo of Estourah and Sandusky, as well as Mariners Lodge, but they don't appear to be as well handicapped as Billy Buttons, who also appeals as having the greater scope for progression.
Both horse and jockey were unscathed after clipping heels as Keniry's mount Billy Buttons appeared to have drifted off a straight line.
Billy Buttons, the odds-on favourite, endured a nightmare trip through the race which was won by his main market rival Star Commander.