The opening day of the UK turf flat racing season 2017 was almost a financial disaster for the bookmakers when jockey Ryan Moore rode the first three winners on Doncaster’s card.

Moore’s 575/1 treble was bad enough for the bookmakers but then punters piled onto the jockey’s mount Oh This Is Us in the feature race of the day, the Betway Lincoln Handicap. Oh This Is Us was backed in to 7/2 favourite, having been a 14/1 shot for the 22-runner race earlier in the day.

Coral’s Simon Clare tweeted “Make no mistake, if Ryan Moore wins the Lincoln on Oh This Is Us it will be the worst opening day of the Flat season ever for bookies”.

As it turned out, the bookmakers were spared by just a neck when 20/1 shot Bravery held on from Oh This Is Us in second.