Racing was united in grief at Beverley following the death of northern jumps jockey Campbell Gillies.
The sense of loss was palpable at the East Yorkshire circuit after news broke earlier in the day that Gillies, who would have been 22 on Wednesday, died after a tragic accident on holiday in Corfu.
A minute's silence was held before racing in tribute to the Scottish-based rider, while jockeys in all seven races wore black armbands as a mark of respect.
Beverley chairman Charles Maxsted said: "Campbell was a very nice young man and an up-and-coming rider over jumps.
"It's a terrible pity to lose him in the prime of his life.
"Everyone here at Beverley are deeply saddened by what has happened."
Graham Lee, the Grand National-winning jockey who permanently reverted to the Flat this season, was visibly distraught by the death of his former weighing-room colleague.
"It's too soon to talk about it," he said.
"I just can't believe what's happened."
Lee was speaking after guiding Just Lille to a runaway success in the St John Ambulance Claiming Stakes.
The Ann Duffield-trained mare was head and shoulders above her four rivals on the ratings, and duly delivered as the 11-10 favourite.
Lee, who secured his first Flat winner aboard Just Lille at Hamilton in May 2007, engineered a lovely split between runner-up Halla San and Kinyras to win by four lengths.
"She's my Black Caviar," smiled Duffield.
"There's a race at Chester for her on Saturday and we'll go there now."
Lee was soon back on the scoresheet when Pintrada (6-1) came fast and late in the Remember John "Mother" Hubbard Handicap.
The James Bethell-trained four-year-old was given a textbook hold-up ride by his intelligent companion, who outmuscled the front-running King Of The Celts along the far rail to pounce by a short head.
"He's a very classy horse," said Bethell.
"He needs dropping in like that, and the drop in trip probably also helped."
Eeny Mac's victory in the Ardent Financial Planning Handicap was slightly more pedestrian in its execution - but no less dramatic at the finish.
Neville Bycroft's inmate had looked like blitzing the opposition from the front in the hands of Michael O'Connell, but grew weary inside the final furlong as Hayek finished with a rare rattle.
The protagonists got quite close on the dash to the line and were only separated by three-quarters of a length.
Beverley's stewards held an inquiry into possible interference, but Eeny Mac (6-1) kept the race to secure back-to-back wins on the Westwood.
Seb Spencer, grandson and assistant to Bycroft, said: "My heart was in my mouth a bit, but he's a strong horse and likes it here."
John Quinn's wise placement of thoroughbreds was also neatly illustrated by Arthurs Secret's debut success in the In Loving Memory of Les Preen Maiden Auction Stakes.
The 9-2 chance was the stand-out horse in the parade ring and translated his powerful-looking profile across to the racetrack.
O'Connell's mount breezed into the lead passing the one-furlong pole and had eight lengths in hand over Yorkshire Icon at the line.
Quinn said: "We'll probably try and find a novice race for him over seven (furlongs) or a mile, but we won't overdo him this year."
Voice From Above (11-4) looks another horse capable of a little better judged by her victory in the Racing UK On Sky 434 Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
The Patrick Holmes-trained three-year-old backed up her 200-1 third on debut at Nottingham with a length-and-quarter call over Cufflink, the even-money favourite.
Holmes said: "She's got a lovely attitude and is coming along nicely."