Likely lads Tizzards strike again
Kings Lad helped make it a red-letter week for Colin and Joe Tizzard when he floored 2-7 favourite Mr Mole in the Bet totescoop6 Text Tote To 89660 EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle at Wincanton.
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Fresh from their Haldon Gold Cup triumph with Cue Card at Exeter, the father and son trainer/jockey combo can do little wrong and Kings Lad (5-1) defied connections' belief that he would improve for the outing.
In charge after the penultimate flight, he never looked like being reeled-in and came home with a seven-length cushion over the disappointing market leader.
Owner Graham Gingell, related to Tizzard as his son married the trainer's daughter, said: "Colin thought he would need the run so we didn't get carried away. It was his first run since May and we are over the moon."
Gingell spotted and purchased Kings Lad at Doncaster Sales as a three-year-old. He and wife, Sylvia Musgrove, live just a mile from Wincanton.
Fairy Rath was gameness personified in making every yard of the running in the totepool Mobile Text Tote To 89660 Handicap Chase.
The Nick Gifford-trained six-year-old ran virtually to the pound with Henry San as he turned round recent Chepstow placings with that rival.
Denis O'Regan did not intend to lead on the 5-1 shot, but was encouraged to do so when there was a sedate early pace and his mount winged the first.
Fairy Rath had fought off all bar Henry San when that rival joined him two out, and survived an awkward jump at the last before going away again to score by a length and a quarter. It was a further 21 lengths back to the third, Sum Laff.
Fairy Rath is owned by talk show host Jeremy Kyle's wife, Carla, who was in Barbados watching the race with top owner Andy Stewart. Kyle was on a flight from New York to Barbados so missed the race.
O'Regan said: "He was very game. He picked up again after the last and then just idled."
Miss Milborne took the spoils in a Bet totequadpot Test Tote To 89660 Mares' Handicap Hurdle in which five of the 10-strong field were line-abreast approaching the final flight.
You could have thrown a blanket over the protagonists, but on the run-in Jamie Snowden's mare showed the best resolve to forge two lengths and three clear of Prima Porta and Tempest River under Harry Skelton.
It is the dream of the winner's part-owner Adrian Brown to land the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, as he is CEO (UK) for the same company.
Snowden observed: "She is as tough as nails and had a good blow on her comeback at Chepstow. The trip was too short and we knew that had put her spot on for today.
"She can be the first off the bridle, as she was at Towcester, but she's a mare with plenty of guts and that counts for so much.
"All being well she'll run next in a mares' Listed race at Kempton in a fortnight."
Paul Nicholls, successful with Zarkandar in the Elite Hurdle, completed a double when the Ruby Walsh-ridden Foggy's Wall (9-2) grittily held God's Own in the bumper.
Nicholls said: "He won't run for six weeks, then he'll go hurdling. I'm in no rush with him at all."