Pendra continues Longsdon run

  • Last Updated: December 3 2012, 22:37 GMT

Noel Fehily struck on his only two rides for a double in contrasting fashion at Plumpton.

Charlie Longsdon: Plumpton winner

While Pendra's victory at odds-on was expected, fencing debutant Opening Batsman was the 20/1 rank outsider of six for the Jill's BIG Birthday Beginners' Chase.

Fehily kept his powder dry aboard the latter until pouncing approaching the final fence and going on to defeat Hawkes Point by three-quarters of a length and continue a fine start to Harry Fry's training career.

Fry said: "He jumped well and his point-to-point experience has stood him in good stead - he's done it nicely in the end.

"He's a real chasing sort and great to get him started.

"That's my sixth win of the season. I couldn't have asked for anymore and have to pinch myself.

"They are all going terrifically well."

Pendra (4/7) justified his short price with a workmanlike victory in the L&T Building Services Novices' Hurdle to follow up a recent course and distance success.

Leading two out, the Charlie Longsdon-trained gelding was challenged hard, but stuck on well to score by three and three-quarter lengths from Workbench.

Fehily said: "He likes soft ground, he gallops and he jumps. I think he'll probably get further.

"He has a good attitude, he settles and is a jockey's dream.

"He doesn't pull, he jumps, and you can put him where you want."

Tony McCoy also enjoyed a 100% success rate on Bunglasha Lady and Kings Palace.

The 17-times champion jockey was not helped by Bunglasha Lady's wandering in the final straight but he kept the 9/4 favourite going to land the Tysers Mares' Handicap Hurdle by a length and three-quarters from Madame Jasmine.

Trainer Warren Greatrex said: "She disappointed at Ascot, but AP (McCoy) said the ground was atrocious there.

"She had been off for a long time.

"I thought we would run her again quick and AP said she was a different horse today.

"It's onwards and upwards and I think she'll jump fences."

The David Pipe-trained Kings Palace (9/4) blew away the opposition on his debut in the concluding bumper, romping home by 18 lengths to complete the McCoy brace.

Inthejungle (2/1) registered his third course success when scoring for 3lb claimer Tom Cannon in the YourRacingSecret.co.uk Handicap Chase.

Although he had the race won from three out, Daniel O'Brien's charge was tiring towards the end though Ballyman was still six lengths down at the line.

"We were just coming out for our first run of the season and ended up with one of the worst races," said O'Brien.

"I was very pleased with him but you have to take into account what a bad race it was.

"The ground can't be too bottomless for him. Hopefully we're in for a better season with him. He's had a few problems. I hope there's some improvement in him."

Bathwick Junior (10/1) opened her account when making a successful first appearance for trainer Michael Blake.

She pulled clear from two out under Nick Scholfield to land the Tim Sedgwick Memorial Handicap Hurdle by four and a half lengths.

Blake said of the former John Flint-trained five-year-old: "It's not a surprise. She'd been working really well."

Jonathan Geake's Beware Chalk Pit (100-30) reversed recent course form with Dushy Valley when holding that rival by a length and a quarter under Mark Grant in the Hepworth Wins National Racecourse Catering Award Handicap Chase.

"We've waiting a while for it. He had wind operation last year which took him a while to get over, but he's been very consistent this year," said Geake.


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