Harding lands Sedgefield treble
Favourite backers will have been pleased that the frost hadn't put paid to Tuesday's fixtures at Sedgefield as they got off to the best possible start to the afternoon.
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The opening mares hurdle went the way of the Nicky Richards trained, Hannah Jacques (8/15f).
Two non-runners reduced the field to three though on paper it looked to rest between the winner and Lucinda Russell's Lady Of Verona.
That view was played out on the racetrack and Brian Treanor asked his mount to kick on with two flights to negotiate and soon had the race in safe keeping.
There was a wider margin still as Witness In Court (2/1f) landed the maiden hurdle.
The five-year-old had shaped with a degree of promise in two starts last season and despite being absent from the racecourse for almost seven months, he comfortably accounted for his rivals.
Rose Of The Moon (10/11f) continued the golden run for favourite backers with victory in the John Smith's No Nonsense Novices' Chase.
The recent Wetherby winner was allowed the luxury of a soft lead and his accurate fencing saw him justifying his odds-on tag.
Sam Lord (10/1) proved his reappearance run at Hexham to be all wrong when staying on doggedly to take the tradersbettingexchange Handicap Hurdle under Brian Harding.
The former Alan King inmate relished the testing conditions and landed some decent bets in the process.
Harding was to realise a 1330/1 treble for himself and a 184/1 treble for Nicky Richards through the successes of Tutchec (10/1) and One For Harry(10/1).
The former running out as something of a fortuitous winner as favourite, Brave Spartacus fell at the last with the race at his mercy.