Twiston-Davies hot streak continues

  • Last Updated: December 13 2012, 16:31 GMT

Jumping was the name of the game as Changing Times followed up a Market Rasen success in the Remembering Victor Thorne Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Taunton.

Nigel Twiston-Davies: Winners are coming like buses

Sam Twiston-Davies made plenty of use of the Irish import, trained by his father Nigel, and always had the 11-4 favourite up with the pace.

Rajdhani Express loomed as a serious challenger but he came down at the third last, leaving the leader clear.

It was plain sailing after that with Changing Times coming home seven lengths ahead of Bally Legend.

"I was impressed by him. On a bit better ground this horse will be OK," the winning jockey told At The Races.

"He was very good at his fences. He hates tacky ground but he has coped with it very well today. He was screwing in the air a little bit but I would say that was down to him not enjoying the ground."

The Caroline Keevil-trained Marshall Zhukov defied top weight in some style when landing the Stables Business Park Clients Day Out Handicap Chase.

A fine leap took him into the lead at the third last and the 2-1 favourite quickly pulled away for Joe Tizzard to win by 11 lengths from Ciceron.

Keevil said: "Joe came in on Saturday and worked him on the gallops to get used to him as he's not totally straightforward.

"Every time he's run he has improved and strengthened and he's coming of age now.

"It was only his fourth run over fences. He's done it very nicely and we can start planning ahead now.

"This was the next step. We'll see how he is after this race and have some dreams maybe."

Buck's Bond (10-1), a relative of the brilliant staying hurdler Big Buck's, made a triumphant debut under Rules in the Setsquare Recruitment Novices' Hurdle.

A dual point-to-point winner, the Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old led a long way out under Ryan Mahon but had to withstand the late flurry of Alberobello and was all out to score by a neck.

"We were going to go novice chasing with him, but with all the changes to those races, he'd never run over hurdles, he didn't get a rating so it was a hell of job trying to find a race for him," said Nicholls.

"We gave him a run over hurdles to give him experience. I didn't expect him to win today, but I thought he'd run OK. He's got huge potential.

"Ryan said he got there 10 minutes too soon. It's all about learning and this horse will improve mentally for that."

Okafranca struck over the same course and distance for the second time in a fortnight when winning the Bathwick Tyres Bridgwater Handicap Hurdle.

Mark Grant sent Jim Old's charge to the front before the second-last flight and the 9-2 joint-favourite found more on the run-in to hold Fortuna Rose by a length and a quarter.

Home Run followed up an Exeter success six days earlier with an emphatic display in the Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Handicap Hurdle.

Unpenalised for a victory in a conditional jockeys event, the David Pipe-trained four-year-old was given a positive ride by 10lb claimer Kieron Edgar.

He opened up a handy lead on the 5-2 favourite on the turn for home and ran out a six-length winner over Cruise In Style.

The always prominent Doctor Harper (2-1 favourite) made it a double for the Pipe team when taking the concluding bumper under Conor O'Farrell.

Duaiseoir (14-1) led two out under Aidan Coleman before going on to take the Bathwick Tyres Taunton Handicap Hurdle by seven lengths from Johnny Red for trainer Venetia Williams.


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