Arbeo hits Newbury target

  • Last Updated: December 29 2012, 17:01 GMT

Arbeo sloshed through the Newbury mud to continue the good run of Diana Grissell.

Arbeo triumphs under Sam Thomas
Arbeo triumphs under Sam Thomas

The Brightling Park trainer provided an emotional final winner as Folkestone closed the doors last week and Arbeo (4/1) had also run nicely when second at Fakenham.

Jockey Sam Thomas was essentially always in control of the Betfred Double Delight Novices' Handicap Chase and came home two lengths clear of Emperor's Choice.

Grissell said: "He loved the ground. He has taken a while, as he has had some niggling problems, but hopefully he is over them now and is getting more settled."

Ex-Sir Michael Stoute charge Pistol fired at the second time of asking for Philip Hobbs in the Betfred Hat Trick Heaven Juvenile Hurdle.

Jumping looks to be much more the game for the son of High Chaparral, who could not win on the Flat but had finished second on his course-and-distance debut last month.

The 4/5 favourite set off in front and was perhaps just getting a bit lonely half-way down the home straight as he kicked again and Sash Of Honour could only finish two and a half lengths behind.

Jockey Richard Johnson said: "He looks the sort of horse who should get better and better over the next 12 months.

"He looks like more of a chaser and has plenty of improvement in him."

Charlie Longsdon has been dumbfounded by Pete The Feat's progress as the 15/8 favourite rattled off a five-timer in the Betfred Mandarin Handicap Chase.

The Chipping Norton trainer saddled two runners, with last year's winner Rey Nacarado finishing third, but there was only ever one horse in this long-established race as Noel Fehily kept his mount up to his task to finish five lengths clear.

Pete The Feat is also unbeaten since leaving Anna Newton-Smith's care and Longsdon said: "He has been a revelation - I don't think I've ever had one win five in a row.

"I didn't want to run both in the same race, but the owners wanted to come here and that's fine.

"In a way it's better to have first and third than first and second, as if you have first and second you've missed out on winning a race.

"I think Pete The Feat would go better on better ground. It's all a bonus now but I might try to find him a regional national somewhere."

African Gold (4/1) is likely to be aimed towards the Albert Bartlett event at Cheltenham after he maintained his pleasing profile for the Twiston-Davies family in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap Hurdle.

My Tent Or Yours was sent off an understandably short-priced favourite for the Betfred Mobile Lotto Charity Introductory Hurdle, having inflicted defeat previously upon earlier Challow Hurdle winner Taquin de Seuil.

However, the 4/11 favourite finished four and a half lengths adrift of his Nicky Henderson-trained stablemate Chatterbox (5/1) after failing to find as much as jockey Tony McCoy appeared to be expecting.

"One went in the ground and one didn't," said Henderson.

"I still think My Tent Or Yours is a very good horse. I felt Chatterbox was not as mature and he'll only be having a quiet season."


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