Reveley secures Catterick treble
James Reveley would have looked forward to his book of rides at Catterick this afternoon with two apparent good things in the opening two contests.
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Special Catch (1/5f) made no mistake in the opening novice hurdle on the card, but Rapidolyte De Ladalka (10/1) proved expensive for the short-price takers about See What Happens.
Martin Todhunter's charge looked to have the race at his mercy before making a bad blunder three out and the triple point-to-point winner outstayed him to the finish.
The reverse clearly didn't effect the rider's confidence as he was back in the winner's enclosure on Fine Kingdom (6/1) for Brian Ellison and Brave Spartacus (Evs f) for his father, Keith Reveley.
Ed Dunlop saddled his first runner over jumps at Fakenham but The Tiger could only manage fourth in the Mirror Punters Club Maiden Hurdle.
In a race that attracted plenty of attention with former smart Flat horse Chabal having his first run for 879 days, it was the Oliver Sherwood-trained Ubaldo Des Menhies (15/2) who took the two-mile event by the scruff of the neck from some way out.
The feature on the card was the Welcome To 2013 handicap and the lightly weighted, Minella Special (7/1) outstayed his eight rivals.
At Wolverhampton, La Estrella (1/12f) was predictably sent off a short price to gain his 21st ever success on an artificial surface in the coral.co.uk Claiming Stakes.
Well clear on the official ratings, it didn't turn out that way on the course as he scrambled home in a photograph from Renegotiate.
It was certainly not a day to be opposing the short-priced favourites as the first five races went the way of the jollies.
The bookmakers eventually got some respite as Alfred Hutchinson (7/2) posted his third victory at Dunstall Park in the Poker.co.uk Handicap.