Risk well worth it for Quinn

  • Last Updated: January 9 2013, 17:23 GMT

John Quinn is steadily building up the quality of his National Hunt horses and certainly has the knack with juvenile hurdlers.

John Quinn saddled another winning juvenile hurdler

He won the Triumph last season with Countrywide Flame, has a leading contender this year in Kashmir Peak and Calculated Risk (14/1) was a good winner of the Yorkshire Radio Supporting Yorkshire Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster.

Having looked tapped for toe turning into the straight, Dougie Costello bided his time before pouncing late for a six-length win from Aazif.

Costello said: "We've got some nice juveniles this year.

"This lad is a half-brother to King's Quay who was a very good horse for John.

"The ground was a bit on the slow side for him and just turning in I thought they'd have to stop up front

"At the second-last I knew I'd win though. On paper this looked a very good race with Mr (Alan) King's horse rated 133 and Aazif being rated 83 on the Flat."

Back Bob Back (9/2) put in a fine round of jumping to take the Saint Gobain Weber Handicap Chase for Tom George and Paddy Brennan.

"At Newbury last time he ran too free and the better ground today helped him," said George.

"He goes well fresh so he won't be out for three or four weeks. We know he likes it here and at Newbury."

Anthony Honeyball was slightly disappointed with Eleven Fifty Nine who had to work hard to land the odds in the yessselectrical.co.uk Mares' 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle.

Having shown high-class form in bumpers and on her first two starts over timber the fact the 1/4 favourite had to be hard ridden by Rachel Green to beat Definite Ruby by half a length was not on the cards.

"It's mission accomplished I suppose and she jumped tidy but I'm a bit disappointed," said Honeyball.

"It was a flat performance, although she galloped at the same speed all the way up the straight.

"When the ground is better in the spring she'll have loftier targets."

Henry Daly's Toby Belch defied a 10-month absence in the Pegler Yorkshire Novices' Handicap Chase under Robert Thornton.

"It's not so much a question of if he's straight it's more if he has a cut at his fences," said Daly.

Keith Reveley's Harvey's Hope sprang a 20/1 surprise in the Nuffield Health & Fitness Doncaster Handicap Hurdle and the Saltburn handler and his son, James, doubled up in the bumper with Dance Of Time (7/2).


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