Harry Buckle a winner twice at Lingfield
There was an unusual link behind the winners of the two feature races at Lingfield on Tuesday.
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George Margarson's Woolfall Sovereign (2/1 favourite) won the Lingfield Park Owners Group Handicap, which carried total prize money of nearly £20,000, and the Charlie McBride-trained Harry Buckle (2/1 joint-favourite) took the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel Handicap.
Woolfall Sovereign's career looked over last year due to a foot problem before he was saved by Margarson's farrier, a certain Harry Buckle.
"There's a nice story which links us with the earlier winner, Harry Buckle, who is named after the farrier," said Margarson.
"When this lad lost his form drastically we had terrible trouble with his feet.
"I thought he was a goner but Harry did a cracking job."
Woolfall Sovereign is now unbeaten over five furlongs and continues to go from strength to strength
Margarson said: "I tried him over 10 furlongs at Newmarket when Gerald Mosse rode him and on the way out he asked me what I was doing running him as he was a sprinter!
"He was proved to be right but he got a good handicap mark.
"He holds the track record at Southwell and Wolverhampton and is unbeaten over five so the aim will be to keep him at that.
"There isn't much for him now. I'm not in a hurry, and I think he can transfer that to turf, but all his best form is on the all-weather.
"He might have to go further afield, Dundalk and places like that.
"We'll have a sit down but this was the race we wanted to win and he's done it."
Harry Buckle is another on the up and won his third on the bounce in impressive style under William Carson.
"He's a progressive horse and he's improving all the time, the family don't mature until they are four so he'll keep improving," said McBride.
"I've always thought a mile and a half wouldn't be a problem - he just got caught at Newmarket last year on soft ground and there's no doubt he gets it.
"He'll be kept on the go, trying to win more races with him."
Carson told At The Races: "He's really done it well and has improved for the mile and a half, he was crying out for that last time.
"He does what he has to and the more you ask the more he gives.
"These horses in the winter, once they rack up a couple of wins they are hard to beat."
Thomas Brown won his second race on Mubtadi (5/4 favourite) in the Book Tickets Online @ lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap.
Unpenalised for his success last week as it came in an apprentice handicap, Ismail Mohammed's charge has been revitalised by a change in tactics.
"The last time we changed the tactics and they helped a lot and it was the same again today," said Brown.
"He jumped from the gates better and they took me on up front but he's won well."