Ericht strike promises better things

  • Last Updated: January 25 2013, 18:13 GMT

Fair Trade (5/1) remembered his Flat speed of old as he sprinted an impressive two and a half lengths away from Pearl Swan in a 'jumpers' bumper' for hurdlers.

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Once held in very high regard by David Elsworth, the gelding had been placed in two strong events for Alan King.

"He was good enough to run in a 2000 Guineas years ago," said the trainer.

"His two hurdle runs have been on very testing ground and it was the ideal opportunity to get a gallop.

"He'll have an entry at Cheltenham (Supreme) and I'd like to see him on better ground. He'll need another run somewhere over hurdles first though."

The 5/4 favourite Pearl Swan had been absent for 315 days and Charlie Liverton, representing owner, Robin Geffen, said: "He was always vulnerable for being tapped for toe over two miles on the Flat, but it's good to see him back and hopefully all systems go for the Betfair Hurdle."

Ericht (3/1 favourite) was delivered with panache by Barry Geraghty in the BetVictor Champions League Money Back Offer "Jumpers' Bumper".

Trainer Nicky Henderson's assistant, Ben Pauling, said: "He showed some exceptional form in his bumper days and finished sixth in the Champion Bumper.

"It didn't happen last season and we found a slight problem in a hind fetlock, which we sorted out.

"It was too soft for him last time at Newbury and you'd think off his current mark, he could probably be a good handicap hurdler."

Maguire hit back with a winner in a contest framed for staying jumpers as City Press (3/1) just held on to follow up his victory in a similar event at Lingfield last week.

"He would have preferred to go the other way round but will be on a fair mark for handicap hurdles when the ground does come right," said trainer Warren Greatrex.

Karinga Dancer (12/1) and Keep Kicking (9/1) took the respective divisions of the Follow Us On Twitter At BetVictorRacing "Jumpers' Bumper".

The latter's trainer, Jonjo O'Neill, said: "This horse breaks my heart as he's a great work horse and jumps okay, but doesn't seem to perform on the racecourse. At least he has won today."

Dr Livingstone (12-1), who had shaped well on his return from absence at Lingfield last week, surged past Nicholls' Ranjaan.

David Plunkett, representing winning trainer Charlie Egerton, said: "Things are going well as we've had a change of scene moving back to Lambourn. We'll just mess about with the horse in these kind of things."

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