Hutchinson purple patch continues

  • Last Updated: February 17 2013, 17:21 GMT

Former point-to-point prospect Timesishard landed some tasty bets as the combination of Graeme McPherson and Wayne Hutchinson teamed up in the opener at Market Rasen.

Wayne Hutchinson: Won Rasen opener

The jockey secured a big double at Haydock on Saturday and he continued his purple patch some 24 hours later with victory aboard the 2/1 favourite in the Calverts Carpets York Novices' Hurdle.

Darley Sun, the 2009 Cesarewitch winner, stayed on well on his hurdling bow to be third.

It was less easy to find the winner of the second race on the card but those that had kept faith with Crafty Roberto were to prosper.

Alex Hales came off the trainer's cold list as the 14/1 shot took the measure of No To Trident.

Sawpit Supreme (5/1) secured the ECS Hawksy's Heroes Handicap Chase under an enterprising ride from Tommy Phelan.

David Bridgwater's mare kept on stoutly to repel the late thrust of William Money.

There was never a likelihood of a funereal gallop in the Calverts Carpets and Flooring York Handicap Hurdle with Marodima in the field, and having sat off the pace in the early stages, Tony McCoy delivered the progressive Thunderstorm (6/4f) to the cheekiest of victories.

Despite having the largest prize money anywhere in the country, just four entries obtained for the Late Great Ted Munnelly Birthday Memorial Novices' Chase.

Just two completed an eventual race and Fourjacks (10/11f) was able to give weight and a wide margin beating to Brief Mark.

It was very much one for the ladies as Keeverfield (9/1) took the Calverts Carpets York Handicap Chase.

The veteran was always handy under 7lb conditional Samantha Drake and was a second winner out of the last two starters for Joanne Foster's stable.

Tim Walford's yard have landed a few gambles over the years but he was responsible for foiling one on this occasion.

Salto Chisco was sent off an odds-on favourite in the closing bumper but the Donald McCain runner was deprived of victory by 66/1 outsider, King Of Strings.


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