Moore strikes Gold at Sandown

  • Last Updated: February 1 2014, 17:40 GMT

Jamie Moore rides Sandown better than most and helped mud-lover Grey Gold lift the Betfred "Goals Galore" Handicap Chase.

  • Grey Gold takes the second contest under Jamie Moore
  • Saroque and Aidan Coleman on their way to success 
  • The veterans roll back the years at the Esher track 

The 4/1 favourite managed to reverse placings on last month's Wetherby form with Desert Cry, who gave him a fright over the last couple of jumps but could only get within three-quarters of a length.

Trainer Richard Lee's wife Carol said: "He jumped beautifully and he loves heavy ground. Normally he can't run more than two or three times as he's fragile but this season has played to his strengths.

"Because of the ground, it makes it unlikely he could go to Cheltenham, but you never know."

Moore, who got a two-day whip ban (February 16 and 17), said: "Andrew Cooper is the clerk I've got most respect for. I saw the puddles when I came in today but he knows the place better than anyone. If he said it was a close call, it was a close call."

Venetia Williams, who went on to complete a treble later on the card, was one of the trainers quick to spy a new winning opportunity at Sandown and it all worked out well for Saroque in the Betfred "Double Delight" Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

This was one of three new races to be fitted in when the hurdles were called off after an inspection on Friday.

Saroque (3/1 joint-favourite) and Aidan Coleman were largely involved in a duel with Harry Skelton and Toby Lerone, coming off two and a quarter lengths ahead when it was all square at the last fence.

"It's just a shame his owner Andrew Brooks, who has Katenko with me, couldn't make it as it's his local track. We made hay at this time last year here and having runners on a Saturday is what it's all about," Williams said.

Stablemate Aachen justified 6/4 favouritism when shrugging off some ordinary jumping in the Betfred Mobile Veterans' Handicap Chase.

And a great day for the stable was sealed when Relax (9/1) regained his lead from Ardkilly Witness in a slow-motion finish to the Betfred Masters Handicap Chase.

"I thought coming here that they'd all got their chances but that was fantastic," Williams said.

"It's good prize money and we're all grateful to be racing. I'm absolutely thrilled with them all."


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