Yorkist wins for Ellison

  • Last Updated: February 22 2014, 17:58 GMT

Brian Ellison's Yorkist has been in great heart and notched his fourth win of the season in the Betfred Win Gold Cup Tickets On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.

Brian Ellison: Won with Yorkist
Brian Ellison: Won with Yorkist

Sixth in the Scottish County Hurdle under Tony McCoy, he was reunited with 7lb claimer Nathan Moscrop and able to get back to winning ways.

Moscrop's mount pulled clear with Mojolika from the second-last and they were separated by a length and three-quarters at the line.

Ellison said of the 6-1 winner: "He's done very well this season. Nathan rides him well and has won all four on him. He rides him every day so he knows him inside out.

"It was a hot race last time and he didn't have Nathan's claim. AP (McCoy) said he'd be better on a galloping track.

"He'll go chasing one day and I always thought he wanted better ground."

The Ramblin Kid paid a compliment to Red Sherlock when springing a minor shock in the Betfred Goals Galore Novices' Hurdle.

Beaten six lengths by the Neptune second-favourite at Wetherby, he may have been flattered there but looked to have benefited enormously for the initial experience over timber.

Venetia Williams' Panama Petrus was sent off favourite but jumped sloppily while Jonjo O'Neill's Ivy Gate appeared to have his stamina stretched, allowing Jason Maguire on Micky Hammond's 14-1 chance to come home seven lengths clear.

"He's a half-brother to Riverside Theatre," said Hammond.

"Potentially he's very exciting and he's going to make a lovely chaser."

Tim Easterby's Dark Dune (11-8 favourite) had caught a couple of tartars in his hurdling career to date but made no mistake under James Reveley in the Betfred-sponsored two-mile novices' hurdle.

"He's been a bit unlucky or it's been bad placing," said Easterby.

"He wasn't a bad Flat horse and he'll jump a fence one day."

Wicklow Lad (4-1) defied a career-high mark at the age of 10 to win the Betfred TV Handicap Chase, collaring the Pipe-trained Consigliere after the last.


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