Sleep Easy makes no mistake at Wincanton

A review of Wednesday's action at Wincanton, where Young jockey Harry Reed was seen to very good effect on Sleep Easy.

Young jockey Harry Reed was seen to very good effect when partnering Neil Mulholland's Sleep Easy to victory in the Lycetts Farm And Estate Insurance Brokers Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton.

Sent off at 6/1 after slightly disappointing at Taunton last time out, he came there in the straight hard on the bridle looking a cut above his opponents.

The five-year-old beat Town Parks by five lengths to give the 7lb conditional a third career winner.

"Neil's been very good to me, I can't complain at all since I started working for him," said Reed.

"I'm riding good horses every day there and that can only help

"He travelled very well, today, and jumped superbly the whole way.

"He had a look at the last and dived at it, but I was probably there too soon. My only concern was the ground today and on better ground he'll be even better."

The opening novice hurdle went the way of 4/9 favourite Fountains Windfall for Anthony Honeyball and Aidan Coleman.

His task was made much easier by the absence of morning market rival Like The Sound.

"He was odds-on and won like you'd like to see an odds-on shot win," Coleman told Racing UK.

"It was a good find from Anthony to find a race like that at his local track.

"Anthony just said to keep it simple and it was very easy. I don't think ground is an issue, it might be when he steps up in grade."

Tom George and Adrian Heskin continued their good season when Ballinvarrig (5/4 joint-favourite) was an easy winner of the feature Fortress Home Insurance Handicap Chase.

Paul Nicholls Orbassa, the other joint-favourite, was beaten a long way out before being passed on the run-in by Uhlan Bute for second.

The Dick Woodhouse Trophy Hunter Chase was won last year by Victoria Pendleton on Pacha Du Polder and another rider enjoyed his first win under Rules as Loch Ba (4/1) turned it into a procession.

James Jackson-Stops also owns the former Mick Channon inmate and was overjoyed at the outcome, providing his trainer Francesca Nimmo with a first winner, also.

"He was such a good ride and I absolutely loved it," said Jackson-Stops

"Francesca is an old family friend and I've been really keen to support her. It hasn't sunk in yet that I've had a winner under Rules. We bought him with the intention of going to Aintree but we'll see how he is."

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