Brennan sparkles with 259/1 treble at Southwell
Paddy Brennan was the jockey to follow at Southwell yesterday as the Galway native landed a sparkling 259/1 treble from his three booked rides.
The Gold Cup-winning rider kicked off in style by making all on Charlie Longsdon's Ravastree, whose task in the staying handicap chase was made easier when the odds-on Mr Chow fell seven fences from home.
Brennan then went for home a long way out on Johnny Owen in the two-mile handicap hurdle, and the 3/1 second favourite duly justified strong support. Master Cynk from Tom George's stable brought up the jockey's treble when the 12/1 outsider finished strongly to make a winning debut in the closing bumper.
In-form trainer Nicky Henderson went one better than Brennan by having four winners evenly spread between Southwell and Huntingdon. Eradicate got Henderson off the mark at Southwell by edging out Kudu Country after a thrilling duel in the novice chase.
The Swinton Hurdle winner joined Kudu Country at the second last before battling strongly to take the spoils under a fine ride from promising conditional David Bass. Bass later completed his own 8/1 double for the Seven Barrows maestro by guiding Oscar Nominee to a facile success in the two-mile maiden hurdle.
A further brace at Huntingdon for Henderson brought his tally for the season to 93. The first success came in his own colours in the opening two-and-a-half-mile novice hurdle as conditional Gary Derwin showed the way home aboard Joseph Lister.
Derwin needed to bustle along the even-money favourite but he quickly picked up the bit and drew four-and-a-half lengths clear.
"It's about time I sold him. He'll make a fun chaser for someone but I've been keeping him for my kids to ride," said Henderson, whose daughter Camilla is an aspiring amateur rider.
Henderson's Heather Royale later justified odds of 4/9 in the two-mile novice hurdle, though Andrew Tinkler's mount only just held off Strongly Suggested by a neck.
"We were trying to get a bit of black type at Ascot and just failed," said Henderson. "Unfortunately you'd struggle to find a Listed two-mile race, which is what she needs. There are plenty in Ireland, but not here."
The season's leading trainer in the UK had to settle for the runner-up berth in the novice handicap chase as Cheney Manor played second fiddle to Global Flyer, trained by Caroline Bailey.
John Ferguson's runners continue to add a fascinating dimension to the jumps season as the trainer struck with his first juvenile hurdler. Known in the bloodstock world as the man who spots and buys horses for Sheikh Mohammed's far-reaching Flat empire, Ferguson has taken delivery of quite a few Darley and Godolphin cast-offs.
Asaid was placed in all four starts for Saeed bin Suroor, without looking desperately straightforward, but became Ferguson's 14th winner under Rules when pulling two lengths away from Henderson's One Lucky Lady for regular stable rider Jack Quinlan.
"It's going better than I expected, and we even managed two winners in the point-to-point at Cottenham last Sunday," said Ferguson afterwards.
Dual Ascot bumper winner Population has been one of Ferguson's horses to look destined for better things, but he played down any talk of a large Cheltenham Festival squad.
"I think we have one or two possibles, but it's a long way away still and I don't want to tempt fate," he added.