Powell a chip off old block after hat-trick at Plumpton
IT was very much a case of winners breeding winners at Plumpton yesterday -- not among the equine bluebloods, but the jockeys.
Plenty of ups and downs no doubt await Brendan Powell Jnr in his own riding career, but he is plainly well equipped to follow in the footsteps of his Grand National-winning father.
The teenager rode his first treble yesterday -- two winners for his boss, Colin Tizzard, and another for Powell Snr, nowadays a trainer.
Despite the miserable underfoot conditions at the racecourse, the youngster was beaming from ear to ear after Tizzard's Drawn Free (17/2) completed his 40/1 hat-trick in the closing handicap hurdle.
"A great day, very good. The winners make you feel like it's a sunny day," said the young rider after his last win. "It's great to get a double for the boss and a winner for dad, so it couldn't be better."
The 7lb claimer got the ball rolling on Dark And Dangerous (2/1), which handled the testing conditions in game fashion to take the opening juvenile hurdle.
With the benefit of previous jumping experience, he pulled away from his nearest pursuer Hi Note from the second last to record a four-and-a-half-length victory.
"He's a very honest little horse and he'll stay all day. He's done nothing wrong and he didn't give him a bad ride," observed Powell Snr with a dash of realism. "He's a straightforward horse and the lad had a word with AP (McCoy), who said to make plenty of use of him.
"It's the owner's dream to maybe go for something like a Fred Winter (at Cheltenham) later in the season. He's a tough, hardy horse and seems to cope with any ground."
Ohio Gold (4/9 favourite) was Powell's easiest winner as he landed the odds in great fashion in the novices hurdle. Riding with utmost confidence, Powell pushed last month's Folkestone winner into a clear lead three out, scoring by 22 lengths from Isleofhopendreams.
"This lad did it very well. He's a horse that travels so well and he jumped brilliantly," said the jockey.
Another father/son combination, that of trainer Gary Moore and 5lb claiming conditional Joshua, struck with Reblis (13/2), which took the staying handicap chase, bounding clear from the third-last fence to win by 11 lengths from Its A Classic.