Quinn thrilled with Recession
John Quinn has big plans for the progressive Recession Proof after the exciting dual-purpose performer claimed the notable scalp of Bothy in a 'Jumpers' Bumper' at Southwell yesterday.
The latter had chased home leading Champion Hurdle aspirant Menorah in last month's Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham and was the 2/1 favourite for this two-mile all-weather contest.
But the alarm bells were ringing for his supporters from an early stage as Fearghal Davis got to work a long way out and he could only manage fifth.
Recession Proof (7/2) arrived on the back of two victories and a second from three starts over obstacles and, always close to the pace, Dougie Costello's mount kept finding to score by two and a half lengths from Bivouac.
"That was grand -- just the job. It's a very different surface at Southwell and you either take to it or you don't, but luckily he has," said Quinn. "The plan for him is to go for the totesport Trophy at Newbury on February 12. He won't run in the meantime."
Bothy's trainer Brian Ellison gained some compensation in a later contest as 5/2 joint-favourite Palomar edged out Riguez Dancer. "He's a good old horse and has done it well," said Ellison. "He likes going right-handed, so we might look at something like the Imperial Cup at Sandown for him. Then there's the County Hurdle and races like that."
Priceless Art was made to pull out all the stops to justify very cramped odds in an earlier contest.
Alan Swinbank waxed lyrical about the five-year-old following his facile course success less than a week ago and he was sent off at 2/11 to follow up.
All appeared to be going according to plan until the final straight but 20/1 chance Jack The Gent proved a tougher nut to crack than anticipated.
The two of them settled down to fight it out and Priceless Art just managed to get the better of the argument by a head.
"He's still a nice horse," said the Richmond handler. "We'll give him a month off now and then run him in a novices' hurdle somewhere on a bit of good ground."
Swinbank had another odds-on shot go to post for the concluding race, but the strong-travelling First Rock (5/6) could not repel the late charge of 9/2 chance Lightening Rod.
Ferdy Murphy's The Hollinwell went some way to repairing his reputation with a battling display from the front in the totequadpot 'Jumpers' Bumper'.
The 12/1 chance won twice during his novice chase season but had disappointed on his first couple of starts of the current campaign. Always travelling strongly under Graham Lee, the seven-year-old fought off the challenge of Natural Spring by a head.