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Dynamic duo Williams and Coleman seal double


Aidan Coleman riding Toubeera. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan Coleman riding Toubeera. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan Coleman riding Toubeera. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

VENETIA WILLIAMS and Aidan Coleman are turning Plumpton into their private fiefdom as the thriving trainer and jockey combination added a double to their four-timer from eight days earlier.

Many of the riders in action believed conditions in East Sussex were as demanding as they had ever known, and many struggled to complete even several circuits in the cloying ground.

Williams and Coleman would have made it five winners together a week last Sunday had Browns Brook not slipped up on the home bend and Uhlan Bute and Toubeera were able to maintain their excellent strike-rate.

The 8/11 favourite Uhlan Bute got them off to a fine start in the opening Race Passes At timeform.com Novices' Hurdle, thwarting the well-backed Raven's Tower by a neck after good placed efforts at Sandown and Leicester earlier this winter.

The stewards looked into the ride of amateur Josh Pearce on Spartilla, who was sixth, and decided he had not taken all permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing measures on Dan O'Brien's gelding. He will be notified of the dates for a 10-day ban.

A match between 1/2 favourite Toubeera and Massannie panned out as expected in the EBF Stallions Mares' "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle, with David Pipe's mare missing the kick but soon getting herself back alongside.

Eventually, though, dual novice and bumper Toubeera drew nine lengths clear.



"I haven't always done well here," said Herefordshire-based Williams. "It's a long journey and I can remember some long drives home but they offer some very good prize money here."

Coleman, also reflecting on the double, said: "When the yard's in form, it's brilliant, and you wish it lasted 12 months of the year.

"Venetia and I have always done well at this time of year, and long may it continue."

Williams and Coleman had the 7/4 favourite for the SIS Live Novices' Limited Handicap Chase but Saroque was well-held in third behind David Bridgwater's runaway winner No Buts (11/4).

Rider Tom Scudamore said: "It's very hard to make up ground today so I kept him up front and his jumping won it."