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Harty holds Cee Bee back for Power

Captain Cee Bee will head for the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on December 27 after trainer Eddie Harty elected to miss Wednesday's rescheduled John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

A Grade One winner over hurdles and fences, Captain Cee Bee has raced once so far this season, landing the Poplar Square at Naas at the end of October.

Harty said: "He will probably wait for the two-mile chase at Leopardstown at Christmas.

"It's getting a bit close to Christmas now, and I was a bit worried about him running over two and a half on what could be heavy ground."

Keith Reveley showed off his training skills in fine style at Catterick as he left the North Yorkshire track with three winners to his credit.

Sambelucky (15-2), Columbus Secret (66-1) and Heavenly Chorus (7-1) also struck gold to give the handler a monster 4,555-1 hat-trick on the first day of racing in the North since Musselburgh's November 26 fixture.

The highlight of the treble was the victory of Columbus Secret, who sprung a surprise in the Buy Your 2011 Annual Badge Today Maiden Chase.

Ridden by the trainer's son, James, the five-year-old made good headway to lead two fences from home and kept on well to deny Time Out by three-quarters of a length.

"Although he's a scopey horse, he probably doesn't handle very heavy ground," said Reveley.

"He did the job well and jumped very well for a young horse, so hopefully he has a decent future."

The stable's first winner came via Sambelucky, who secured a narrow verdict in a thrilling finish to the Wensley Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle under Russell Lindsay, having his first ever ride under Rules.

"It's great for Russell. He came to me in August and has done a lot of riding and hunting," Reveley continued.

"He's a very nice lad and he's only 17 -- I was glad to give him his first ride and even more so when it won."

Victory for Heavenly Chorus was the final leg of the three as he proved much too good for his rivals in the Racing Again On 28th December Handicap Chase

"Heavenly Chorus ran at the last meeting at Musselburgh where she had run well to finish second," said Reveley.

"She was properly fit and the race was run to suit as they went a proper pace. She's a nice mare."

British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Coward will leave the organisation in the spring.

Coward was appointed four years ago to run and then merge the British Horseracing Board and Horseracing Regulatory Authority into the new British Horseracing Authority, and lead a change programme.


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