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Pieces fall into place for Puzzle


 Bitofapuzzle. Photo: PA

Bitofapuzzle. Photo: PA

Bitofapuzzle. Photo: PA

A QUIET afternoon of action yesterday was significantly boosted by the rearrangement of the Listed Huntingdon Racecourse/HBLB mares' bumper from the abandoned St Stephen's Day card.

It gave Harry Fry's Bitofapuzzle (5/2) an opportunity to stretch her unbeaten Rules record to two as Noel Fehily made all of the running to thwart the promising 9/4 favourite Tara Mist by four lengths.

Mijhaar's promising start to jumping came to an abrupt end as he took a tired final-flight fall when already toiling behind the Seamus Mullins-trained Steel City in the 32Red Casino Novices' Hurdle.

The market leader appeared to be struggling when 16/1 chance Steel City joined him at the third-last and eventually stretched 24 lengths clear of Arthur's Oak under Andrew Thornton.

Flemi Two Toes (7/2) prevailed in a great finish with Tarraco in the 32Red Handicap Chase, while Boomtown took the 32Red Casino Handicap Hurdle as 9/4 favourite.

Ringa Bay (5/2) was left with the 32Red.com Handicap Chase at his mercy after the exit of Strawberry Hill, while Aidan Coleman was given a two-day whip ban (January 16-17) on runner-up Mentalist.

Jake Greenall was in even hotter water with a 10-day ban (January 16-25) for failing to dismount the apparently lame Anshantor in the 32RedPoker.com Maiden Hurdle won by Carole's Destrier (11/8).

The 32Red Handicap Hurdle went to 11/4 favourite Beauboreen and the 32Red bumper to Philip Hobbs' 4/5 favourite River Deep.