Thursday 14 December 2017

Coleman secures four-timer

Aidan Coleman riding Mudita Moment
Aidan Coleman riding Mudita Moment

Nick Robson

CORK jockey Aidan Coleman teamed up with Venetia Williams to record a four-timer at Plumpton.

Dubawi Island (8/13 favourite) got the day off to the perfect start for the partnership by claiming the two-mile novices' hurdle.

Williams and Coleman doubled up as 4/6 market leader Brick Red slammed his rivals in the novices' chase.

The pair completed a hat-trick as 5/4 favourite Marcilhac held on in an exciting renewal of the two-mile, five-furlong novices' hurdle.

Mudita Moment was 4/6 to follow up his New Year's Eve victory at Warwick in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle, and did so by beating Sweet Boy Vic by three-quarters of a length.

However, the pair were out of luck with their other entry Browns Brook, which was struggling in second place when slipping up turning into the straight in the race won by Upton Mead.

The day's feature went to the father and son team of Gary and Joshua Moore, who claimed a gruelling renewal of the At The Races Sussex National with Reblis.

Held up just off a strong pace, the gutsy nine-year-old fended off all-comers to follow in the hoofprints of stablemate Well Refreshed, which won the race 12 months ago.

Plenty had cried enough as they headed down the back straight, but Moore's inmate was still going along nicely and took over the running from Monkerty Tunkerty.

Champion jockey Tony McCoy did his best to get 7/2 favourite Smoking Aces into the race and he briefly looked a threat.

Ultimately, however, Reblis was not for catching and passed the post with four and a half lengths in hand. "He loves soft ground, he goes on the track and stays forever," said Moore Snr.

"We'll see what the handicapper does and we'll try and plan something with him, but the Midlands National would be at the back of my mind.

"Four miles round Uttoxeter should suit him as you generally get soft ground there."

Over at Southwell, another Corkman was on the mark as Don Cantillon's La Estrella moved to within two victories of equalling the tally of the all-weather horse in England with the most wins.

The evergreen 11-year-old struck for the 23rd time on an artificial surface when he readily justified odds of 1/25 in the selling stakes under Graham Lee.

La Estrella has won 15 races at Southwell and now trails leading all-weather horse China Castle by two.

Meanwhile, the weather continues to disrupt the fixture schedule with tomorrow's meeting at Chepstow being abandoned due to waterlogging.

Following the Welsh National card on December 28, which took place in very testing conditions, a further 74mm of rain has fallen making the decision fairly easy. With 10-12mm forecast throughout yesterday and rain around today and tomorrow, the decision for officials after the 9.0am inspection did not take long to reach.

Leicester's meeting tomorrow must survive an 8.0am inspection today. There has been a slight improvement in conditions, but hopes rest on the amount of rainfall the course receives.

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