Thursday 14 December 2017

Progressive Pendra looks another star for McManus

Pendra and Tony McCoy on their way to victory
Pendra and Tony McCoy on their way to victory

Nick Robson

CARRYING the JP McManus silks, Pendra was undoubtedly the star of the show at Lingfield and had no trouble making it two from two over fences under Tony McCoy.

Having just the seventh race of his life, the Charlie Longsdon-trained youngster continued his education with a near-faultless display over two miles.

Sent off at 1/6, the five-year-old jumped well in the main and easily beat Marcus Antonius by two and a half lengths.

"He's going to have to have a couple of runs in a higher grade now and I'll have to discuss it with Frank Berry (owner JP McManus' racing manager) and AP. I imagine it will be over two and a half miles somewhere, but there aren't many options," said Longsdon.

"We could run him in one of the good novice handicaps or in a Graded race. AP was very happy with his jumping, he was a lot better today."

Another easy winner on the card was Fergal O'Brien's Down Ace, which benefited from Timmy Murphy's tender handling in the mares' novice hurdle. Unbeaten in two bumpers and now two over hurdles for O'Brien, she will now step up in class, but where that will be has still to be decided.

Meanwhile, Godolphin have purchased a majority share in Jim Bolger's Irish Derby winner Trading Leather.

The Teofilo colt, which will stay in training with Bolger, also finished second to Novellist in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and to Declaration Of War in the Juddmonte International.

Sheikh Mohammed's operation has also acquired unbeaten two-year-old Piping Rock, which will be trained by Richard Hannon Jnr when he takes over the licence from his father.

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