Piece of the ac­tion proves his worth

The five-year-old pro­duces a poignant win and Joe O’Shea adds to his spoils

Horse & Hound - - Point-to-point - By PETER BURGON

Bor­der, Hex­ham Race­course, Northum­ber­land

AF­TER fin­ish­ing last sea­son as the high­est rated five-year-old in the coun­try, Piece of the ac­tion, un­der Jack An­drews, made the best pos­si­ble start to the new cam­paign, with a 10-length vic­tory over Lough Derg Is­land (Alex Chad­wick) in the con­di­tions race.

Con­fi­dently rid­den, he reeled in long-time leader Re­lax (Will Ram­say) on the fi­nal cir­cuit be­fore tak­ing it up af­ter two out, set­tling the is­sue in a mat­ter of strides.

The young­ster car­ries the colours of Al­nwick land agent Ge­orge White: “That’s for my

fa­ther, Frank, who died in Oc­to­ber, aged 96,” he said. “He al­ways used to col­lect the cups when­ever one of my horses won and I hope he’s look­ing down on us to­day. Piece of the ac­tion will run again at Al­nwick on 16 De­cem­ber and then go un­der Rules.’’

‘RELENTLESS GAL­LOP’

IR­ISH AN­THEM and Immy Robin­son fol­lowed up last week’s North Here­ford­shire mem­bers’ race success in the ladies’ open, to make it five wins from six run­ners this sea­son for trainer Joe O’Shea.

Al­ways in the lead­ing duo, Ir­ish An­them was never headed from the eighth and main­tained a relentless gal­lop to beat Iron Chan­cel­lor (Jess Bedi) by 21 lengths in the best time of the day.

Immy, who works for an in­no­va­tion char­ity, said: “I knew from Joe that Ir­ish An­them had been bounc­ing at home since Ea­ton Hall and the plan was to make it a true test of stamina.’’

Af­ter two out­ings be­tween the flags in Ire­land in Oc­to­ber, Up­town Harry (Tom Straw­son) had a dis­tinct fit­ness ad­van­tage over his 13 ri­vals in the open maiden, and duly came up trumps from promis­ing four-year-old, Enry Ig­gins, un­der Joe Wright.

Ol­lie Pim­lott, son of the win­ning trainer, Chris, said: “We were qui­etly con­fi­dent, as he had been work­ing bet­ter at home than Streets Of Mi­lan, who won last sea­son’s maiden hunters’ chase at Hex­ham. He now heads to the As­cot sales on 10 De­cem­ber.’’

More than five years af­ter scor­ing over hur­dles at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val, the ver­sa­tile Ted Veale (Kit Alexan­der) struck gold on his first start for new con­nec­tions, af­ter chang­ing hands for £14,500 at Goffs Don­caster sales in Septem­ber.

Piece­ofthe­ac­tion heads for an im­pres­sive con­di­tions win with jockey Jack An­drews at the helm

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