Posh Tr­ish shows a lust for glory in novices show­down

Sunday Sun - - Racing -

POSH Tr­ish bounced back to win­ning ways in gain­ing more valu­able black type with a game front-run­ning suc­cess in the Lad­brokes Mares’ Novices’ Hur­dle at New­bury.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Lust For Glory at the track on her most re­cent start, the Paul Ni­cholls-trained five-year-old turned the ta­bles on her last-time-out con­queror when de­feat­ing her by three-and-aquar­ter lengths in the ex­tended two-mile Listed prize.

Ni­cholls said of the 11-8 win­ner: “I thought we had a bet­ter chance on the weights and on the ground – the ground more than any­thing, as a test of stamina is much bet­ter for her.

“She is just a gal­loper. She could go to Chel­tenham (Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hur­dle at the Fes­ti­val), but that is a long way off and we will pick our way be­fore then.

“I’d not be ad­verse to that (Chal­low Hur­dle). There is a mares’ race at Taun­ton worth quite a lot of money and if the ground is soft, we might look at that.

“She is set­tling a lot bet­ter now and she learnt quite a bit the last day. She tried to make all in the bumper at Sandown last sea­son and just tanked all the way, but now she is much bet­ter.”

Kap­corse left his dis­ap­point­ing sea­sonal re­turn be­hind when lead­ing home a one-two for Ni­cholls with an em­phatic suc­cess in the Sir Peter O’Sull­e­van Memo­rial Hand­i­cap Chase.

Work­ing into the ex­tended two-mile-six prize well un­der Bry­ony Frost, the 14-1 shot pow­ered away from stable­mate and fel­low JP Mc­Manus-owned run­ner Brelan D’As to cross the line with 10 lengths in hand.

Ni­cholls said: “He won at Ban­gor, but he is a big, weak, baby­ish horse that has needed all the time in the world. He is still quite a weak horse. He has prob­a­bly won too far in the end, but he is a nice horse for the fu­ture.

“We will take it step by step and he is a horse we will just go qui­etly with and look af­ter. He is only five and just wants mind­ing.

“We just said drop him out and take our time to teach him some­thing. He tanked into it and Bry­ony gave him a good ride. There are no im­me­di­ate plans.”

Champ was an im­pres­sive four-and-a-half-length win­ner of the Lad­brokes Hand­i­cap Hur­dle, com­plet­ing a dou­ble for Nicky Hen­der­son, who had struck ear­lier with Santini.

The well-backed 9-2 joint­favourite Champ pow­ered through the two-and-a-half-mile con­test and pulled him­self to the front in the straight un­der Ai­dan Cole­man for owner JP Mc­Manus.

Still a novice af­ter two vic­to­ries in May, the im­pos­ing six-year-old had plenty in hand from run­ner-up Le Musee and fel­low joint favourite Speedo Boy.

Hen­der­son said: “He was trav­el­ling very well, and a lit­tle bit of a gap ap­peared – a horse in front of him made a mis­take and he landed in front.

“Ai­dan said there was noth­ing he could do about it, and that was not the plan at all.

“The beauty of him is that he is still a novice. That’s his hand­i­cap hur­dle won, I’d say.”

Kap­corse rid­den by Bry­ony Frost wins the Sir Peter O’Sull­e­van Memo­rial Hand­i­cap Chase at New­bury yes­ter­day

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