Sus­sex pair in hon­ours at As­cot

West Sussex Gazette - - EQUESTRIAN -

Leighton Aspell and Nick Gif­ford be­gan As­cot’s lat­est jump-rac­ing meet­ing in style. The Pul­bor­ough jockey and Fin­don trainer teamed up to land the opener, the Rosling King Ju­ve­nile Hur­dle, with 8/1 chance Be­largus.

It was a great af­ter­noon’s ac­tion and also fea­tured dou­bles for train­ers Nigel Twis­ton-Davies and Nicky Hen­der­son. Twis­ton-Davies scored with Blue

Flight, an 11/2 win­ner of the Match­book Am­a­teur Rid­ers’ Hand­i­cap Chase, and Bal­ly­moy (4/1) in the Match­book Hol­loway’s Hand­i­cap Hur­dle (Grade

3), while Hen­der­son struck first with Al­tior - one of the cur­rent big stars of the sport and a 1/10 win­ner of the Grade 1 Match­book Clarence House Chase. He com­pleted his dou­ble in the Match­book Bri­tish EBF “Na­tional Hunt” Novices’ Hur­dle with 4/5 favourite Down­town Get­away. Both Hen­der­son’s win­ners were rid­den by Nico de Boinville and Al­tior’s romp was the high­light of the af­ter­noon for most present

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