JOCKEY CLUB NEWS: Round-up of the day's action at Wincanton

Published 2021/01/21

Aidan Coleman and Olly Murphy teamed up to secure a double at Wincanton, including a victory on debut for Sure Touch in the Racing TV Extra 4 Screens Live “Newcomers” Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Carrying the colours of former Cheltenham Racecourse chairman Robert Waley-Cohen, the 5-4 chance made light work of testing conditions in the 1m 7 1/2f prize to strike gold at the first time of asking by three lengths.

Ger Tumelty, assistant trainer, said:

“It was our first runner for Mr Waley-Cohen and his family and it was great to get off the mark. He is a horse with a lovely pedigree.

“He travelled well and he picked up nicely. He was a little bit green and he didn’t do a whole pile when he got there but that’s a good sign. I’d say he won with a little bit up his sleeve. I’d like to think further down the line better ground would suit him in the spring.”

Fabrique En France (11-4) had got the ball rolling for Murphy and Coleman when making his first start since a wind operation a triumphant one by two and a quarter lengths in the Timeform Premium Ratings Available At “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle over the same trip.

Tumelty said: “He is a straightforward horse and it’s great to get another winner for Mr and Mrs Moran as they are great supporters of the yard. I’d say the wind operation has really helped him and that has made the difference. At Leicester he travelled nicely but he didn’t go on late on.”

Meanwhile trainer Richard Rowe praised jockey Niall Houlihan, who reduced his claim from 7lbs to 5lbs when celebrating the 20th victory of his career with a length and a quarter victory aboard Mister Murchan in the Follow @RacingTV On Instagram Novices’ Handicap Chase.

The Storrington handler said of the winning rider:

“For a young lad he has a mature head on him in the race. What I like is he doesn’t panic which is a good sign in any jockey. He is with good people with the Moores and they will teach him well. If he gets on the right horses he will have a bright future.”

Of the 3-1 winner he added:

“He was always going to be staying on over two and a half miles as he won over three miles one at Plumpton a year ago. There is a race at Kempton in three weeks’ time over three miles we might look at.”

The decision by trainer Evan Williams to put the chasing career of Mack The Man on hold was instantly rewarded after the seven year old set up a second shot at next month’s Betfair Hurdle at Newbury when taking the Visit Handicap Hurdle by three quarters of a length.

Jockey Adam Wedge said of the 10-11 winner following his victory in the 1m 7 1/2f prize:

“He has gone and got a bit of confidence today and it is a lovely little race to come back over hurdles in. He hasn’t enjoyed the ground but his class has got him through it.

“I don’t see why he couldn’t go for a nice handicap again. He was A1 and we were going to go for the Imperial Cup but that was called off. He should be off a good weight in the Betfair.”

Brinkley (5-2) left behind his below par return at Exeter last month when bouncing back to form with a decisive nine length success over 2m 5 1/2f in the 100% RacingTV Profits Back To Racing Handicap Hurdle.

Tom Scudamore said of the David Pipe-trained winner:

“I liked him a lot after Newbury and I don’t know what went wrong with him at Exeter last time and we were very disappointed. That was more like back to his Newbury run. He will make a nice chaser in time.”