Wednesday Review (04/03/09)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action.
With the favourite Le Briar Soul parting company with Christian Williams, the feature Timeform Radio Handicap Chase went to Sesame Rambler. Given his head from the tapes and allowed to gallop, Sesame Rambler made all - staying on well up the hill to beat the Hazeljack.
Trainer Tim Vaughan’s amazing season continued with yet another winner, this time in the shape of Crashtown Hall in the two mile six furlong Novices’ Hurdle. A new recruit for the trainer, this previous bumper winner returned to form despite wandering after the last to put a couple of lengths between himself and Fruity O’Rooney.
Local trainer Gary Moore opened the Fontwell card with a winner as Astrodome and Philip Hide held off his older rival Ermine Sea under an all out AP McCoy drive to register his first victory over obstacles.
McCoy gained some compensation in the last when City Theatre just got the better of the Timmy Murphy-ridden 2/1 favourite Legal Bid as the front pair dominated the two and a quarter mile contest from some way out.
Racing off bottom weight, Killfinnan Castle made the best of his way home from three out to win the AS It Should Be Handicap Chase from the top weight Rosoff who, despite being beaten 11 lengths, still ran a blinder as the nearest pursuer was a further 9 lengths back.
The closet finish of the day came in the Hands And Heels Jumps Series as the 12/1 shot Days of Pleasure just got the better of the favourite Head To Kerry as two young pilots, M Roe and Mr P Toole, did battle from the last without the assistance of a whip.
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