Carlisle: Clouds rains on Holywell return
Many Clouds came out victorious in the Listed Intermediate Chase at Carlisle, downing strong Gold Cup Holywell who was making his seasonal reappearance. Oliver Sherwood’s charge was also making his first appearance of the season having been last seen finishing 21 lengths behind Holywell at Aintree last season.
Many Clouds looks a much stronger animal this season if today’s performance is anything to go by and showed a really tough attitude as he fought off a persistent challenge from 9/4 favourite Eduard under Leighton Aspell. A Grade 2 winner when last seen at Ayr, Nicky Richards’ Eduard put it up to Sherwood’s charge on the run in but was always held and failed by just 1 1/4 lengths.
Sherwood said of the winner: “I’m over the moon with him. He’s a man of a horse this year. He was only a teenager last season.
“I thought when he was brought down in the RSA it might be a blessing in disguise as we were planning to go for the Hennessy and the handicapper wouldn’t be able to put him up.
“Having come here, I’m a bit worried what the handicapper might do. We’ll see.
“He’s an improving horse. It would be nice to go for the Hennessy, but he does need winter ground, like it is here.”
Jonjo O’Neill’s Holywell, last season’s top rated Novice, will obviously strip fitter for the run and jockey A.P McCoy was happy enough with his performance in today’s feature race.
“He ran very well, much better than at this time last year, which is a plus. It’s tiring ground out there.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/EMPICS Sport
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