Parlour is Game in Challow Hurdle
The John Ferguson trained Parlour Games showed a good attitude to win the Grade 1 Challow Novices Hurdle at Newbury. The son of Monsoun was ridden patiently by Noel Fehily, took the lead after the final flight and held the persistent challenge Vyta Du Roc.
The six year old was a really decent sort on the level running to a mark of 99 and now looks to have transferred that ability to the hurdling sphere. This was his second time scoring at Graded level having beaten today’s rival, Blaklion at Cheltenham in November. He looks a horse to follow for the remainder of the season, as does today’s runner up Vyta Du Ro,c who came in to the Newbury event chasing a five timer. He ran with real credit here and the main protagonists from this event could well dominate the staying novice division for the rest of the season.
Winning trainer, John Ferguson said: “I always felt he was the best we’d had, and that he was all class. He did just the same as at Cheltenham last time, which is great.
“I did find it quite interesting that he went off at the price he did after beating Blaklion four and a half lengths on that occasion. He’s a gorgeous horse to have around and is bred like he’s in the royal family.
“That was the first time Noel had sat on him, and he was impressed. I don’t think he needs to run again before Cheltenham.”
Another notable performance on the card was the victory of Far West in the Novices Handicap Chase. The Paul Nicholls trained five year old was scoring for the first time over fences having filled the runner up berth on his previous two attempts at the larger obstacles.
Having been given a fine waiting ride by the inform Sam Twiston-Davies, the french bred showed a willing attitude to gain the advantage in the shadow of the winning line to beat Seventh Sky. Royal Regatta, who was sent off favourite, finished last of the three who completed, with Fayette County falling in the home straight. Far West was a high class sort over the smaller obstacles running to a mark of 148 and winning at Grade 2 level as well as finishing second to Melodic Rendezvous.
JJ Slevin 29/12/14
Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
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