Wetherby: Shadows Lengthen gains Listed success
Michael Easterby’s Shadows Lengthen landed the Listed bet365 Handicap Chase at Wetherby in emphatic style under Brian Harding. The 8yo, a winner of two chases last season, earned the biggest prize of his career to date with a bloodless victory despite being very weak in the market.
Sent off a general 20/1 shot, Shadows Lengthen was held up early in the 2m 4f contest but came travelling smoothly into the race under a patient ride from Harding. They eventually went to the head of the field before three out and soon went clear before eased down near the line having recorded a 7 length victory.
The Listed Juvenile Hurdle on the card went the way of the impressive Full Day for Brian Ellison and Danny Cook. Having won her first two starts over timber at Newton Abbot and Sedgefield, she ran a game race when stepped up in class at Market Rasen last time but bounced back to winning ways here but was made to work hard in the end.
Outsider Magic Magnolia had made the running but came under pressure when joined by the eventual winner three from home. She began to find more but met with an eager challenger in Full Day who eventually rallied to score by just 1/2 length.
Meanwhile over at Uttoxeter, classy hurdler Sgt Reckless made an impressive start to his Chasing career with an effortless victory under Brian Hughes. Mick Channon’s charge, 4th in the Supreme Novices Hurdle last season, put in a super round of jumping before easing clear in the closing stages to beat Gentleman Jon by 3 1/2 lengths.
Hughes told At The Races: “He was the best hurdler in the field and his form was solid. He’s jumped his way around and did everything I asked him to do.
“He didn’t really like that ground. He’s lost both front shoes and it’s just a bit sticky for him. For a big strong horse you’d think he’d handle soft ground, but he’s a good mover and he likes top of the ground.
“He was never out of first gear, which is what you’d expect from a horse like him.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
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