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Oscar Rock s bubble was burst by Ballyalton in
the Straightline Construction "The French Furze"
Malcolm Jefferson s Oscar Rock was sent off at
the prohibitive price of 4/9 and everything appeared
to be going smoothly as Brian Hughes moved up
alongside Blakemount entering the straight.
However, Tony McCoy was streamlining him on
Ballyalton, owned by golfer Lee Westwood s father,
John, and a slicker jump at the penultimate flight
saw him hit the front.
Hughes got serious with his mount but he did not
make any inroads after the last and went down by
half a length to the 3/1 chance.
Winning trainer Ian Williams, who is in the middle
of a purple patch, said: "That was lovely. He was too
keen for the trip, really, as he was a bit fresh. He
missed an intended race at Cheltenham so, in effect,
he was having his first run of the season again. He s
done the job well and he s taken a big scalp there."
Graham Calder, owner of Oscar Rock, said: "Brian
said the ground was just a bit quick for him as he
was changing his legs in the straight. If he d jumped
the second last quicker you never know what might
have happened. We might look at the Challow next,
it s likely to be softer."
Lucinda Russell s Green Flag had earlier stretched
his unbeaten record over fences to three with victory
in the opening Pin Point Recruitment Novices Limited
The apple of his trainer s eye, the 5/6 favourite
may have been forced to work harder in the home
straight but for the fall of Streams Of Whiskey at
the second-last when the pair were locked in bat-
tle.That was unfortunate for Nicky Richards charge,
who had also come down last time.
In the event, Green Flag, due to turn seven in a
few weeks, came home nine lengths clear of Green
Wizard in the hands of Peter Buchanan.
"I absolutely love him," said Russell. "He won the
French Furze over hurdles on this card last year but
while I used to get nervous running him over hurdles,
I don t over fences as he was born for the job."
Brian Ellison moved on to 98 winners for the cal-
endar year when Presented justified 9/4 favouritism
in the Coopers Marquees Handicap Chase.
The Malton handler has enjoyed his best ever year,
highlighted by the exploits of Top Notch Tonto on
Ellison has always mixed it in both spheres, though,
and Presented went one better than at Hexham on
his seasonal reappearance, with James Reveley s part-
ner defeating Twice Lucky by three lengths.
Swing Hard (5/1) jumped immaculately to take the
Anglo Scottish Handicap Chase. Ryan Mania fired
the five-year-old at the second-last fence and he
pulled five lengths clear of Palos Conti.
McCoy and Nicky Henderson teamed up to win
the closing novices hurdle with new recruit Full Shift
(8/13 favourite) having won the feature race of the
day with My Tent Or Yours.
Oscar rocked by Ballyalton
Alan King completed a double at Newbury cour-
tesy of Valdez and Vendor.
Valdez s fluent start to life over fences continued
apace in the bet365.com Novices Limited Handicap
Alan King s 2/1 chance, who has a prominent white
face, took time to get going on his first chase start
at Exeter, but he jumped beautifully for Robert Thorn-
ton here and came home in splendid isolation by 24
lengths. The 5/4 favourite Black River was out of the
race when coming down on the back straight.
Valdez was given a first show of 20/1 for the Racing
Post Arkle at the Cheltenhem Festival by Betfred.
The double was brought up by Vendor who appears
to have turned over a new leaf judged by his per-
formance in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle.
Once a great hope for Barbury Castle who was
third in last year s Fred Winter, the grey produced
a string of dismal efforts last season.
A 16/1 chance here and deserted by Thornton in
favour of Batonnier, Vendor gave Jack Doyle a fine
passage through and powered two and a half lengths
Newmarket-based Don Cantillon remains a shrewd
operator on his day and his As I Am strung her rivals
out all over Berkshire in the opening TBA Mares
Capable of rattling off a four-timer during the
summer, the 11/2 chance had lost her sequence when
second on her reappearance at Wincanton last month
but Conor Shoemark resumed front-running tactics
and was never threatened.
V for victory
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