Blue bags quick-fire double

Last week’s controversial Hereford winner Am I Blue secured a quick follow-up success in the South West Racing Club Novices’ Hurdle at Newton Abbot.

The four-year-old attracted plenty of attention after being backed in from 25-1 to 5-1 last Wednesday and in a further twist, leading jockey Richard Johnson was called up as a late replacement for 5lb claimer Dean Coleman.

She duly made every yard of the running and passed the post 19 lengths ahead, prompting the British Horseracing Authority to announce that their Integrity Services and Licensing Department would be looking into the race.

Turned out less than a week later before the handicapper had chance to reassess her mark, Am I Blue was sent off the 5-6 favourite and was again ridden prominently by Johnson.

You Can Of Course briefly threatened to make a race of it on the turn for home, but Am I Blue quickly powered clear to ease to a 22-length success.

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