Bradburne back among the winners

Bradburne back among the winners

Mark Bradburne rode his first winner since returning from serious injury when steering home Pairc Na Gcapall in the Crinkle Birr Handicap Chase at Taunton today.

The jockey only returned to action earlier this month after seriously damaging his back in a fall at Kelso in April.

He showed he had lost none of his desire to win with a forceful performance on Pairc Na Gcapall (7-2).

The Neil King-trained gelding carried top weight of 11st 12lb in the race over just less than three miles yet was always prominent.

He looked beaten when Some Craic took it up five out but both horse and rider found more to lead at the third-last and stay on strongly to beat Topless by three and a half lengths.

"He jumped from fence to fence. I've been off for six months, but I've been very lucky," Bradburne told At The Races.

"I'm delighted to be riding again. There are a few boys on the sidelines and I hope they come back soon.

"I feel fine riding. It's running and any sort of exercise that hurts.

"We'd been battling with Havenstone all the way round, then he dropped away and we were left in front.

"Richard (Johnson) came past (on Some Craic) and that gave us something to aim for again. He's a gutsy horse.

"I have to thank Neil. He gave me my first ride back and I've had two or three rides for him since."

Former jockey Barry Fenton was instrumental in the success of Qianshan Leader (13-2) in the Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively On Betfair Handicap Chase.

He suggested to trainer Emma Lavelle, his partner, that the horse be dropped in trip and it worked a treat as the six-year-old found an extra gear on the run-in to go from third to first under Jack Doyle and win by a length from Rockiteer.

"I don't deserve any of the credit for this," said Lavelle.

"I couldn't believe he would be quick enough for two miles, but what I could get was that Barry had seen the race at Kempton and it didn't make any sense him winging his fences, gaining lengths in the air and then pulling him back to get the trip over three miles.

"It made more sense to let him roll and use his jumping. He was absolutely right so all credit to him."

Kristoffersen (9-1), trained by Helen Nelmes, was an unlikely winner of a dramatic finish to the Best of Taunton Handicap Hurdle.

Admiral Dundas led approaching the final flight only to swerve badly and unseat Sean Quinlan.

That left the pace-setting Heir To Be back in front but he had no answer to the late surge of Kristoffersen.

Taking it up less than 100 yards from the post in the hands of Owyn Nelmes, the 10-year-old went on to score tidily by two and three-quarter lengths.

A shocked Quinlan said: "He's never done that before. I didn't want to take it up too soon. He's wanting to go left and I'm going forward at the time.

"It's a bit open going to the last. Maybe if the wing was up against the rail it might be a bit different."

Tony McCoy's visit to Taunton for just the one ride paid off when he landed an easy success on Pullyourfingerout (7-2) in the Support Racing Welfare Raffle Juvenile Hurdle.

The perennial champion jump jockey took his tally for the campaign to 103 with a 22-length saunter.

"He's a very good jumper and juvenile hurdlers that can jump have a huge advantage," said McCoy.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Organisateur (1-4 favourite) duly landed the odds in the Somerset County Gazette Novices' Hurdle by 11 lengths under 5lb claimer Ian Popham.

Irish point-to-point winner Buck Magic, the 11-10 favourite, made a pleasing winning British debut in the Total Star Radio Somerset 102.4 bumper for trainer Pat Rodford and 5lb claimer Keiran Burke.

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