Charlie Mann in seventh heaven after Seventh Sky success

Charlie Mann hailed Seventh Sky “a trainer’s dream” after he secured the fifth win of an excellent campaign in the feature event at Warwick yesyterday.

Charlie Mann in seventh heaven after Seventh Sky success

The German recruit is hardly bred to be a chaser as a sibling to a handful of Group One winners on the Flat, but has been kept busy since arriving in Britain a little over three years ago and clearly thrives on his racing.

Three recent placed efforts suggested the assessor may have had his measure, but that theory was smashed to pieces as he turned in a sure-footed display in the Local Parking Security Ltd Handicap Chase.

On the speed throughout in the hands of Daryl Jacob, Seventh Sky jumped neatly for much of the extended two-and-a-half-mile journey, while the chasing No Buts struggled to match him down the back straight.

From the turn in Mann’s charge turned on the turbo and quickly left his rivals trailing, passing the post eight lengths clear.

Mann said: “He’s an extraordinary horse. That was his 15th run of the season and he just loves his racing.

“He’s a very well-bred horse. One of his brothers, Schiaparelli, was sold for £5.2million, and another brother, Samum, won a German Derby.

“I bought this horse from Peter Schiergen a few years ago and he’s been tremendous for us. He’s just a trainer’s dream. He loves his work and eats everything. I wouldn’t mind another five like him, that’s for sure.

“If I gave him a break he’d just get fat, so we’ll keep going with him and he’s still a novice until the end of the season.

“We’ll probably enter him for Aintree, but it might be a bit quick for him round there, so we’ll also look at Ayr and Perth.”

The Peter Bowen-trained Rolling Maul gave weight and a sound beating to his rivals in the Local Parking Security Handicap Hurdle under Jamie Moore.

Making his first appearance since winning at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, the 8-1 shot pulled four and a half lengths clear of the staying-on Dawson City to set up a likely trip to the Grand National meeting next week.

“He was to run at Cheltenham (Festival) in the Pertemps Final, but unfortunately he missed the cut by about five,” said Bowen.

“It was a good performance under 11st 12lb and I’d imagine we’ll go to Aintree now for the three-mile handicap hurdle there. He’s already won five for us this season, but had a bit of a holiday after New Year’s Day and is fresh and well again now.”

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