Sun shines for Reveleys

Father and son Keith and James Reveley had a day to remember when they teamed up with Sun King to take the feature Horserace Betting Levy Board Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh.

Father and son Keith and James Reveley had a day to remember when they teamed up with Sun King to take the feature Horserace Betting Levy Board Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh.

However, it was a close call as Sun King had looked all over an easy winner at the final flight only to begin to tie up on the run-in.

But Reveley junior, making the most of his 10lb claim, held his mount together to land the £7,807 first prize by a head from the fast-finishing Saif Sareea.

“That was extra special. He’s had four wins up to now and that’s his biggest, but he’s only 16,” said the successful trainer.

“He’s a proper horseman but he hasn’t got full strength yet. He did very well in the pony jumping arena – he represented England four times – but this is a totally different ball game. He’s got to learn but he’s going the right way.

“I want him to do a full season on the Flat and really learn to get in amongst them and get behind a horse.

“He only weighs 8st so he had a heavy saddle to do 9st 4lb there.”

Reveley senior was completing a 337-1 double having been on the mark with Sun King’s half-brother Top Brass.

The latter finally got the opportunity to show his true mettle and he did not let his connections down with a stylish victory in the EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier).

The 25-1 shot was patiently ridden by Philip Kinsella to get the better of Arctic Moss by three and a half lengths.

Top Brass was highly-regarded when he originally went into training but was a major disappointment on his first three starts and was sent back to Sir Robert Ogden’s Sicklinghall Stud as it appeared unlikely he would make the grade.

But a trapped nerve was discovered and treated and the five-year-old was returned to Reveley’s yard and the faith shown in the gelding was rewarded.

“He ran at Lingfield in his first bumper and we thought he’d win and he finished fourth, we took him to Doncaster and he didn’t jump that well, then I brought him here and thought he’d run well and he ran a stinker. So I sent him home,” explained Reveley.

“Fortunately they found a problem in his neck and shoulders, had that treated, and they sent him back and he’s done nothing wrong since.

“We had his neck checked over again yesterday just to make sure. And that was a decent enough run.”

There was a major upset when 1-5 favourite Premier Dane trailed in a well-beaten fifth behind outsider Lerida in the Lagoons Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle.

Premier Dane landed a valuable contest at the track 10 days ago and a follow-up was expected to be a formality this time.

But the writing was on the wall early in the straight for the market leader as he struggled to keep in touch.

It was left to 50-1 shot Lerida and Maneki Neko to fight out the finish, with the former proving four lengths too good.

The result was a total surprise to trainer Lucinda Russell, who said: “I certainly didn’t expect a winner but he’s tough and he battled really hard.

“There were a lot of horses here who haven’t had much racing and he’s had plenty and he’s been improving steadily.”

After his poor showing Premier Dane was pushed out to 50-1 from 25-1 by totesport for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Trainer Nicky Richards felt the race may have come too soon for Premier Dane, while jockey Brian Harding reported the gelding ran flat.

Odds-on backers suffered again 30 minutes later when 4-7 chance Gudasmum when down by three-quarters of a length to Jupiter’s Fancy in the Anderson Strathern Hunters’ Chase.

Rose Davidson got the favourite back into contention after an early mistake but after having every chance on the run-in, Gudasmum failed to peg back the enterprisingly-ridden winner.

Shane Byrne, 18, was enjoying his first career success on Jupiter’s Fancy, whose trainer Victor Coglan said: “Shane gave her a really good ride. He rode the perfect race from the front.”

Miss Davidson picked up a one-day whip ban (February 27) for not giving her mount time to respond.

There was a good finish to the Anderson Strathern Challenge Trophy Novices’ Handicap Chase with Another Club Royal getting home by a short head and half a length from Frankie Dori and Forever Eyesofblue.

The victory continued the hot streak of form enjoyed by trainer Ginger McCain and jockey Steven Craine, who have now had 27 and 21 winners respectively this season.

Alan Dempsey, who rode the third, was banned for one day (February 26) for the same offence as Miss Davidson.

The front-running Chancers Dante survived a peck at the last fence to hold on by three-quarters of a length from Cool Dessa Blues in the Anderson Strathern Handicap Chase.

There was yet another shock in the closing Doncaster Bloodstock Sales/EBF Mares’ Only Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race when 100-1 chance Eden Linty finished fast and late to catch Knockara Luck, the 4-7 favourite, and send the bookies home happy.

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