Verasi battles for Plumpton prize

Verasi was left unchanged at 33-1 with totesport for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase following his victory in the Chris Poole And George Ennor Celebration Novices’ Chase at Plumpton.

Verasi was left unchanged at 33-1 with totesport for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase following his victory in the Chris Poole And George Ennor Celebration Novices’ Chase at Plumpton.

Ladbrokes trimmed the seven-year-old into 40-1 from 50s after he scraped home in the three-and-a-quarter-mile race, in which he failed to travel with the ease he displayed at Warwick last month.

However, he still posted a three-length success and put himself in line for a £60,000 SIS-backed bonus should he follow up in the Cotswolds next month.

Moore said: “They went very slow which didn’t suit him and his style of racing means he needs a fast pace.

“He is a genuine horse but needs a true-run race, which you get when you go up in class.

“He ran here in case he gets lucky in the SunAlliance at Cheltenham so he could get the bonus, but he would need ground on the soft side there if he was to run.”

Moore’s Adopted Hero was later sent off 2-1 favourite for the Tyser Insurance Ltd Beginners’ Chase but his son Jamie was unseated at the seventh fence leaving Overlut (11-4) to coast home by 14 lengths.

Jamie Poulton sent out what could be his final winner from Whitcombe as Sweetheart stamped her class on the Southern FM Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle.

After spending eight months in the West Country, the trainer has been forced to move back to Sussex due to a lack of support and will transfer his string on Friday.

Ahead of the change of base, his course-and-distance-winning filly built on her fourth place in the Tolworth Hurdle to oblige from the front at odds of 9-4.

Poulton said: “I didn’t get the support from the local owners in Whitcombe, and it will be nice to get back to what I know in Sussex.”

He added of the five-length winner: “She dominated the race and has defied the penalty well, but I’m not sure where we’ll go from here.”

Robert Alner’s assistant trainer Nick Mitchell dashed back from Leopardstown where The Listener nabbed the Hennessy 24 hours earlier to saddle the gambled-on New Team to victory in the Southern FM Handicap Hurdle.

Robert Walford’s mount was backed down from a morning price of 16-1 to 8s on track and rewarded supporters with his three-and-a-half-length call.

Mitchell said: “His muscles often tie-up after a race but he has been good in that regard for the last couple of months.

“If we can keep him sound and get him on the course more often he could be decent.”

Retired Irish Army officer Pat Phelan sent out comeback horse Ede’s (16-1) under Harry Skelton to collect in the Racing Post “Hands And Heels” Jumps Series Handicap Hurdle.

Phelan said: “He has been a fairytale as he won here four years ago, was retired and sent to Cumbria but we brought him back as a lead horse for The Big Orse and he got himself fit again.”

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