Over serves up Wetherby treat

On a seven-race Wetherby card consisting of six hurdles and a bumper, it was somewhat ironic the chasing-bound Overserved put up the most exciting performance of the afternoon.

On a seven-race Wetherby card consisting of six hurdles and a bumper, it was somewhat ironic the chasing-bound Overserved put up the most exciting performance of the afternoon.

Trained by Pauline Robson, the imposing nine-year-old is now set to tackle the bigger obstacles after taking a competitive field apart to win his second race in the space of 48 hours.

Sent off at 7-1, Richard McGrath’s mount slammed Storymaker by 11 lengths in the LV = Retirement Solutions Handicap Hurdle, after which Robson beamed: “I didn’t really expect that to be honest.

“We only came because I was worried the handicapper might put him up more than the (7lb) penalty.

“I just wasn’t very confident because I thought this was a much better, more competitive race than the one he won at Ayr on Saturday.

“I think the idea now will be to go chasing. He’s not been a natural over fences but we’ve done quite a lot of work with him and his confidence is up now.

“He looks like a chaser and we’ve pencilled him in for a race at Carlisle.”

McGrath had already hit the target aboard Lazy Darren just over half an hour previously, as Chris Grant’s youngster landed odds of 7-2 with a smooth success in the New Bramham Hall For Conference & Banqueting Novices’ Hurdle.

Of Lazy Darren, who is owned by Allan and Ann Woodgate, the parents of England footballer Jonathan, Grant said: “That was a nice job and the horses are all running well at the moment.

“He was with Richard Hannon last year and we got him from Newmarket on the advice of Steve Knight. He said he’d jump a hurdle and thankfully he was right!”

Despite McGrath’s best efforts, he was upstaged in the saddle as Noel Fehily booted home How’s Business, Runthatpastmeagain and Matcho Pierji to secure an 83-1 treble.

How’s Business (2-1) made a bright start to her National Hunt career when upsetting odds-on shot Sharp Dresser in the Wetherby Racecourse Sportsman’s Dinner – 17th April Juvenile Fillies Only Maiden Hurdle.

Runthatpastmeagain then justified favouritism at 85-40 by three-quarters of a length from Crop Walker in the Jabra GN And Rocom Maiden Hurdle, before 8-1 chance Matcho Pierji pounced late in the Book Online At wetherbyracing.co.uk Handicap Hurdle.

Fehily said: “I had a bad time of it before Christmas but I’m back on track now!”

Crackerjack Lad (25-1) took the concluding TurfTV Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race in good style, while Richard Phillips and Sean Quinlan teamed up to good effect as Glad Big won the Pertemps People Development Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

After his 5-2 favourite got the job done by 11 lengths, Phillips said: “Sean is our man, he’s doing well for us and he gave him a good ride there.”

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