Snoopy Loopy pulled further clear in the race for the Order Of Merit championship after being beaten just half a length by Monet’s Garden in the totesport.com Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon.
Peter Bowen seems to think his versatile gelding can maintain his run and following a win in the Betfair Chase and a third in the Hennessy, he now heads to the Stan James King George VI Chase on December 26.
With a 26 point lead, William Hill make him only 2-1 to win the Order Of Merit but this was very much the day for Nicky Richards’ popular grey Monet’s Garden.
Seamus Durack capitalised on Snoopy Loopy’s stamina by making the running on the drop back to two and a half miles but was monitored constantly by Davy Condon and the pair drew well clear.
Monet’s Garden (5-1) just gained the upper hand on the run-in but not before both had to swerve outside the rail 20 yards from the line.
Richards said: “One or two of mine haven’t really been firing but he is the kind of horse that puts a smile back on your face.
“I’ll have to talk to (owner) David Wesley Yates but he has had a hard race today and it might be that we miss the King George and wait until Ascot.”
Shatabdi (4-6 favourite) had more than enough ability to complement good victories over hurdles and on the Flat in the toteswinger EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Qualifier).
Trainer Nicky Henderson reported: “She is not the biggest for fences but she and Sam (Waley-Cohen) got on well together. Ultimately we’d look at the final of this race in the spring.”
Pam Sly was the toast of the locals with first and third in the toteplacepot EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle.
The much shorter-priced Circus Rose (13-2) took top honours under Sean Quinlan, proving three lengths too strong for even-money favourite Tot Of The Knar and Sly’s 50-1 chance Wistow.
Chaim bolted up as a well-backed 2-1 favourite in the totesport Salutes John Harper 100th Birthday Handicap Hurdle while just as impressive was Prince of Persia (11-2) in the Bet totepool At totesport.com Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Oldrik (2-1 favourite) was officially 6lb ’well-in’ thanks to a nose second at Wincanton last week and justified his quick return to the track in the totesuper7 Handicap Hurdle.
Trainer Philip Hobbs reflected: “He was going to go up 6lb so we had to give it a go.
“He is usually better after a break, so there’s no rush.”
Alan King’s Ellen Tilly (3-1 favourite) held on to the Bet totepool On 0800 221 221 Intermediate National Hunt Flat Race.