More success for Smart and Makin at Southwell

Bryan Smart and Phillip Makin have struck up a fruitful partnership in the absence of Tom Eaves and the trainer-jockey combination followed up Friday's Southwell hat-trick as Snow Bay struck at the Nottinghamshire track.

Bryan Smart and Phillip Makin have struck up a fruitful partnership in the absence of Tom Eaves and the trainer-jockey combination followed up Friday's Southwell hat-trick as Snow Bay struck at the Nottinghamshire track.

With the grey skies providing a fresh dusting of wintry weather early in the afternoon, the 5-1 chance was an appropriately-named winner of the Membership Of Southwell Golf Club Handicap, nailing the front-running Bel Cantor by a short head.

Smart's stable jockey is back in action at Wolverhampton tomorrow afternoon after taking a break on January 1, and Makin said: "Bryan's horses are in good form and while Tom is back off his holiday soon it is nice to have got on them while they are ready to win.

"He was keen down the back but then idled all along the home straight and could have gone around again."

Nick Tritton, director of the successful Pinnacle Bahamian Bounty Partnership, added: "The visor lit him up last time, but he is a nice horse and there will be more to come.

"Phillip gave him a cracking ride and he was in a nice position off the bend.

"He always looked like he was going to do it and the deeper surface helped as he is really a miler."

John Harris made the short journey from Melton Mowbray more than worthwhile as his only runner of the afternoon, Black Falcon, swooped to take the southwell-racecourse.co.uk Selling Stakes.

The 13-2 chance had been slowly way when finishing fourth here on Friday, but made no such mistake this time and was in the front rank swinging for home.

Robert Winston pulled the 10-year-old veteran off the rail to eyeball Inside Story inside the distance and the partnership had a neck in hand of that rival dashing past the line.

Harris said: "It is great to see the old horse back and his run here two days ago just put the icing on the cake.

"I thought he was beaten when he turned in and drifted left.

"He always drifts left, but Robert pulled him off the rail and he went on again when he came upsides the other horse."

Tom Dascombe was another trainer with a sole representative and he struck with Look Officer (15-2) in the Tony Hadfield 80th Birthday Handicap.

Dascombe has started 2010 fully ensconced in Manchester United striker Michael Owen's Cheshire yard and Look Officer was his first winner of the new year as he struck with a near four-length triumph.

Mark Johnston's yard withdrew Bowmaker due to the slow surface and it was stablemate Love Delta who broke as the 4-6 favourite to collect as he liked in the Play Golf Before Racing At Southwell Handicap.

Lujiana (25-1) registered a second win over Southwell's flying five furlongs with a clear-cut call in the Book Tickets Online Apprentice Handicap, while promising young rider Andrea Atzeni followed his Lingfield win of 24 hours earlier aboard 5-2 favourite Zeffirelli in the six-furlong handicap.

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