Curragh Dancer delivers surprise win

One or two betting tickets may have been needed to be retrieved from the floor after the improbable success of Curragh Dancer in Plumpton's attheraces.com Exclusive Hugh Taylor Tipping Novices' Handicap Chase today.

Curragh Dancer delivers surprise win

One or two betting tickets may have been needed to be retrieved from the floor after the improbable success of Curragh Dancer in Plumpton's attheraces.com Exclusive Hugh Taylor Tipping Novices' Handicap Chase today.

As the field passed the stands with a lap of the Sussex track remaining, jockey Andrew Glassonbury was the first of the five jockeys to administer the whip on his mount, a particularly idle customer.

Furthermore, the 10-11 favourite King Of Leon never appeared to be in any trouble and steadily drew the other riders lower in the saddle.

But nothing is ever guaranteed in racing and King Of Leon ran down the second-last fence, toppling over on the other side and throwing the event wide open again.

His fall took Curragh Dancer (17-2) wide and the baton passed to Alldunnandusted, but he handed it over again with an awkward jump at the last and allowed a puffing Glassonbury to pounce.

"I thought there was a chance I could be second turning into the straight but one horse fell, and the other one in front started pulling himself up and gave mine something to aim at," said Glassonbury, who later made all the running aboard Bach To Front (12-1) in the the bumper, also sponsored by ATR.

Paddy Butler, who trains Curragh Dancer just a mile away at East Chiltington, said: "I've had my fair share of bad ones, but at home he works like a good horse.

"For some reason he never really does it on the racecourse, but he did run a similar race to that at Folkestone in January when he dropped away and came back to finish second. Andrew's a tough man and he gave him a great ride."

Emma Lavelle, trainer of King Of Leon, nearly had the same experience at the penultimate flight of the At The Races Virgin 534 Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle but De Welsh Wizzard (9-4) recovered from his blunder to win well.

"I thought it was going to be deja vu over different obstacles," she admitted.

"That was gutting earlier on.

"I'm pleased for this horse, as he was struck into a couple of years ago. I'd imagine he'd run in one more before we find him something else to do, or sell him to a point-to-pointing yard."

Quick ground and the lull between Cheltenham and Aintree produced a meeting bereft of quality, and course commentator Simon Holt diplomatically described members of the At The Races Sky 415 Handicap Chase as "characters" with many under severe pressure with fully two circuits left.

But jockey Colin Bolger will not hear a word against Absolute Shambles (13-2), who dug out a little more than Reblis on the run-in.

"I've won three times on him now, and as long as he has another horse on his quarters he keeps going," said Bolger.

"He'd lost his confidence but hats off to (trainer) Chris Gordon for getting him back."

Gary and Jamie Moore have been dominant at Plumpton for years and Galiotto initiated their double.

Sent off at 20-1 for the At The Races On facebook Maiden Hurdle after showing only ordinary form on the Flat, he fared better in the springtime conditions.

"The ground was quick enough today and he's probably the one who acted on it the best," said Jamie Moore.

Sircozy (2-9 favourite) later pulled away from two vastly inferior rivals in the attheraces.com Free Race Replays Novices' Hurdle.

Moore senior reported: "He hadn't run since January and was in need of the race.

"He'd be better suited by a strong-run race and was giving quite a few pounds away but I'd expected him to win a bit more easily."

The fence which derailed King Of Leon did the same to Bid Art later on, leaving the atrvirtualowner.com New Season Handicap Chase to Plumpton old hand She's Humble (7-2).

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