Viva Colonia success at Market Rasen

Denis O'Regan produced Viva Colonia with a perfectly-timed run to lift the totescoop6 Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen this afternoon.

Denis O'Regan produced Viva Colonia with a perfectly-timed run to lift the totescoop6 Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen this afternoon.

The Listed heat had attracted a strong 17-runner field but that number was cut by one when Rio Gael refused to jump off for Jamie Moore.

Wind Shuffle set out to make all while Laterly went with him, with the habitual front-runner evidently not enjoying having to trail another rival.

That pair set a pretty quick gallop at the head of the field and their early efforts began to tell as Street Entertainer cruised up to take over some way out.

He was ahead at the second-last but challengers were lining up, with Caravel and Rajnagan poised to swoop while Kylenoe Fairy was making swift progress down the outside.

However, Regan was making steady progress aboard the David O'Meara-trained 14-1 chance and produced Viva Colonia between horses after the last to win going away by a length and a half.

Kylenoe Fairy took second with 5-1 favourite Street Entertainer third and Rajnagan fourth.

O'Regan said: "They went a nice gallop, and he loved quickening off a fast pace.

"I won this last year on Australia Day and I didn't think I would be lucky enough to win it again.

"I'm delighted for Dave. He's a good mate of mine and is making a name for himself on the Flat, but he also loves a winner over jumps.

"Australia Day was a machine and this lad is certainly going the right way.

"He's tough, quick, and very genuine."

Dougie Costello was a deeply satisfied individual after securing his first winner since suffering a broken leg a day before the Cheltenham Festival.

Costello had some big rides in this year's jumps highlight, including Midnight Chase in the Gold Cup, but was left crestfallen after coming to grief at Stratford.

Having returned to action on Wednesday, the popular rider was happily back in the winner's enclosure when Countrywide Flame, trained by his guv'nor, John Quinn, won the Try totequickpick On All totepool Bets Juvenile Hurdle.

Costello said: "It's actually not felt like I've been away for too long, but it's good to be back.

"I've had unbelievable support since I've been out, and the physios have done an amazing job.

"When I fell I knew I had broken something, it was just bad luck it was so close to Cheltenham, and also bad luck as it was my last ride before the Festival.

"But things are put into perspective when you look at the injuries of Peter O'Toole and Isabel Tompsett - it's just part and parcel of racing."

This was also no mean display from hurdling debutant Countrywide Flame (11-4 favourite), who showed a smart burst of pace after the last to fend off Arctic Reach by five lengths.

Rob Turner, representing winning syndicate, Estio Pinnacle Racing, said: "John has been looking for a horse for us for a long time now, and we 100% trust his judgment.

"He needs to improve a bit on his jumping but that was a very good start."

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