Improving Flintham lives up to family name

Flintham continued a magical month for the Mark Bradstock stable when returning to winning ways in the Centerplate Banquet Catering Handicap Hurdle at Ffos Las.

The half-brother to Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree and full-brother to Carruthers, who struck at Newbury last weekend, completed an amazing two weeks for the mare Plaid Maid when getting his career back on track with a convincing victory.

Flintham (11-4) was always prominent under emerging 5lb claimer Sean Bowen before taking a clear lead from three out.

Staying on strongly, the six-year-old went on to score by seven lengths from Themanfrom Minella with Rathlin Rose half a length away third.

“He’s taken a little bit of time because he was an orphan. He was three weeks premature and his mum died having him,” Bradstock’s wife and assistant, Sara, said. “He had every right to take time to come himself and he’s just getting better and better.”

Might Bite made an impressive start to life over timber with a clear-cut victory in the Visit Sri Lanka Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury yesterday.

The Nicky Henderson-trained 9-4 shot built on his third-place finish in a bumper at the Berkshire track back in January with what was a facile success in the two-mile-five-furlong event.

Settled in behind leader Mr Dinosaur, the half-brother to Grade One-winning stablemate Beat That took aim at the pace-setter over the second-last.

Despite producing a tired leap at the last, the six-year-old continued to draw clear, eventually passing the post 15 lengths ahead of the staying-on Royalraise.

Henderson said: “He is such a good jumper, he spent a lot of time in the air. He is a bit like Beat That in the way he was quite immature, but he is a beautiful horse.”


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