Bastien shows battling traits
A review of the action from Plumpton on Monday, where Basten was a winner under Wayne Hutchinson in some popular colours.
Wayne Hutchinson: Rider of Bastien at Plumpton.
Bastien carried the same silks of Grade One winner Blazing Bailey to glory for the second time in his career when he maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles at Plumpton on Monday.
While he still has a long way to go match the achievements of his now-retired stablemate, the Alan King-trained gelding continued his upward curve in the two-mile novice hurdle.
Bastien (10/11 favourite) picking off early leader Not Never on the run to the second-last and readily extended his advantage to cross the line 11 lengths clear of Funny Oyster.
King's assistant trainer Ollie Wardle said: "He is just a lovely, genuine young horse. He is very straightforward and uncomplicated.
"It was good effort to defy a penalty on soft ground. He will definitely get further and his stamina has kicked in and won him the race.
"We will possibly give him a couple more races. He will be much stronger with another summer on his back."
Harry Cobden continued his march towards the conditional jockeys' title with victory aboard Royal Salute (11/4 favourite) in the two-mile handicap chase.
The 3lb claimer was required to be at his forceful best to lift the Anthony Honeyball-trained gelding home by a length and three-quarters and gain his 40th success of the campaign.
Cobden said: "He has done it well. Watching his videos he tended to jump left.
"To be fair, he jumped the last well and boxed on nicely.
"Last season I rode 30 winners and I wanted to try get to 40, so I would like to get 50 now."
Jamie Moore picked up a winning spare ride after he steered Kid Kalanisi to a hard-fought success in the three-mile-one-furlong handicap hurdle.
Deputising for the ill Nick Scholfield, the Grade One-winning jockey made his first ride for trainer Jeremy Scott a successful one aboard the six-year-old.
Kid Kalanisi failed to inspire with his jumping, but the 7/2 shot pulled out enough to follow up his last-time-out win over fences at Fontwell by two and three-quarter lengths.
Scott said: "He is not a world-beater but he goes on this ground.
"He is not the best jumper in the world and Nick Scholfield did well to win at Fontwell.
"There is a little race back over fences at Uttoxeter at the end of the month we might aim him for."
Yourholidayisover (7/1) is unlikely to be taking a break any time soon after he gained his first success since May 2014 in the two-mile-one-furlong handicap chase.
Having finished in the frame in each of his last six starts, the 10-year-old finally hit the target with a five-length success over Easter In Paris.
Winning trainer Tom Gretton said: "It's about time as he has been very consistent.
"He has popped his head in front and whether he does it again I don't know.
"His jumping has been getting better and better. He's been on the go since the summer and he is enjoying it now."
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