Celebrated in Triumph picture
News from Wetherby where Neil Mulholland unearthed a potential Triumph Hurdle candidate in Most Celebrated.
Neil Mulholland doubled up at Wetherby
Neil Mulholland unearthed a potential Triumph Hurdle candidate at Wetherby as the ex-Godolphin inmate Most Celebrated sauntered to victory first time out.
Rated 84 after winning just one of his four races on the level for Saeed bin Suroor, the 2/1 favourite barely came out of second gear in winning the Racing UK-sponsored maiden juvenile hurdle by 28 lengths.
Tom Scudamore, who is readying himself for another exciting mount on arguably the best horse in training on Saturday, Thistlecrack, will barely have partnered an easier winner.
Nothing could go fast enough for him early on, meaning Scudamore soon found himself in front and without applying any pressure he pulled further and further clear.
The winner will now be stepped up in class for either the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton on February 25 or the Victor Ludorum at Haydock on February 18.
"We really like him," said Mulholland. "He'd been working very well at home and since we started schooling him he's been a natural. We're happy he showed on the track what he'd been showing us at home.
"I think he'll either go for the Adonis next or to Haydock and then hopefully on to the Triumph."
Most Celebrated can be backed at 25/1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
Mulholland and Scudamore were also celebrating after Fingerontheswitch finally got his act together in the totepool Medieval Day – Saturday 4th February Handicap Chase.
Having promised plenty over hurdles it has taken five attempts to get off the mark over fences, but he did so with the minimum of fuss as the 13/8 favourite, beating Sharney Sike by nine lengths.
"He's been threatening to do that for a while," said Mulholland. "I think the first-time tongue tie has made a big difference today, he jumped well and it was never in doubt."
Mulholland also confirmed that Southfield Royale, fourth in the four-mile National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in March, would have his first start of the season in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on Saturday.
Scudamore went on to complete a treble on David Pipe's Mr Big Shot in the closing novice hurdle.
Sent off the 6/5 favourite having won a bumper, he looks a chaser of the future but he was made to race running to the second-last by Donald McCain's Cousin Oscar, who will surely be winning soon.
Houndscourt (8/1) continued the good run of Henry Brooke in the wetherbyracing.co.uk Handicap Hurdle, while Captain Redbeard (11/2) sealed the Racing UK Handicap Chase with a big leap at the last for the father-son team of Stuart and Sam Coltherd.
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