Crafty winner at Market Rasen
News of the pick of the action from Market Rasen where Ryan Hatch was seen to good effect when galvanizing Crafty Roberto.
Ryan Hatch impressed on Crafty Roberto
Ryan Hatch warmed up for his first ride on dual Grade One winner The New One in perfect fashion after galvanizing Crafty Roberto to glory in the 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen.
The Cheltenham Festival-winning rider, who will partner the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained eight-year-old on his chasing debut at Exeter on Friday, moved on to the 16-winner mark for the campaign when steering Crafty Roberto to a first victory in more than three years.
Responding well to the application of blinkers the 8/1 shot snapped a losing run stretching back to February 2013 when flooring odds-on favourite Jaunty Inflight by a length and three-quarters.
Winning trainer Alex Hales said: "It has been a long time, but he likes it here as his last win was here three years ago.
"He had just been holding a bit back for himself, so we tried something different and decided to put the blinkers on and, to be fair, he stuck his head down well.
"Ryan gave him a great ride. The other horse was two lengths clear coming to the last, but he has just outstayed him."
He added: "I had it in the back of my mind that if he won today he would go to Taunton next week for a 0-110 race over hurdles."
Dan Skelton's Bandsman belatedly opened his account under rules at the sixth time of asking when turning the 32Red On The App Store Novices' Hurdle into a one-horse race.
Having found one too good on each of his three starts this term the 8/11 favourite cruised home by 36 lengths on his first try over the two-mile-three-furlong trip.
Skelton said: "We have been waiting for that to happen and I am very happy with him. The extra trip was a bit of a help to him.
"There are no big plans for him. We will find another race over the Christmas period."
Rebecca Menzies made it two winners in as many days after Asuncion snatched an unlikely first win of the campaign in the 32Red.com Handicap Chase.
The 14/1 winner looked booked for third after the last in the two-mile-three affair but suddenly found an extra gear close to the line to deny Refused A Name by a length.
Linger (5/1) backed up his recent Ludlow victory to ensure Irish trainer John 'Shark' Hanlon was rewarded for his enterprise when making all for a nine-length success in the 32Red Casino Juvenile Hurdle
Susie Sheep (5/1) defied a 505-day absence and top weight when forming the opening leg of a quickfire double for jockey Tom Scudamore, trainer David Pipe and owner Bryan Drew with a two-and-a-half-length success in the 32Red.com Chase.
The trio doubled their tally when Chic Theatre (6/5) made the most of an ease in class in the Read Bryan Cooper At 32Red.com Handicap Hurdle to deny Crookstown a third victory at the Lincolnshire track with a pushed-out three-length victory.
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