Ellens Way too good at Warwick
A review of the rest of the action from Warwick on Saturday as Ellens Way caused an upset by beating Copper Kay.
Trainer Jeremy Scott
There was a surprise result to the LPS British Stallion Studs EBF Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle at Warwick on Saturday, with 12/1 shot Ellens Way narrowly outpointing red-hot favourite Copper Kay.
The Philip Hobbs-trained 4/6 favourite looked home for all money having built up a significant lead heading the final flight, but began to wander on the run-in and Jeremy Scott's Ellens Way came home strongly to get up by a head.
Scott said: "I gather we were 10001 in running coming to the last!
"I think we've probably just outstayed the other filly after she idled in front a little bit.
"Ours is a nice filly, there's no two ways about it, and I thought she was too big a price today.
"We'll probably try to find another novice under penalty and if we can pick up some black type with her that would be perfect."
Despite Copper Kay's reverse, champion jockey Richard Johnson was still among the winners, striking gold aboard Henry Oliver's 5/1 shot Sparkling River in the opening Local Parking Security Novices' Handicap Hurdle.
"That was a lovely. She jumped well and it was a good performance," said Oliver.
"We've been waiting for the softer ground with her for a while, but because she was ready to go early doors we've run her anyway.
"I didn't think she'd be good enough to win a novice, she's gone into a handicap today and coped well with the weight and the ground and was given a great ride.
"I'm not in a rush with, but she is a proper winter ground mare.
"She was in against the boys today and I wouldn't mind going back in against mares if we can find the right race."