Game Boy charges to victory

Wildmoor Boy showed great tenacity to run out a game winner of the Opus Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at Chettenham.

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Robin Dickin’s five-year-old has been on the go all summer, improving considerably since being fitted with a tongue, and picked up his third victory over timber in the competitive two-mile contest.

Charlie Poste was gifted an easy lead at the start of the race and although the likes of well-backed Air Horse One, Debece and Sarpech loomed large on his shoulder on the run to the second-last, it was Tony Martin’s Tudor City who looked set to take top spot after jumping alongside the leader at the last.

However, Davy Russell’s mount very precious little on the steep rise to the finish and Wildmoor Boy came roaring back to score by a length and three-quarters.

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Debece finished third, while the placings were filled by the Tom George-trained KK Lexion.

Dickin said: “Gosh, Charlie’s an unsung hero. What a ride he’s given him. The horse is a battler but he’s a little bit of a monkey and likes to go left and that move after the last was such a good move.

“The one thing you dare not do is give this horse too much work at home. He lives on a knife edge. He travels okay but once you take him off the lorry and he’s at the races he’s an absolute nut.

“I think what happened to him – he ran very well in a Listed bumper here the first time he ever ran and I think he may have had a dislocating soft palate at that time.

“Without realising it he ran him a little bit like that and because of his air way cutting off it frightened him. So I think his madness is anxiety really. Since we’ve had his soft palate done his anxieties are less, but make no mistake they are still there!

“It was such a game effort and it’s magical for his owner Mr Beech who I know will be watching at home.”

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