Heist pays dividends again
News of the pick of the action from Ludlow where Irish raider Heist claimed his fourth victory of the summer.
Richard Johnson rode a double at Ludlow
Irish raider Heist claimed his fourth victory of the summer in the Betfair Price Rush Handicap Chase at Ludlow.
The Patrick Griffin-trained six-year-old began his purple patch when scoring over hurdles at Bellewstown in late June and has since struck gold twice over fences at Kilbeggan, as well as placing twice at Perth.
He was a 7-1 shot for his latest assignment in Shropshire and showed a willing attitude under conditional jockey Adam Short to get the better of 6-4 favourite Azure Fly by a length and three-quarters.
The trainer's son and assistant, James Griffin, said: "He's been a very good money spinner for us this year. Each of the four races he's won have been the feature race on the day.
"We weren't able to get him right last year. He just had one or two little issues, but nothing major, and we were able to iron them out over the winter.
"This year we've just been trying to chase the better ground and the only times he's been beaten has been when the ground has been on the soft side due to over-watering.
"The ground was perfect today, which is why we came, and it's great it worked out.
"We'll pull stumps for the winter now and bring him back in the spring for one of the festivals. I think he deserves a crack at a better race now."
Fool To Cry made a winning start to her jumping career in the Sally Loft Significant Birthday Juvenile Maiden Hurdle.
A dual winner on the Flat for Roger Varian, Neil Mulholland's three-year-old filly had three-quarters of a length in hand passing the post under champion jockey Richard Johnson.
"She had the form on the Flat to go and do it and she showed a good attitude," said Mulholland.
"She will improve jumping-wise and she's likeable.
"We won't be throwing her in at the deep end. She's still a baby and there are plenty of races for her before she needs to step up in grade."
Johnson completed a double aboard local trainer Henry Daly's mare Nordic Nymph in the Charles & Sue Olink Memorial Mares' Handicap Hurdle.
The 7-2 chance made all the running to defy a 602-day absence.
Templehills (8-11 favourite) rewarded odds-on backers with victory in the Simon Burgess 40th Birthday Novices' Hurdle, before Master Dee (15-8 favourite) hit the bullseye in the Vera Davies Memorial Chase.