Humphries hits Sandown Gold
A review of the rest of the action from Sandown after om Humphries made his first ride at the track a winning one on Arctic Gold.
Tom Humphries enjoyed a notable success after making his first ride at Sandown a winning one in steering Arctic Gold to glory in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle.
The 23-year-old showed the calmness of a much more experienced rider to capture the extended two-mile-seven event and get the five-year-old off the mark for the campaign.
After moving on between the final two flights the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained 11/4 shot passed the post a length and three-quarter lengths clear of Some Kinda Lama.
Humphries said: "To have a ride on Tingle Creek day and having a winner in front of a big crowd is what you dream about growing up. It is absolutely brilliant.
"He travelled nicely the whole way round and I knew I had to hold on to him as long as I could, as you have to stay the three miles in soft here.
"He got a little bit tired, but I still can't believe it has happened."
Dashing Oscar put his previous experience to good use when defying a penalty in the Barry Rawlings "What A Year" "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle at Sandown.
After making a winning debut on his seasonal return at Bangor, the six-year-old showed the penny is starting to drop with win number two over hurdles.
Although headed for a while after the third in the two-mile prize by favourite Cruiseaweigh, who was pulled up before two out, the 7/2 chance found enough to repel Crystal Lad by a neck.
Trainer Harry Fry said: "He (Noel Fehily) was brilliant there. He dictated it from the front and made his experience count.
"To be fair the horse has stepped up and knuckled down when he needed to and has seen it out well.
"It is the first time we have been able to get back-to-back runs into him and hopefully we can keep building from here."
Tullow Tonic showed no signs of her victory at Leicester on Thursday leaving any side effects after completing a quickfire hat-trick with victory in the two-and-a-half-mile mezzanine7.com Mares' Handicap Hurdle.
Having been held up behind the early pace, the 7/2 favourite moved through in almost effortless fashion under Tom O'Brien to hit the front full of running at the second last, before holding Midnight Sapphire by a head.
Trainer Tom Weston said: "She seemed fine after Leicester, so I put a speculative entry in for her as she was well out the handicap when I entered her. I thought we would have a crack while the horse is in good order.
"I entered her this morning for a hurdle at Doncaster on Friday and that's over three miles.
"It was not a plan to rattle of three quickly, but after she won at Towcester we've just cracked on with it."
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