McGuinness enjoys Bridge success
Pivot Bridge bounced back to form to provide Irish trainer Adrian McGuinness with his second Wolverhampton winner in as many days.
Adam Kirby: Won aboard Pivot Bridge
The County Dublin-based handler hit the bullseye with Oor Jock at Dunstall Park on Wednesday and Pivot Bridge was an 11-4 chance to follow suit in Thursday's opening Betway Marathon Handicap.
Remember The Man set a strong pace for much of the one-mile-six-furlong contest, but was a spent force in the home straight and Pivot Bridge came through to win comfortably in the hands of Adam Kirby, passing the post with six lengths in hand.
McGuinness said: "He had been a bit disappointing on his last couple of runs, so we gave him a break and he came back fresh and well.
"We knew he was in great order going into the race today, so we were expecting a big run and thankfully he's come good.
"He's a half-brother to the 1000 Guineas winner Speciosa and was a good hurdler at one time, but he had a very bad fall at Wexford one day early last year and it took him a long time to get his confidence back."
He went on: "There's a nice race back here for him next week, so we'll have a look at that if he comes out of the race well."
Both Pivot Bridge and Oor Jock carry the silks of Dan Daly, colours made famous by top-class jumper Cockney Lad in the 1990s.
"It's nice to make the trip worthwhile. The owner is a big supporter of mine and it's great when it all works out," the trainer added.
Kirby went on to complete a treble on the afternoon, steering Ed Dunlop's Magdalene Fox (9-1) in the 32Red Casino Handicap before completing his hat-trick aboard the William Haggas-trained Dandy Flame in the 10 Free At 32Red.com Handicap.
Haggas said: "We're thrilled to bits. It was his first time at the trip (seven furlongs), but we thought he'd stay as even though he thinks he's a sprinter, he isn't!
"There's lots of stamina on the dam's side of his pedigree, he got a good, conservative ride and did it well.
"I did put him in next week (entered at Newcastle on Wednesday). He'd run under a penalty there, but whether we'll do that I'm not sure.
"He's won and been placed for us now since we got him, so we're pleased."
The most valuable race on the card was the Betway Handicap, which went to 12-1 shot Zac Brown.
Charlie Wallis' inmate made the most of his plum draw in stall one and got the better of Steelriver by a neck under William Carson.
"We were expecting a good run," said Wallis. "We dropped him back to five furlongs, he had a good draw, which helped, and it's a great start to the year.
"I don't really have another race in mind. We'll have a look and see what's available."
David Simcock's Moonshine Dancer (13-8 favourite) built on previous promise with a narrow success in division one of the 32Red.com Maiden Fillies' Stakes, while Garam made a winning debut in division two for Hugo Palmer.
Jeremy Gask's Born To Finish sent favourite-backers home happy by obliging as the 15-8 market leader in the concluding Betway Sprint Handicap.
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