McPherson enjoys Wetherby double
A review of the rest of the action from Wetherby on Saturday as Graeme McPherson and Dan Skelton celebrated doubles.
Ami Desbois (right): Toughed it out at Wetherby
Baywing took the feature totepool Towton Novices' Chase for Nicky Richards, while the rest of the meeting was dominated by Graeme McPherson and Dan Skelton, who both celebrated doubles.
McPherson's Ami Desbois (15/8 favourite) looked well treated for the three-mile handicap hurdle and so it proved as he made every yard of the running for Kielan Woods.
"I thought he was thrown in (at the weights)," said McPherson.
"He was narrowly beaten by Wholestone at level weights, with No Hassle Hoff in behind, and they both franked the form last week.
"I thought he'd reassesses us after that so for once I owe the handicapper a thank you.
"He'll go for the Albert Bartlett and if it's soft it will take a good one to beat him."
McPherson had earlier won the two-mile-five-furlong novice hurdle with Skipthecuddles (3/1).
"I think he's a nice horse and the penny still hasn't really dropped," said McPherson.
"He's got Cheltenham entries in the Neptune and Albert Bartlett and if he gets in will probably run in one.
"He has no tongue. He somehow pulled it off on the walker but after he learned to eat again he's been fine with it."
Golden Vision was making her debut for the yard in the Wilmot-Smith Memorial Mares' Novices' Hurdle, having won over hurdles in France.
Skelton said: "I think she's Listed class and she'll have an entry for the mares' novices' hurdle at Cheltenham.
"She handles the soft but I think she'd benefit from better ground."
Oldgrangewood, also ridden by Harry Skelton, looked some way ahead of the assessor in winning the two-mile-three-furlong handicap chase and can expect a hefty rise in the weights.
"We looked after him over hurdles last season but I ran him over them first time out to see if he'd improved but it was time to go chasing," said the handler.
"He should be unbeaten over fences, he could have won when he was brought down at Aintree.
"We'll look after him but I'm not sure about targets as his owners are away so we've time to think."
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