Moss delivers delayed win
News from Thursday's card at Ludlow where Moss On The Mill belatedly opened his account over fences.
Tom George saddled Moss On The Bill to victory at Ludlow
Moss On The Mill belatedly opened his account over fences in the Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Chase at Ludlow.
It is almost two years since Tom George's inmate kicked off his career over the larger obstacles, but while he shaped with some promise on his first attempt at Ffos Las, he was disappointing the next twice and his chasing career was put on hold.
Having won over hurdles at Stratford and Market Rasen earlier in the year, Moss On The Mill was an 8/1 shot as he changed disciplines in Shropshire and responded to Mark Quinlan's urgings to claim victory by two lengths from By The Boardwalk.
George said: "He probably ended up in front a bit too long, but it was just the way the race was run and he probably wasn't going well enough to bide his time a bit longer.
"He's done it nicely and I'm delighted for Mark as he's putting in a lot of work behind the scenes at home and it's important for him to get some nice rides.
"We started him over fences two years ago and he had a few problems with his back and we've done a lot of work with him.
"He went back over hurdles and has obviously got his confidence back now he's not hurting."
Tara View and Happy Diva fought out a thrilling climax to the Harry Goodenough Happy 78th Birthday Mares' 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle.
Happy Diva looked to be travelling the better of the pair rounding the home turn, but 4/5 favourite Tara View really got rolling from the final flight and got up to score by a neck.
Winning trainer Alan King told Racing UK: "This would be sharp enough for her round here, but she knuckled down well and I think the second is probably a nice filly as well.
"We'll probably step Tara View up to two-and-a-half now."
The Tim Vaughan-trained Show's Over made most of the running in the Bluefin & Bib Underwriters Novices' Handicap Chase.
The 7/2 favourite ultimately had plenty to spare as he passed the post four and a half lengths to the good in the hands of Tom O'Brien.
Aidan Coleman and conditional jockey George Blackwell both suffered falls four fences from the finish and Coleman was stood down for the remainder of the afternoon.
Vaughan said: "We dropped him in trip and weren't sure if he would handle it, but he obviously did and we're delighted.
"I've not made any rigid plans. He's due to go up in the weights after the weekend anyway, so we'll see what the handicapper does."
The concluding Ludlow Racecourse Bookmakers Juvenile Hurdle went to Shark Hanlon's Irish raider Linger, ridden by Rachael Blackmore.
Hanlon said: "He's a right little horse. He's a cast-off from Darley and we snapped him up for £1,800.
"He's been running well at home, but the three-year-old hurdles there are so competitive now. You've got Joseph O'Brien with 110-rated Flat horses and then there's Gordon (Elliott) and Willie (Mullins).
"It's very hard to win races, so we brought this fellow across the water and it's worked out well."
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