One Track Mind fails to capitalise

News from Catterick where Warren Greatrex's plan to send One Track Mind north for a confidence-booster went awry.

Warren Greatrex came away from Catterick with one winner

Warren Greatrex's plan to send One Track Mind north for a confidence-booster went awry as the Grade One-winning hurdler could finish only third to Delusionofgrandeur in the Come Racing New Year's Day Beginners' Chase at Catterick,

Successful at the Punchestown Festival in the spring, One Track Mind made his chasing debut in a Grade Two event at Newbury, where he endured a nightmare experience after hitting the first fence.

While he travelled well enough for the first circuit on this occasion under Gavin Sheehan, his jumping came under pressure as the two Sue Smith-trained horses Delusionofgrandeur (17/2) and Vintage Clouds pressed on.

It was the former who forged clear for Sean Quinlan in the straight as Vintage Clouds hit a couple of fences in the straight, eventually beaten six lengths with a further four and a half back to One Track Mind.

"They are two nice horses, but they need time," said Harvey Smith.

"They'll both be kept to novice races, we won't aim high, they've got to get miles into their legs over fences.

"Look at One Track Mind, he was a Grade One winner over hurdles but it's very rare a horse can go from hurdles to fences in one leap and reach the same level, you need freaks like Coneygree and Thistlecrack to do that.

"It came down to jumping in the straight and one jumped better than the other."

Happily, there was better news for Greatrex and Sheehan when 11/10 favourite Boagrius made light work of his rivals in the concluding bumper, looking a useful prospect in the colours of the Million In Mind Partnership.

John Quinn appears to have a nice prospect in Master Of Irony, who won over timber at the first time of asking in the Go Racing In Yorkshire Winter Festival Novices' Hurdle.

Rated as high as 91 on the level for Ralph Beckett and Qatar Racing, Quinn went to 46,000 guineas to bring him to Malton and it looks money well spent.

Having looked outpaced half a mile out, Brian Hughes was back on the bridle approaching the last, beating the odds-on favourite Ckalco Des Loges by three and a half lengths.

"He's a nice horse and he did that well in the end," said Quinn of the 2/1 winner.

"We'll go back on the Flat with him in the summer, there are lots of races he can run in and we'll step him up to two miles. He's outstayed them there, really, and did it nicely."

Hughes thought he had doubled up on Peter Niven's Brian Boranha in the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Hurdle, but he was thrown out after Hughes weighed in 2lb light.

It transpired a lead weight had fallen through a hole in the saddle cloth.

Snapping Turtle (12/1) was awarded the race for the father-son team of Donald and Callum Whillans.

Bookmakers Sky Bet paid out on both results with spokesman Michael Shinners saying: "It's not in our rules to pay out in such circumstances but we consider it a gesture of goodwill and it's the season for it.

"It's very rare that you see horses disqualified in these circumstances and it was very unfortunate for punters."

Brian Ellison's Nietzsche (1/2) has had the misfortune of bumping into two smart juveniles on his first two outings but opened his account in the Support The Injured Jockeys Fund Juvenile Hurdle.

"He was entitled to win I suppose," said jockey Danny Cook.

"He'll be better on a more galloping track, that was tight enough for him."

Donald McCain took great pleasure in watching his 17-year-old daughter Abi win the Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle for the second successive year on Danceintothelight (9/4 favourite).

"It's great, she's only had two winners, both in this race," said McCain.

"It's been no great plan or anything, she's still at school and can only ride out one morning a week. She had a few rides on the Flat in the summer and finished second a couple of times.

"It doesn't get any easier watching her, I can tell you that."

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