Oscar rocks at Market Rasen
News from Thursday's meeting at Market Rasen where Oscar Rock defied a final-flight blunder to return to winning ways.
Malcolm Jefferson: Pleased with Oscar Rock
Oscar Rock returned to form with a vengeance as he snatched victory in the Swinton Insurance Lord Tennyson Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen.
The eight-year-old was revitalised by having his first race over the smaller obstacles for two years, combined with a drop in class.
He had been highly-tried since landing a valuable handicap chase at the Lincolnshire track in September 2015, taking in top races such as the Ryanair Chase and bet365 Gold Cup.
Malcolm Jefferson's charge look booked for second place when he made a mistake at the final flight as Duke Street landed with a handy lead.
However, Oscar Rock (11/4) knuckled down for the in-form Brian Hughes to gain the verdict by a length.
"He wants good ground, but was probably the best horse in the race and he did it nicely in the end," Jefferson said.
"He got away with that mistake at the last and won by a length.
"He wears blinkers over fences as well. It's not that he's ungenuine, he can just idle a bit when he gets there. That's why we put them on.
"Over hurdles he's a little better handicapped than he is over fences."
Assessing future plans, Jefferson told Racing UK: "We are going into worse ground now and whether we find a race for him on half-decent ground might not be that easy.
"We'll have to see. You never know with our British weather."
Cusheen Bridge (14/1) nailed the pace-setting Palm Grey close home to register his second course and distance success in the Blockfree Services Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.
Charles Pogson's eight-year-old had been runner-up over three miles on his last visit to the track and the shorter trip was to his advantage as he claimed victory by a length in the hands of the trainer's son, Adam.
Champion jockey Richard Johnson struck on No Comment (5/6 favourite) in the Sherwood Marquees 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle.
The Philip Hobbs-trained five-year-old collared long-time leader Mr Monochrome between the last two flights and won tidily by two and a quarter lengths.
The Pam Sly-trained Bonnet's Vino just got up in the dying strides to pip Ten Trees in the Sherwood Marquees Mares' Handicap Hurdle
The 22/1 outsider of seven battled on gamely from the last to get home by a short head under 7lb claiming amateur Jack Andrews.
Ten Trees' rider Paul Moloney was banned for two days for using his whip above the permitted level. He is suspended on December 1 and 2.
Emerald Rose (20/1) gave trainer Julian Smith his first winner for 210 days when outpointing game front-runner I Just Know by 11 lengths in the Swinton Insurance Handicap Hurdle under Mark Grant.
Fergal O'Brien's newcomer Infinite Sun (14/1) held 4/6 favourite Western Ryder by a short head in the Lincs Loos Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race to give Paddy Brennan another winner a day after he became the latest jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners.
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