Pam Sly enjoys Catterick double
Pam Sly continued her fine record at Catterick with a double through Walsingham Grange and Actinpieces.
The Peterborough handler has now had five winners from just 12 starters at the North Yorkshire track in the last five years after her striking gold with her only two runners on the card.
Sly owns and bred Actinpieces (4-1), who took the feature Happy Birthday Barbara Ramshay Mares' Handicap Chase.
Total Assets was in front when making a bad mistake at the final fence while Actinpieces, who was coming to challenge, jumped it cleanly and went on to take the score by three and a quarter lengths from Conquer Gold.
Actinpieces was partnered by amateur Gina Andrews to give her a birthday winner.
Sly said: "Gina gave her a splendid ride. She's so good with her and I think we'd have won anyway.
"Actinpieces gets the three miles well. The ground had dried out a shade which was a help probably, especially with that weight (12st 2lb)."
Walsingham Grange (5-6) got favourite backers off to a good start when landing the odds in the opening Racing To School Juvenile Hurdle under Kielan Woods.
The four-year-old made most of the running and got home by two and three-quarter lengths from Moon Arrow despite wandering in the closing stages.
"He's a bit lairy and was wandering all over the place," said Sly.
Joe Colliver enjoyed his first victory since losing his claim when steering 2-5 shot Sam Spinner home in the EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle.
Colliver would have had fewer easier winners than on Jedd O'Keeffe's promising five-year-old, who was 13 clears clear despite a mistake at the final flight.
Halycon Days (9-2 favourite) held Nomoreblackjack by a diminishing head in the Free Racedays With The Racegoers Club Novices' Handicap Chase.
Rebecca Menzies' consistent eight-year-old was all out under Tony Kelly to win for the fourth time this season.
Black Narcissus (4-1) came with a rattling run after the last to land the spoils in the Racing UK Winter Season Ticket Handicap Chase.
Alex Dunn's mare was only fourth coming to the final obstacle but finished with a flourish for Adam Wedge to score by a length and a half from Tommy The Rascal.
The latter's jockey David Noonan was banned for two days (February 17 and 19) for using his whip above the permitted level.
Dianne Sayer's Cooking Fat (8-1) landed his second course success as he defied top weight in the racinguk.com Handicap Hurdle under Brian Hughes, while Sam England's Ask Paddy (5-2) made all for Callum Bewley in the Racing Again 13th February Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
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