Power enjoys Lingfield boost

A review of Tuesday's card at Lingfield, where Swindon Town chairman Lee Power saw his Good Man Hughie win.

Fergal O'Brien saddled a winner at Lingfield

Swindon Town chairman Lee Power hopes the victory of Good Man Hughie at Lingfield can be transferred to the football pitch on Sunday in his club's crunch clash with arch rivals Oxford United.

Having secured deadline day loan deals to bring former striker Nicky Ajose back from Charlton Athletic and Brighton midfielder Rohan Ince to the League One outfit, the County Ground chief took time out of his day to watch the Gary Moore-trained eight-year-old finally get off the mark at the eighth attempt.

Although making an error at the last, the 7/2 favourite had enough in hand to get the better of Sea The Springs by a length and quarter in the Racing Welfare-sponsored handicap hurdle to give Jamie Moore a winner on his 32nd birthday.

Power said: "That might buy us a new striker! I wish the football was going as well as the horses, as things are not going well and the supporters are not happy.

"We've just got Nicky Ajose back on loan from Charlton Athletic, who we sold to them in the summer, and Rohan Ince.

"We've got a big game against Oxford United on Sunday. Hopefully the new players will help and three points against them will be a godsend."

On the winner, he added: "He has always had problems, but we have just persevered with him. He cost us £25,000 and we have had him for just over two years but never seem to get him right.

"Jamie gave him an unbelievable ride and I thought he was beat to be fair."

Fergal O'Brien moved to within one of matching his best seasonal total of 47 winners after Annie Alainn completed a quick-fire across-the-card double for the trainer with a front-running success in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

O'Brien's 10-year-old mare returned to winning ways to take the two-mile prize by a length and a quarter under Paddy Brennan, some 25 minutes after Aye Aye Charlie made it third time lucky with a dead-heat at Southwell.

Sally Randall, partner and assistant trainer, said: "Paddy Brennan came out and said there was not a lot of pace on. As she pulls to hard it was better to get on with it and make her own fractions in front. She did it well.

"She run a good third at Chepstow but for whatever reason she was not good enough on the day to win, but she has nicked it today. She has got a heart of gold and she is called The Boxer, as she is so tough."

Doitforthevillage (3/1) made the most of a drop in class to defend his unbeaten record at the track when posting a decisive eight-length success in the two-mile ryanvehicles.com Handicap Chase, to follow up his course and distance victory last month and complete a double for Brennan.

Winning trainer Paul Henderson said: "It was too good a race and too big a step at Ludlow last time out. It put his jumping under pressure.

"Paddy Brennan said he thought he had the ability to run in that type of race but he couldn't jump at that speed.

"I think he has got the ability and Paddy thinks he has got the ability to progress back up there. That was only his fifth run over fences."

Ned Curtis is starting to see his decision to switch codes begin to pay off after making his one ride for his boss Nicky Henderson a winning one in steering Polly's Pursuit (5/2) to a seven-length victory in the opening bumper.

Curtis said: "This surface has helped. She would not be running on the grass on heavy ground. She skipped round well on the surface. She did it very easily and put it to bed into a matter of strides."

On switching from the Flat to jumps, he added: "I love it. I'm really enjoying the change of lifestyle and concentrating on being fitter and on my riding rather than wasting, which makes a big difference."

Neil Mulholland enjoyed a double on the day after Matrow's Lady (9/1) took the extended two-mile-seven-furlong handicap chase on her first start in 305 days, while Molly Carew (33/1) sprung a shock when flooring odds-on favourite Tearsofclewbay in the mares' novice hurdle.

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