Treble tops for Jacob
A review of the rest of the action from Newcastle where Daryl Jacob rode a treble.
Daryl Jacob rode a treble
Elgin made an impressive start to his career over jumps in the New EBF "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle at Newcastle.
Alan King's four-year-old showed plenty of ability in bumpers, winning on his second start at Haydock before filling the runner-up spot on his reappearance at Aintree last month.
Having been ridden positively, Dubai Angel made his move at the top of the straight, but Elgin was in his slipstream and took over on the run to the final flight before pulling two and a half lengths clear in the hands of Daryl Jacob.
Dan Downie, racing manager for owners the Elite Racing Club, said: "That was really good and Daryl said he was really strong (keen), so I'm surprised he managed to win as well as he did.
"He's always been a nice horse, but is still raw. I'll have a chat with Alan and see where we go, but he likes soft ground, which is good.
"I would imagine we'll just tread carefully with him."
Jacob completed a quick-fire double aboard Domperignon Du Lys in the Vertem Introductory Juvenile Hurdle.
The winner of a French bumper during the summer, the three-year-old was the 10/11 favourite on what was his first start for Nicky Henderson and looks a smart recruit judged on his eight-length victory over Nietzsche.
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"His work at home has been good. He's workmanlike, which I like," said Jacob.
"It was a bit of a Mickey Mouse race as we went no gallop and one or two of the horses in front were having a good look around, but I don't think it matters to this horse what sort of pace they go.
"He should come on for it and improve."
Revocation was an authoritative winner of the Coopers Marquees Handicap Chase for trainer Lucinda Russell and jockey Grant Cockburn.
Runner-up at Carlisle last month on his first start since May the previous year, the 7/1 shot went one better with a six-length verdict.
Russell said: "He was off with a leg (injury) and then we brought him back we felt the ground had gone, so we turned him out again.
"I'm delighted for the owners as we've waited and waited for the right race. He looks like a stayer and Grant felt he has a good engine, so it's all positive.
"I'll speak to the owners, but there's a two-mile-five novice handicap at Uttoxeter coming up.
"He's very lightly raced and I think he'll improve again."
Jacob was on the mark for a third time as the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Calett Mad (11-4 favourite) produced a spring-heeled display on his British debut in the Weatherbys Stallion Book Chase.
"He's done it nicely enough. He's still inexperienced as that was only his fourth run and his first run over fences," said Jacob.
"He's still green and a big, raw four-year-old, but hopefully he'll be a nice horse."
Spirit Of Kayf (2-1) caused a minor upset with victory in the Weatherbys Racing Diaries "The French Furze" Novices' Hurdle.
Get On The Yager was the 8-11 favourite to keep his unbeaten record intact and set out to make all the running, but the Sandy Thomson-trained Spirit Of Kayf tracked him into the straight and was ultimately well on top as he passed the post four and a half lengths clear under jockey-of-the-moment Brian Hughes.
Thomson was delighted to get back on the winning trail following stable star Seeyouatmidnight's disappointing performance in last Saturday's Betfair Chase at Haydock.
He said: "I'm thrilled with that, especially after last weekend. It was just one of those things that happens in racing. "We've always liked this horse, ever since he ran in his first bumper at Ayr."
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