RACING returned to Market Rasen on Sunday after a break of more than a month.
The £9,800 feature race on Sunday’s card was the Victor Lucas Memorial Chase, named after the man who designed much of the layout of the town’s racecourse.
A step up in trip to two miles six furlongs proved well within the scope of the Irish bred Wyck Hill (13-8) trained by David Bridgewater.
The seven–year–old got off the mark on his seasonal debut a month ago at Chepstow. He had to see off a challenge here from Dowd’s Destiny (11-2), who came strongly upsides to challenge, but Tom Scudamore’s mount had the edge.
The card had opened with a Juvenile Hurdle, which saw odds on favourite Kazlian (1-2) overturned by 5-2 shot Unknown Rebel with Brain Toomey on board.
The winner had a productive time on the flat this summer, but last time out failed to produce much when fourth over hurdles at Haydock. The distance here between the winner and favourite was an impressive 15 lengths.
Fennis Boy under Dougie Costello went to post 5/6 on for the second race, the 1st Security Novices’ Hurdle, and rewarded South Wales trainer Tim Vaughan for his long journey.
The seven–year–old had a convincing success at Kempton last time out, but this proved a much harder race with Denton (10-3) under Timmy Murphy, mounting a strong challenge after switching to the stand side after the last flight.
Louth trainer Steve Gollings saddled Into Wain, who has some useful form on the flat, and he looked to be mounting a challenge two out, but could not get to the first two and had to settle for third.
Prince of Denial (14-1) has for a while looked to have it in him to win a modest race.
He stayed on well to win the Hands and Heels Handicap Hurdle under conditional jockey Oliver Murphy.
Three previous third place efforts have come over hurdles, while he never took to fences when tried over the bigger obstacles.
His big moment arrived here and he got up by one and a quarter lengths. Donald McCain saddled the French bred Koup de Kanon (8-11F) who had bolted up in a Carlisle Novice Hurdle a week ago, but he failed to deliver here.
Prophete de Guye (4-1) is also French bred, but his day was much better as he jumped round superbly to land the 1st Security Handicap Chase.
This was his fifth chase win and he also looked sharp from recent hurdling efforts for trainer James Evans.
The final race on the card, the TC Power Handicap Chase, was won by Jacko’s Boy (6-1) who got up by a nose under Daniel Hiskett’s stewardship. The horse has proved temperamental in the past, but two wins inside a month are beginning to make punters think that reputation may belong to his past.
In this race Market Rasen trainer Michael Chapman saddled the unplaced Galley Slave, twice a winner here in the summer.
l The next meeting at Market Rasen is on Thursday November 17.