Brigg trainer Nick Kent has had to wait a while for a winner but at Market Rasen on Sunday ‘Around a Pound’ (5-1) did the business.
The eight-year-old has had one win in 23 starts,that coming over course and distance last spring.
After doing nothing for a while he showed some signs of improvement here last time out when he finished fourth. Henry Brooke was on board and always had his mount handy. He took the lead two out and ran on impressively.
Kent was delighted. He said: “He loves it here, but we were worried that the ground was drying out too much for him.
“We just had a feeling he would run well though and he got back to the form of 12-months ago. I will just keep bringing him back here now.”
Kent saddled The Black Lion in the opening race ‘The Journal’ Lady Riders Selling Handicap Hurdle. He finished well down the field in a race won by top weight Kayfton Pete, ridden by Ali Stirling and trained by Fergal O’ Brian at Newmarket.
He is a bit quirky and by reputation seems reluctant to get his head in front, but once he did he galloped effortlessly on and saw off the 11-10 favourite Endeavor with relative ease.
Watered Silk,sent off at 7-2, is trained by Lucy Wadham and in the second race, the Novices Hurdle, he took up the lead on the second lap and injected some pace. The five-year-old has shown some useful form on the flat, winning in 2012 at the big May meeting at Chester.
His hurdling had been far from convincing however, but clearly given the faster ground he was always going to be one to fancy here.
The feature race was the £7,000 Peaccock and Binnington Novices Chase.
Only five went to post and Paddy Brennan had the ride on the evens favourite Forgotten Gold for trainer Tom George.
The seven-year-old got off the mark over the stiff Aintree fences last October and also ran down the field in the Cheltenham Festival last month.
He was facing easier opposition here but after leading from the 12th fence he hit the third fence out but rallied to lead close home.
Richard Guest saddled Be My Deputy in the fifth race the Lincolnshire Rural Charities Handicap Chase.The 7-2 joint favourite saw off the other joint favourite in French Ties by half a length. The latter hit the final fence and Denis O’Regan drove his mount home. Blinkers has been the making of the horse and this effort made it four wins from his last five starts.
The bumper at the bottom of the card saw Little Poppet (9-2) and Richie McGrath team up in impressive style.
A good sized crowd enjoyed basking in the spring sunshine for an excellent afternoon’s racing. The next meeting at Market Rasen is on Saturday 27th April.