News Grove Silver delights Jennie Candlish with Carlisle gold

Grove Silver delights Jennie Candlish with Carlisle gold


Grove Silver dug deep to make it back-to-back victories in the Enhanced Place Odds At 188Bet Handicap Chase at Carlisle.

Winner of the two-and-a-half-mile heat in a first-time visor last year, Jennie Candlish employed the blinkers this time around and the headgear seemed to work the oracle as the 13-8 favourite travelled sweetly in the hands of Sean Quinlan.

It initially looked as though Caraline might prove the main obstacle to success, but he dropped away after the third-last in testing ground, leaving Major Hindrance to apply the pressure.

He looked likely to edge in front after the last, but Grove Silver found a little more to win by half a length.

Candlish said: "He just does exactly what he says on the tin, you never come home thinking 'if only he'd given a little bit more'. He just leaves it all out there.

"He's the 100th winner for his owner (Alan Baxter) and I'm so pleased for him as he's been a great supporter of the yard and I'm thrilled that Grove Silver did it for him.

"Sean gave him a great ride. He won this last year so we wanted to bring him back and the headgear has helped.

"He is the third winner from my last four runners, so it's nice to know the horses are in good form.

"We have got Beeves entered at Cheltenham next week (in the Glenfarclas Chase) and while he's not definite to run, he has been prepared for it, so this a nice boost."

Harry Skelton made the long trip north pay dividends as Asking Questions lifted the 188Bet Up To £75 Cash Bonus Novices' Handicap Chase.

Oliver Greenall's charge was Skelton's only mount of the day and he appeared to benefit from the application of a visor as he finished four and a half lengths clear of Mr Witmore in comfortable style.

Instingtive (9-4 favourite) gave local trainer Lisa Harrison her first winner at the track in the Bds Digital Cash For Kids Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

He made every yard of the running for 3lb claimer Ross Chapman and eventually finished three-quarters of a length in front of Pc Dixon.

Kane Yeoman was another to bring up a notable first as he secured his first riding victory aboard Red Danaher (3-1) in the Download The App At 188Bet "Hands And Heels" Handicap Hurdle.

Ross Turner, who finished second aboard Once An Angel, was banned for seven days for "using his whip before the final hurdle contrary to the race conditions".

Louse Talk justified odds of 1-8 as he claimed the Best Odds Guaranteed At 188Bet Novices' Hurdle.