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Brennan takes chance on Moscow

Tue, 17 April 2012

Luggers Hall has threatened to get his head in front on several occasions this season and he finally did it when winning the Certass Self Assessment And Auditing Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Kempton.

The Tony Carroll-trained four-year-old, who was settled in rear for a long way, attacked between the final two flights and showed plenty of tenacity to beat the front-running Alfraamsey by three and three-quarter lengths.

"He's been a bridesmaid a few times and just bumped into one or two, so it's nice to see him get his head in front. He was given a lovely ride by Lee (Edwards) and everything panned out nicely for him," said Carroll, whose charge was sent off the 5-4 favourite.

"There is a race at Sandown in about a fortnight which could be his next target and then he could have a run on the Flat."

Valento made a winning return after over a year on the sidelines in the SFS Intec 316 Stainless Steel Handicap Hurdle. The 16-1 chance came through late and outstayed favourite Mister Dillon to wrest the spoils by a length and a quarter under Sean Quinlan.

Winning trainer Kim Bailey said: "He's a bit of a quirky character and he had been working well, but I didn't know what to expect. I'm delighted for the owners as they've been patient with him and he'll probably go over fences now in three or four weeks' time."

Paddy Brennan gave the seemingly tricky Moscow Chancer a fine ride to emerge victorious in the Skyline Solar Triumph Novices' Handicap Chase. He looked at pains not to ask for maximum effort for much of the trip, but managed to coax Tom George's charge to the front in the straight.

With a clear-cut victory seemingly assured after the final fence, the 5-1 chance gave his supporters a few jitters as he began to pull himself up as the line approached, but he held on by half a length from Anay Turge.

Nicky Henderson has enjoyed a spectacular season, but will have saddled few more fortunate winners than Woodbank (22-1), who was booked for second in the Sika Liquid Plastics Pioneers 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle until Bold Henry squandered a big lead by falling at the last.

Philip Hobbs and Tom O'Brien, the connections of Bold Henry, gained compensation when 15-8 favourite Fighting Flynn ran out a determined winner of the Flag-Soprema Waterproofing Classic Novices' Hurdle. The jockey completed a double on Charlie Longsdon's Baseball Ted (9-1) in the Sika Sarnafil Sparks Handicap Chase.