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No Pass-ing Davis star

Sun, 15 July 2012

Passato defied the steadier of 11st 12lb in admirable fashion to supplement a recent Flat success in the Birmingham Post Handicap Chase at Stratford.

Surrendering between 12lb and 26lb to his four rivals, the Jo Davis-trained eight-year-old would not be denied as he gave his all for Paddy Brennan to ward off Dean's Grange by a length.

"He's an absolute star. To win like that with all that weight is just brilliant," said Hungerford-based Davis of the 9-4 favourite.

"I knew he was really well and he's as strong as I've had him, but with the way the ground was I wasn't going to run him as he had to carry such a big weight. Paddy texted me on Friday morning and said we should run and that the ground would dry up.

" He has won nine races for me now on the Flat, over hurdles and fences. I don't know where we'll go next. The handicapper will have his say and I don't want to run him for him to get beat as he tries so hard."

Tzora came with a rattling late run down the centre of the course to snatch the Sunday Mercury Handicap Hurdle. Having his first start since joining Devon trainer Martin Hill, the 33-1 outsider outstayed the gambled-on Smalib Monterg to win by a length and three-quarters under Hadden Frost.

Hill said: "He was a bit of a decent act about two years ago. We seemed to have rekindled him a bit and he's back doing the right job, which is two-mile hurdling. We're very pleased for a horse that cost 2,200 guineas from Ascot sales three months ago.

"He was a bargain buy. He's had leg trouble. He's run in a point-to-point and a hunter chase without any ill effects, so we thought he was worth taking a chance with. He'll stick to the same job now through to the autumn, then we might think of putting him over fences as he jumps them fine."