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Tireless (shades of blue, center) wins the bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby
Daryl Jacob might have had the fortune on his side in Charlie Hall but he had no doubt of the merit of his victory over Indefatigable in the bet365 Hurdle.
His mount, fresh out of victory over the flat at Pontefract, achieved a smooth success in a Category 2 race better known as the West Yorkshire Hurdle and raced on Paul Webber’s lucky track.
The coach had many good winners on a course where he also had his only treble and was delighted with Indefatigable, saying: “It could not have worked better.”
Future plans depend on the weather and Webber said: “If it was dry she could go to Newbury for the long distance race but she is a mare and I have to try to earn a grade 1 with her.
“It will probably be too wet before the long march in December and Ascot’s plan could be the Ascot Stakes in June. She just needs another race to get a handicap score.
“She thrives in spring and summer. You could probably do the Mares ‘or the Stayers’ Hurdle in Cheltenham, maybe Punchestown, so you still have six weeks until Ascot.”
A potential move to the pursuit appears to remain on hold for former Stayers Hurdle winner Paisley Park, who could head to Newbury after finishing third here, remaining after losing his spot before three outs.
“It was a little rusty,” said jockey Aidan Coleman. “On his last two runs last year he was stopped at Aintree and had a very tough race at Cheltenham and he remembered it a bit.
“It looked like it was going to be a disaster but from penultimate in the row he actually finished very strong. It’s not the horse he’s showing us at home right now but I think that he will be back with that run under his belt and a better experience.
Wishes come true
Dan Skelton had feared he might end up looking silly, but Molly Ollys Wishes didn’t let him down.
The coach knew he was trying to drop the three-mile-winning mare two miles for the first time in over a year in the Listed bet365 Mares’ Hurdle.
He didn’t have to worry as the 3-1 favorite scored by five and a half lengths ready. under Coach Harry’s son.
Explaining the change in distance, Dan Skelton said: “I just thought we would try it on two because when I looked at the registrations on Monday and saw the West Yorkshire Hurdle filling up and I was worried that it had a really tough race in this first outing.
“Maybe she was better on two and let her ride the first time.” It worked really well and Harry gave him a great ride. Some days it works, other days you look silly to back a horse a mile.
Molly Ollys Wishes will now be returning on her travels, in the long-term hope that she can emulate the success of her teammate Roksana in sophomore year at Ascot in January.
Describing her plans, Skelton said: “She was still going to go to Kempton on November 22 for a Listed three mile race. I see no reason to change.
“We always hoped that she could take the road to Roksana. It was a year too early last year and it worked in his favor that Roksana was there.
“Now she’s ready for it and I can imagine her going to Kempton; we might end up trying the Long Walk and then the Warfield Mares’ Hurdle at Ascot is its Gold Cup.
40 – 1 shock start
The most important day of the year for Wetherby began with a mostly shock to the large crowd as outside the field Geryville made his winning UK debut with impressive success in the 2m3f pursuit.
Even coach Micky Hammond admitted the 12-point triumph of the 40-1 shot under Alain Cawley was more than he expected and said: “We were just hoping for a great race.
“The ground was so firm that he was not educated on the fences, he has just crossed the French hurdles in all weathers. He jumped a little big at the start, but I hope he can win again.
“He came in June and we have always loved him. He was selected by Peter and Toby Jones who said he would do well here.
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FIRST POSTED 18:15, 30 OCT 2021