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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long


Tom moved onto 40 winners with a lovely spare ride at Uttoxeter yesterday

for trainer Ben Pauling. Tuesday: Uttoxeter

Grade 2-winning hurdler The Cob ended a near two-year drought when making a successful debut over fences with a dominant front-running victory in the 2m4f novice handicap chase.

The eight-year-old had not won since the Grade 2 River Don Novices' Hurdle at Doncaster in January 2021 but bounced back to his best with some exuberant jumps to score by 13 lengths from Lanzarote Hurdle winner Cobblers Dream.

"He travelled great throughout and did that really well," said winning trainer Ben Pauling. "We'd been wanting to go over fences with him for a while.

"I'm hoping he can progress as he's not lost any of his ability, but he had spent a long time in the wilderness. He was handicapped to run a good race and hopefully he can go and improve again from here."

It was a fortuitous spare ride for Tingle Creek-winning jockey Tom Cannon, with original rider Kielan Woods expecting the birth of his child at any moment.

Pauling added: "Kielan's wife went into labour today. We're wishing them all the best and hope everything goes well for them."

Tom has three rides today at Leicester.

1:15 SCENE ONE - Good efforts in both starts and form has worked out; leading contender in this company.

Owners - Scene One Partnership - Trainer - Lucy Wadham

2:25 VANITY AFFAIR - Quite useful Flat winner and could play a part on hurdling debut.

Owners - Dun Lee And Charlie Fellowes - Trainer - Charlie Fellowes

3:35 CILAOS GLACE - Pulled up over fences in May and when back hurdling last month.

Owners - Heart Of The South Racing 118 - Trainer - Oliver Sherwood

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