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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Ride of the season? All-action Tom Cannon delivers Coolvalla for unlikely win

Thursday: Lingfield

Tom Cannon Winner No38 for the season, put in an early claim for ride of the season with a never-say-die effort aboard Coolvalla in the 2m7½f handicap chase.

The six-year-old was sent off 2-1 favourite after making light work of his rivals on his chasing debut at Fontwell but this was much harder, with Cannon having to push his mount along from an early stage.

The runner-up Bobmahley hit 1.15 in running after seizing the lead at the third-last but Coolvalla rallied and asserted to win by a length and three-quarters and earn his rider hearty cheers in the winner's enclosure.

He said: "I think any jockey worth their weight can push a horse, that was the easy bit, it was keeping him interested out in the country which was a challenge. That sort of ground was ideal for him and to his credit he was very tough to battle after the last. It was very satisfying.

"It's great for the horse's owner Les Gilbert. He's not very well but I'm sure he'd have been watching from home with his heart in his mouth like everyone else."

The in-form rider recently partnered his 500th British winner and will be hoping his hot streak continues at Newbury on Saturday, when he partners Potterman in the Coral Gold Cup.

Tom has three booked rides today at Newbury.

12:45 AUCUNRISQUE - Quickly developed into very useful hurdler in early 2022; won on chase debut last month.

Owners - Goodwin Racing Ltd - Trainer - Chris Gordon

This boy was a four-time hurdle winner in the early part of this year, including the Grade 2

Dovecote at Kempton over 2m on good to soft and then went on to win the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton over 2m on good. He jumped well on the whole and seemed to have a bit left in the tank when winning at odds-on at Uttoxeter in a novice chase over

2m on good to soft last month. Today's race is slightly more competitive but should have a good chance.

1:20 EGBERT - Solid effort when third on hurdle debut at Warwick and he could be in the mix.

Owners - James & Jean Potter Ltd - Trainer - Alan King

Alan added:”Egbert shaped really well when finishing third on his hurdling debut at Warwick, so ought to be competitive in the novice.

3:40 FIDUX - Best known as a chaser but he's on a handy mark and is a possible now back over hurdles.

Owners - Axom LXVIII -Trainer - Alan King

Fidux, who ran such a great race when fourth in last season’s Scottish Grand National, is not easy to place over fences, so we hope he might enjoy a couple of races over hurdles. We took him to Market Rasen last week, only for his race to be washed out.”

Photo - Tom Cannon


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