Flawless round of fencing to bring further weight rise
NO Loose Change is set for another hike in the weights after a flawless round of fencing at Newton Abbot last week.
The eight-year-old from the Ditcheat yard of Paul Nicholls jumped his rivals silly in the 3m2½f handicap chase and came home 13 lengths clear under 5lb conditional Harry Derham.
Although Derham's claim cut the top weight's burden to 11st7lb the 12-1 chance was still giving 16lb to the runner-up.
The Bob Back gelding appears to have benefited from a breathing operation after being pulled up in the Listed Badger Ales Handicap Chase at Wincanton in November.
Following a five-month break he reappeared in April giving an immaculate performance under Ruby Walsh to land a Kempton Park handicap chase. That run prompted the official handicapper to up him 11lb – and connections expect a rise of 14lb or more following last week's effort.
It was the 17th winner of the campaign for Nicholls from just 63 runners giving him a strike rate of 27 per cent.
Keiran Burke was doubly represented but neither Hell's Bay, who was pulled up sharply and dismounted, nor Whispering Jack completed for the handler from Henley near Crewkerne.
Anthony Honeyball has in-form hurdler Man Of Leisure "entered up everywhere" over the next few days.
The trainer from Mosterton near Crewkerne had earmarked the £27,000 Totepool Cumbria Crystal Hurdle – the richest race of the year at Cartmel – as a prime target but on Monday he had yet to make his mind up about travelling to the Lake District for the 2m6f handicap on Saturday.
"Man Of Leisure is also entered for Market Rasen this weekend, a novices' hurdle at Cartmel, Newton Abbot, and a Worcester novices' hurdle," he said of the nine-year-old Karinga Bay gelding who rattled off a hat-trick in handicap hurdles inside six days with Rachael Green on board last month before being beaten over a shorter trip of 2m at Worcester on June 23.
In that period the horse has risen from a mark of 95 to 125 and following a month's break Honeyball says he is ready to resume for the enthusiastic members of the Anthony Honeyball Racing Club.
The handler said: "Man Of Leisure is in good form. We gave him an easy week after Worcester and just kept him ticking over but now he's cantering every day and looks good.
"We bought him as a summer horse for the club and he is ready to go again."
Honeyball is delighted with his purchase from the Arqana Sales in Deauville, France. After spending 18,000 euros on Anda De Grissay, a three-year-old filly by Network – sire of Sprinter Sacre – he said: "She is a lovely filly out of a mare who has already produced a winner."