Lou Lou just Lovely for Kendrick

Rider scores first double at Huntingdon

  • Wednesday 02 October
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Max Kendrick completed the first double of his career and reduced his claim to 3lb as Lovely Lou Lou made a winning debut at Huntingdon on Wednesday.

The John Ryan-trained daughter of Sir Percy outran her 22-1 price tag when proving a length and a quarter too strong for Barney Frederick in the MansionBet At Huntingdon “Junior” Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Kendrick said: “It is my first double and that is my 5lb claim gone. She has done it really well and I’m a lucky man to be on top.

“I had quite a few winners early on in the summer and you get to being two away and you want to get it done, so I have.

Of the winner, he added: “She is so game and gutsy, but is only small. She got to the front so well, but when I pulled my stick through she knuckled down well.

“John gave me a message on Saturday night asking to go up on Sunday morning to ride and I just gave her a little canter up Side Hill.”

Bentons Lad (12-1) got the ball rolling for Kendrick as he made a winning debut for Graeme McPherson in the first division of the Download The MansionBet App Handicap Hurdle.

Golden Taipan successfully defied a penalty to give Fergal O’Brien a winner from his only runner at the track after defeating Get Back Get Back by two lengths on his return to two miles in the MansionBet Faller Insurance Novices’ Hurdle.

Sally Randell, assistant trainer, said of the 11-8 winner: “Another summer has done him the world of good. The drop back to two miles was definitely a plus.

“He has just dictated it well up front and done it well.”

O’Brien will soon move from Grange Hill Farm to Ravenswell Farm, and Randell added: “We’ve got about a month to go. It’s mega and we can’t wait to get in there. The gallop is super.

“We’ve already been using the gallop as we have been boxing them to it. It’s nice to get a few winners on the new gallop.”

Brigadier Bob took full advantage of long-time leader Alexander The Grey crashing through the wing of the penultimate fence to claim a two-and-a-half-length success in the Best Odds Guaranteed At MansionBet Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Kerry Lee, trainer, said of the 9-1 winner: “It wasn’t without drama and we got very lucky. It is his second time over fences and I thought his jumping really kept him in the race.

“Jamie (Moore) and Richard Patrick have worked hard schooling the horse at home. We thought he was in a good place to have a go at novice chasing, so it is good to get one on the board.

“For a Flat-bred horse he chases very well. It was a super ride from Jamie.”

Bryony Frost and Neil King have enjoyed plenty of success together and the pair celebrated another winner as Nordano (9-1) found plenty for pressure to defeat Chocks Away by three lengths in the Gamble Responsibility With MansionBet Juvenile Hurdle.

Frost said: “It is a lovely start, but he has done a lot of schooling at home. He tries immensely hard and the pressure was on from a long way out.

“What I like about him, and hopefully it will continue in his career, is that he puts his head down and digs deep for you.”

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