Conditional jockey Bryan Carver continued his sensational run of form on a truncated card at Hereford.
Carver steered home his sixth winner from his last eight rides aboard 11-10 favourite Seymour Sox in division two of the Happy New Year From MansionBet Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.
The 3lb claimer enjoyed winners at Taunton and Warwick on December 30 and New Year’s Eve respectively, before recording a New Year’s Day treble at Exeter.
After having to make do with the runner-up spot on his first ride aboard Alastair Ralph’s 13-8 favourite Butler’s Brief, the pair combined to go one better half an hour later as Seymour Sox won readily by three and a half lengths.
Ralph said: “A winner and a second isn’t a bad return and I thought the horse in the last race (Getaway Totherock) would have had a good chance as well, but never mind.
“We’ve got 40 horses in at the moment and they’re running very well. Liam Treadwell is my assistant and a big part of the team. I’ve got a very good team behind me, which makes my job easy.”
Of Carver, the trainer added: “He’s obviously riding with a lot of confidence, but he’s a good lad who listens as well.
“He’s a very good jockey.”
Elsewhere on the card, Sam Twiston-Davies was seen to excellent effect aboard Broughtons Admiral in the Best Odds Guaranteed At MansionBet Handicap Hurdle.
The leading rider decided to chart a wide course on Dr Richard Newland’s in an attempt to avoid the poached ground on the inside rail and it proved a masterstroke, with the 11-2 chance passing the post with 12 lengths in hand.
While two inspections took place during racing, six of the scheduled seven races were run, but the final contest – a mares’ novice hurdle – was abandoned on safety grounds.
A tweet from the track read: “In the interests of safety, the decision has been taken to abandon the last race today due to the impact that today’s racing has had specifically on the hurdles course.
“We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this causes everyone involved but obviously, safety remains a priority. Equally, we would like to thank everyone involved for their cooperation.”