Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Easy for Easter at HuntingdonHeadlines
Paul Nicholls

Jockey Daryl Jacob feels Easter Day could be the perfect type to excel at Aintree in April after he strolled to victory in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon.

The Paul Nicholls-trained youngster was a standout on the formbook, having finished second to Jonjo O'Neill's Taquin De Seuil in a Grade One at Newbury. Because of that he was sent off the 4-9 favourite for the race better known as the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle - despite giving plenty of weight away to all his rivals.

Jacob had already won on the five-year-old at Fontwell and Ascot and took his tally to three from three on him with an all-the-way four-length success over Nataani. Nicholls had taken him out of the Cheltenham novice events earlier in the week, but Jacob feels Aintree could be perfect for him.

Jacob said: "He's a very good novice. I'm three from three on him now and he did it well.

"It wasn't ideal making all the running on him but when we realised nothing else would go on we decided to just keep it as straightforward as possible. He'd won over further so I was prepared to go on. He'll have learned a lot. He's not going to Cheltenham so I imagine it will be Aintree for him. That should suit him well there as it's usually lovely ground."

Jacob had earlier won on David Arbuthnot's Rocky Elsom in the TurfTV Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

Sent off at 9-2, he had only been put up 3lb for a Plumpton win and there appears to be more to come still. Punters would do well to keep in mind when Jacob teams up with Arbuthnot as the pair now operate at a strike-rate of over 25%.

Jacob added: "I've got a good strike-rate to keep up for David so it was nice to win. Rocky is improving and the better ground is helping him. The tongue-tie obviously makes a difference and he's on an upward curve. The front two pulled a long way clear."

With the Cheltenham Festival rapidly approaching, Nicky Henderson showcased that his string are peaking at just the right time with another double.

Fresh from two winners at Doncaster 24 hours earlier, Henderson was on the mark with Tetlami (11-10 favourite) in the Huntingdon Racecourse Novices' Chase and Miss Ballantyne (3-1) in the racinguk.com Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

21 August 2014

McCoy records fastest century
Tapestry weaves Taghrooda downfall
Spencer to hang up riding boots
Tapestry floors Taghrooda at York
Mukhadram 'sore' after York
Slade 'unlikely' to run at Haydock
Tiggy takes Lowther by storm
Haggas strikes again at York
Signs good for big Estimate run
Power chases Nunthorpe double
Spencer announces shock retirement
Long bans for Cooper and Gagan
Abandon makes Hopeful return
Alga goes for Gimcrack glory
Yar makes Ebor cut
O'Brien keen on Champion double
Brooch dazzles in Ruby
Game Postponed dominates Voltigeur
Hill scratched from Leger prep
Dutch delivers in Acomb
Blaine works his magic
Byron bids for Curragh Renaissance
Smullen sweet on Anthem chance
Taghrooda ready to wow York
Power heads Nunthorpe field

20 August 2014

York enthralled by wizard of Aus
Australia rules
Zarkandar in Ces reckoning
Gosden ponders Cambridgeshire plan
Gal set for easy spell
Estimate leads Lonsdale eight
Glance seeking Lowther glory
Tasaday ready for York test
No tactical concerns for Tag team
Toast ride relinquished by Spencer
Blue is the colour for McCreery
Hill in peak form for Voltigeur
Certain claims clear-cut success
Prince aiming for Acomb glory
Champagne target for Belardo
Telescope team eye Group One glory
Australia camp expect trip to suit
Anthem takes Lowther test

19 August 2014

Duke aiming for York reign
Tag tops Oaks field
Matron on Thawaany agenda
Halford anticipates Tosc boost
No hurry for Panama plan
Millman plots weekend Celebration
Overbury role for Dunaden
O'Brien calls on two for Oaks
Newmarket entry for Abandon
O'Brien has some Australia concerns
Pale Mimosa at Ebor summit
Baitha remains in Gimcrack hunt
Anodin fired up for Foret
Moore given Hill role in Voltigeur

18 August 2014

Fallon back on Tuesday
Celebration time at Goodwood
Wonder to return to top table
Maximilian in Flying form
Nonette is Maid to measure
International call-up for Australia
Leger dream over for Elite Army
Angel is heaven sent for Tregoning
Memory saved for Doncaster
Panama makes it five on bounce
Hanagan back in business
O'Brien states Australia intention
Kingman powers to Marois glory
Tupi moved up in Boutin
Hawkesbury lame after defeat
Barron hoping for Knavesmire rain
Irish Champion go-ahead for Amralah
Wow factored into Morny picture

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2014