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Handler Gordon is delighted after a five-star showing

By Steve Simpson

Chris Gordon enjoyed the first five-timer of his career with an across-the-card 934-1 nap hand at Plumpton and Stratford.

The Hampshire handler was at the Sussex venue, where he weighed in with a treble courtesy of Starkie, Ballyheigue Bay and Funny Oyster, while Tara Bridge and Howlongisafoot, both ridden by Leighton Aspell, were on the mark at Stratford.

"We've had five winners on one day before and the plan is we always get them ready and prepared for the Festival times - I haven't really got any runners at Cheltenham, but at least they have peaked at the right time," he said.

"It's going to be a quiet old week, but I might have one on Friday in Remiluc at Cheltenham in the Martin Pipe race, but this is fantastic.

"We've had a relatively quiet season until two weeks ago when it's really clicked and the winners have been coming. I can't believe we've had five, though."

Starkie (11-4) started things rolling at Plumpton. He was ridden by Tom Cannon, who made Ballyheigue Bay's stamina pay off with an all-the-way win.

Receiving lumps of weight from last year's winner Hope's Wishes, Funny Oyster (4-1) was steered home by 7lb claimer Harry Reed in the Aspen Insurance Mares' Handicap Hurdle.

Cannon just missed out a treble when Itoldyou was run out of it and had to settle for third.

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