Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Man With Van drives on to come home first in Novice Chase

Larne trainer Stuart Crawford
Larne trainer Stuart Crawford

Larne trainer Stuart Crawford, having recorded a double at Sedgefield on Tuesday, moved successfully to Scotland yesterday when scoring with Man With Van at Perth in the Novice Chase.

The local horse only just got home aided by champion jockey Tony McCoy in the saddle and lead at the winning post by a head to keep supporters happy.

Hurricane Ivan, trained at Ballygowan by Sammy Wilson, followed up a recent victory at Sedgefield when landing the handicap hurdle for conditional riders with Jodie McGarvey on board – the winner travelling well before leading prior to the last and going clear after the final flight.

Crossgar trainer Colin McBratney was another Ulster trainer on the mark at Perth with Quickasyoucan endorsing recent Down Royal form when claiming the opening novice hurdle in very easy fashion partnered by Brian Hughes while the Crawford trained John Mor came third.

County Meath handler Gordon Elliott and jockey Davy Condon doubled up at the Perth Festival with Hold Em Cowboy having won over hurdles on Thursday and their runner scoring again yesterday when favourite for the handicap chase when winning in facile fashion and eased before the line.

The trainer/jockey combination doubled up when Takeyourcapoff landed the feature hurdle race.

Trainer Tony Martin also got on the scoreboard when Blair Perrone beat the Crawford trained Okotoks in the concluding bumper by a nose resulting in six of the seven races on the second day of the Perth Festival going to Irish trained runners.

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