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Treble delight for Powell

By Tom Peacock

Young conditional jockey Brendan Powell took the honours at a dark and dank Plumpton with his first-ever treble at odds of 40-1.

It was a day to remember as he won for his trainer/father Brendan on Dark And Dangerous as well as two for his boss Colin Tizzard with Ohio Gold and Drawn Free.

“A great day, very good. The winners make you feel like it's a sunny day,” he said after his last victory.

“It's great to get a double for the boss and a winner for dad, so couldn't be better.”

The 7lb claimer got the ball rolling on Dark And Dangerous (2-1), who handled the testing conditions in game fashion to take the Juvenile Hurdle.

With the benefit of previous jumping experience, he pulled away from his nearest pursuer Hi Note from the second last to record a four-and-a-half-length victory.

“He's a very honest little horse and he'll stay all day. He's done nothing wrong and he didn't give him a bad ride,” Powell senior told At The Races.

“He's a very straightforward horse and the lad had a word with AP (McCoy), who said to make plenty of use of him.

“It's the owner's dream to maybe go for something like a Fred Winter (at Cheltenham) later in the season. He's a tough, hardy horse and seems to cope with any ground.”

Ohio Gold (4-9) was Powell's easiest winner as he landed the odds in great fashion in the Yes Promo Products “National Hunt” Novices' Hurdle.

Riding with utmost confidence, Powell pushed last month's Folkestone winner into a clear lead three out.

It was a matter of how far he would win after that as he negotiated the final two obstacles safely to score by 22 lengths from Isleofhopendreams with Solaise Express another 16 lengths away in third.

“This lad did it very well. He's a horse that travels so well and he jumped brilliantly,” said the jockey.

Drawn Free (17-2) brought up his threesome in the G.E. White & Sons Agricultural Buildings Handicap Hurdle with a three-and-a-quarter-length call over the favourite Missionaire.

“He's done it very well for a three-year-old on this ground round this track. He's got a big future ahead of him,” said Powell.

Spear Thistle (5-1) turned over hot-pot Cucumber Run after a thrilling finish to the three-runner Broadfeed Remembering Manhattan Boy Novices' Chase.

Those two had the race to themselves from the fourth last and it was nip and tuck with Dave Crosse getting Charlie Mann's runner home by a head from the 1-4 shot. They pulled 36 lengths clear of Lady Willa.

“I only got the ride yesterday morning as they only put the horse in when the race re-opened,” said Crosse.

Weighing-room veteran Andrew Thornton managed to get on the scoresheet thanks to Hazy Bay (12-1) in the Follow Us On Twitter @starsportsbet-bet Handicap Hurdle.

The Michael Roberts-trained six-year-old, last seen winning over the course and distance in February, gained the upper hand over Chicharito at the final flight to win by six lengths.

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