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Mr Moonshine - Carlisle 30.10.2011

Mr Moonshine puts in a flying leap on his way to victory on Sunday

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Mr Moonshine routs rivals in Colin Parker

Report: Carlisle, Sunday

Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase 2m4f, 5yo+

MR MOONSHINE, a well-backed 3-1 chance, stormed to a 16-length victory over some well-regarded rivals on his second start over fences on Sunday.

The Sue Smith-trained seven-year-old made all the running under Henry Oliver and put in some bold leaps on his way to a bloodless success.

Hidden Keel, the 8-13 favourite, ran a laboured race back in second while Cheltenham Festival winner Divers showed nothing like his best form as he finished tailed off.

Mr Moonshine, who was a smart hurdler, set a steady pace with the 149-rated Hidden Keel shadowing his every move.

Divers, trained by Ferdy Murphy, was settled in mid-pack but was struggling a long way from home and was pulled-up.

As the leader quickened the pace turning for home, backers of Hidden Keel would have been confident as jockey Felix de Giles sat motionless aboard the Charlie Longsdon-trained six-year-old.

However, another spectacular jump at the third last from Mr Moonshine soon put Hidden Keel under pressure and he had no answer to the winner's finishing kick.

Mr Moonshine cruised home and was eased down at the finish, with Hidden Keel finishing a weary second.

The winning rider said: "He jumped really well and is a decent prospect. He won over hurdles at Huntingdon lat year very impressively and he wasn't quite right after that."

Harvey Smith, husband of trainer Sue, added: "He did that really well and could be a really good Saturday afternoon horse. We'll probably go for some decent novice chases with him now."

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