Kijivu resurrects Lidderdale's luck
REPORT: HEREFORD, Wednesday
TIMES have been very quiet for Hungerford trainer Alastair Lidderdale recently, but his luck took a turn for the better after Kijivu proved the answer to the juvenile fillies' novice hurdle in the hands of Robert Lucey-Butler.
Lidderdale had not saddled a jumps winner for over a year until the filly came to hisrescue as she stretched four and a half lengths away from Miss Mactango off the home bend.
He said: "To be honest we have not got that many horses to go to war with and we could do with more, but we'll have about half a dozen for jumping this autumn, including this filly.
"She had run well a couple of times on the Flat over the summer and had jumped well at home prior to this race. Add the fact she is a trier, it is not a surprise she has won."
Winter Star collected for the fourth time in six weeks after comfortably accounting for Alecia in the 2m4f novice hurdle to provide conditional jockey Harry Skelton with his first winner on his first ride for Evan Williams.
The trainer explained the booking, saying: "Donal Fahy usually rides the horse but he is in Newmarket on a conditionals' course, so we put up Harry and he has done the job very well."
The Williams-trained Adeus Ayrton was sent off evens favourite for the bumper but had to settle for second, as the race went the way of the Matt Sheppard-trained SilverKate, ridden by Aidan Coleman.
Jonjo O'Neill and Tony McCoy teamed up to post a double in JP McManus's colours after Charge It took the 2m4f handicap hurdle and Different Class held off the late rally of Roussea in the 2m3f handicap chase.
The Andrew Stringer-trained Faith And Reason made the long trek from Newmarket pay dividends as he came away from Flanagans Choice without too much fuss to lift the novice handicap hurdle.
Stringer said: "He turned the corner on the Flat over the summer but he will have an entry at the sales next month and if anybody wants him off the boss (Barney Curley) before that, I'm sure they will have a chance at the right price."
Flying Jody, having his first outing for Henry Daly, came home a rather fortunate winner of the selling handicap chase, as the nine-year-old looked to be struggling until clear leader Glimmer Of Light unseated his rider, Thomas Weston, two out.
However, the winner will not be returning to Daly's yard as he was knocked down to Nick Shutts for 6,000gns at the auction.
Rob Wood, part-time clerk of the scales, weighed out the jockeys for the final time. Wood, 70, has officiated since 1957, and all at the course wished him a happy retirement