Road to success - family efforts pay off with first win for Menzies chaser
Trainer Rebecca Menzies was relieved to see Road Warrior finally shed his maiden tag at the 21st attempt in the 2m5f novice handicap chase in what was a pleasing family affair for owner Neil Taylor.
The seven-year-old was ridden by 7lb claimer Kane Yeoman, Taylor's stepson. The owner's daughter, Holly, works full-time at Menzies' yard and rides out Road Warrior each morning.
Menzies said: "He's run some good races in defeat this year and he probably didn't deserve to still be a maiden. He's a good jumper, strong traveller and Kane's given him a really good ride.
"Neil's daughter does all the work with Road Warrior at home, so it's quite a family story and it's really pleasing to get his head in front."
The win was the 21st of the season for Menzies, equalling her previous best tally, and she said: "Things are going well and we've got some nice good-ground horses to come, so hopefully we can keep things rolling."
Lucky 13 for Furius
Another to claim his maiden victory was the Oliver Greenall-trained Furius De Ciergues, who won at the 13th attempt when taking the 3m2½f handicap chase under Henry Brooke.
The six-year-old had finished runner-up in each of his last three starts and Greenall was pleased to see him finally live up to his potential.
"I think he's finally got his act together," he said. "We bought him as a three-year-old in France and always thought highly of him. It's taken him a fair time but hopefully he should go in again now."
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