Fakenham winner Rocky’s Treasure looks to have bright future

Fri 19 Oct 2018

Rocky’s Treasure looked a promising long-distance chasing prospect when enjoying a straightforward success in the Download The Free At The Races App Novices’ Chase at Fakenham.

Races such as the Scottish Grand National could be possible future targets after he comfortably followed up his debut win over fences at Kelso.

David Bass set out to make all on Kim Bailey’s seven-year-old and his job was made easier when Cultivator was pulled up with a circuit to go.

That left only Comanche Chieftain to beat and the even-money favourite won as he liked by 18 lengths.

Bass said: “I’m really pleased with that. He jumped well again today. Three miles round here is sharp enough. He’ll stay all day and I think he’ll go on to better things.

“Potentially, he could be a Scottish National horse, but we’ll not carried away yet.”

Midnight Shot (7-2) made his fitness count as he hit the target in the Sky Sports Racing Launching January 2019 Handicap Chase.

Thrust into the lead at the fourth-last by Johnny Burke, the Charlie Longsdon-trained eight-year-old swept clear to beat Ballykan by 13 lengths.

Burke said: “His jumping is his biggest asset. He’s a very, very honest horse.

“Fair play to Charlie and the staff for getting his head back, he ran in the Topham last season and got a bit scared.

“The trip was a worry, but he’s very tough. If he was going to stay three miles, it was going to be here.

“This could be his trip as he relaxes a lot more now during the early part of his races.”

Canyon City pulled clear of his rivals before the final flight to run out an easy winner of the Breeders’ Cup Exclusively Live On At The Races Handicap Hurdle.

Wayne Hutchinson was always happy on the Neil King-trained 9-4 favourite, who quickly put the race to bed to score by 11 lengths.

“He was such a disappointing horse in the second half of last season, but the upside was he dropped down the weights and was well handicapped,” said King.

“He’s a nice, sharp, handy horse – he’s got turn of foot and stayed the two and a half very well.

“He’s in at Fontwell on Wednesday and he’ll go there.”

Harry Reed’s first winner at the Norfolk track could not have been any easier courtesy of Collodi.

The evens favourite, trained by Neil Mulholland, made all and won unchallenged by 22 length in the Racegoers’ Club 50th Anniversary Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Handicap Hurdle.

“He did it nicely. The races he has been running in through the summer have been competitive handicaps and today he was a little bit down in grade,” said the 3lb claimer.

Trainer Conor Dore bought the winner for £10,700 at the subsequent auction for a client.

Nick Littmoden’s Fearsome (5-1) turned over 2-9 hotpot Mon Port to win the Follow At The Races On Twitter Novices’ Hurdle under Jack Quinlan.

The well-backed 6-4 favourite Movie Legend struck for Lucy Wadham and Maxime Tissier in the Watch Today’s Race Replays On attheraces.com Novices’ Hurdle.

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