Theclockisticking strikes for Stuart Edmunds at Huntingdon

Tue 14 Nov 2017

Stuart Edmunds may not have the ammunition enjoyed by others but he appears to have a smart individual in Theclockisticking judging by his impressive success at Huntingdon.

Having bolted up at Fakenham last time out, the five-year-old earned a quote of 66-1 with Paddy Power for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after running out a 10-length winner of the Read Noel Fehily At 188Bet Novices' Hurdle.

Edmunds said of the 15-8 chance: "He looks a proper horse. He should not be quick enough over two miles on his pedigree. I think he will improve with a step up in trip but why do that at this stage?"

He went on: "Under a penalty is always very difficult and you don't know what he beat last time, although he was visually impressive. He shows nothing at home and I ride him as he is as quiet as an old hack.

"I was half-tempted to go to Cheltenham this weekend but I decided to keep my feet on the floor. I don't want to run under a double penalty so we will have to go somewhere smart."

Jockey Matt Griffiths is unlikely to question the motives of trainer Jeremy Scott again after Unison (33-1) claimed a surprise four-and-a-half-length success in the Molson Coors Michaelmas Handicap Hurdle.

Griffiths said: "To be fair, we rated him a lot at home and he has run well but he doesn't normally stay. I thought Jeremy had made the wrong call coming here instead of Exeter on Wednesday.

"He is a good old horse and has been great to the yard and the owners."

Occasionally Yours showed he still has plenty of enthusiasm left at the age of 13 after gaining a fourth victory at the Cambridgeshire track with a length-and-a-quarter success in the Cheltenham Betting At 188Bet Handicap Hurdle.

Trainer Alan Blackmore said of the 22-1 winner: "He is a lovely old boy and we love him to bits. He seems to love Huntingdon and I am a great believer in horses for courses.

"He is not quite Cool Roxy's class but he gives it his all and he is a joy to train. We might go back to Fakenham in a week's time for a selling handicap hurdle as I don't think anyone will claim a 13-year-old."

After watching Cause Toujours suffer an odds-on reversal in the opener, Dan Skelton ended the afternoon on a brighter note when Mabela (6-1) claimed the concluding bumper by a length and a half.

Skelton said: "She has done really well. She showed a good attitude. I could even just leave her until Aintree in the spring."

Quote of the day

Alan Blackmore on Occasionally Yours: "He is a geriatric horse trained by a geriatric trainer. It is all part of Help the Aged."

Ride of the day

Sean Bowen dictated matters on Cyrname and despite the odd sketchy leap, the up-and-coming rider got the five-year-old into a good rhythm before steering him to a facile success in the novices' limited handicap chase.

Performance of the day

Stuart Edmunds appears to have assembled a useful team this season but the most exciting horse looks to be Theclockisticking, who made it two from two over hurdles with the minimum fuss.

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