Walk In The Mill strolls to Wincanton win for Robert Walford

Sat 7 Jan 2017

Walk In The Mill continued his progression with an easy win in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap Chase at a foggy Wincanton.

Trained by Robert Walford, Walk In The Mill had been raised 5lb after winning at Exeter but now looks set for another rise in grade.

Quite what happened during the race itself is unclear as it was run at a time when the fog was at its worst but by the time they came into view, Fox Appeal was still in the mix.

He came down three out, though, and Walk In The Mill (9-2) was left to come home 22 lengths clear of Orbasaunder James Best.

"Who knows what would have happened if Fox Appeal had stood up," said Walford.

"The two jocks said they were a long way clear when he (Fox Appeal) fell, but we've no way of knowing.

"He's a lovely horse who we expected to run well, we'll just have to see what the handicapper does.

"If he takes it literally he might give us a massive hike, but if the other horse hadn't fallen he might have only won a couple of lengths.

"Without knowing what he's going to do, we can't really make any plans."

Tom George was out of luck in the feature race with Some Buckle but did leave with a double.

Wild West Wind (4-1 co-favourite) never looked like being caught in the Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Chase as he saw offPilgrims Bay by 12 lengths.

Kk Lexion (6-1) provided George and Adrian Heskin with a double in the Bathwick Tyres Poole Handicap Hurdle.

Fortunate George briefly slipped the field turning into the straight and Heskin had to shake his mount up. H e was soon on terms, though, and ended up pulling 10 lengths clear.

Daryl Jacob had a near-miss with Midnight Jazz in the Listed race for mares at Sandown, but he hot-footed it down south and was rewarded with a winner.

Riding 5-2 joint-favourite Catamaran Du Seuil in the closing novices' hurdle, it was no wonder he made the journey as the winner looks promising.

Now with Dr Richard Newland having run over fences in France, he looked above-average in pulling five lengths clear of fellow market leader Anchor Man.

Paul Moloney pulled an unlikely victory out of the fire on Evan Williams' New Republic (14-1) in the Bathwick Tyres Salisbury Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

Lillington looked sure to give Colin Tizzard another winner, but Moloney drove his mount up against the rail to win by a length and a quarter.

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