Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Harding Double Follows Blow to Venetia

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Harding Double Follows Blow to Venetia

Article excerpt

Brian Harding gained his first winners at Kempton Park yesterday as he landed an 11-1 double on a bitter-sweet afternoon for trainer Venetia Williams.

Harding partnered the Ferdy Murphy-trained Tribal Venture to a four-length success in the Up And Coming Novices' Chase and then came in for a winning spare ride on Schuh Shine, who took the CiSTM Racing Club Novices' Handicap Chase by a length and a half.

That success came at the expense of Williams' stable jockey Sam Thomas, who had earlier injured his wrist when Thesis suffered a fatal fall at the second-last in the HBLB Handicap Hurdle.

"He's injured it, but we are not sure to what extent," said Williams. "We think it might just be a sprain, but he's having it X-rayed.

"Sadly, we lost Thesis. The vet said he broke his neck when he went down."

Thesis put up his best performance when landing the valuable Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle at Ascot just over a year ago.

Schuh Shine (15-8) eased the pain a little for the Hereford handler, who added: "All he's done is repeat what he did at Southwell when winning last Monday. …

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