Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Tender Touch Pays off for Tracy and Claire

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Tender Touch Pays off for Tracy and Claire

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Byline: By Doug Moscrop

It takes a lady to know one as Longstone Lass demonstrated at Sedgefield yesterday when providing a 25-1 shock in the John Smith's Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle.

The mare is a bit of a madam but obviously appreciates the tender touch of her owner-rider Claire Metcalfe and Spennymoor trainer Tracy Waggott, saddling her first jumping winner.

As a tearaway, she has caused a few problems in the past and when she ran for her previous connections over the course during the summer, she bolted before the start, stood on someone's foot and broke it.

"I told her last owner that if he wanted to get rid I would take her. I knew her when she was with Richard Guest before that and the problem has always been settling her," explained Metcalfe.

The stewards considered the apparent improvement in form of the winner compared with its previous run at Market Rasen, but decided not to hold an enquiry after being told by the trainer that the mare was better suited by the longer trip. …

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