Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vet Back on Track

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vet Back on Track

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Veteran Kylkenny rolled back the years to cause a 20-1 shock in the Pontin's Holidays Handicap at freezing Southwell.

Hughie Morrison's 12-year-old failed to land a blow a fortnight ago at the Nottinghamshire track but showed he still has the appetite for racing with a 15th course victory ( much to the relief of connections.

With Frankie Pickard unable to take the mount due to a back injury sustained after a spill on the gallops, Robert Havlin stepped up to the plate to get the teak-tough campaigner home by half-a-length.

"He had a few spasms in his back quarters but I don't really know what went wrong last time," said Morrison's travelling head lad Andrew Dare.

"People were talking about retiring him after that but not on that run."

Jamie Moriarty also came in for a spare winning ride after the 5lb claimer booted My Sara to a five-length success in the pontinsbingo.com Maiden Handicap.

Paul Hanagan is on the sidelines with flu but Moriarty proved an able deputy aboard Richard Fahey's filly, who stretched clear inside the final furlong to cosily repel Bertrada at odds of 12-1. …

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