Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kid Recovers from Shock

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kid Recovers from Shock

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KID Cassidy did enough at Sandown to satisfy trainer Nicky Henderson - despite coming unstuck against Hildisvini on his first outing since a distressing experience in the Newbury parade ring a fortnight ago.

Kid Cassidy avoided the fate of Fenix Two and Marching Song, both killed by an electric shock the Saturday before last, but was one of two others to have been affected by the now-infamous cable and was withdrawn from that race when running very freely to the start.

Henderson would have preferred the horse not to have been beaten at odds of 8-11 in the Richard O'Sullivan 40th Birthday "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle, but foremost in his mind was getting him settled back into the job.

This was evidenced by the fiveyear-old being accompanied to the start by a pony.

He may well have bumped into a good one, in any case, as Hildisvini (17-2) is unbeaten for Charlie Longsdon since arriving from Ireland. Kid Cassidy rather fought against Tony McCoy at points during the two-mile event.

The jockey was still holding on tightly as he jumped the last alongside his rival, who was ridden more vehemently by Felix de Giles and quickened two and a half lengths clear on the run-in.

"I'm sorry he didn't win, but delighted with him," said Henderson.

"He needs to relax a bit in the race but the main thing was to get him to the start nice and calm. He won't be going to Cheltenham."

Of the winner, Longsdon said: "He has won two out of two for me and we thought this race would suit as he wants two and a half miles, but it's very soft out there.

"I've no plans, he's a real long-term project - a soft-ground three-mile chaser in the future."

Henderson still managed to collect the feature Carling "Made With 100% British Barley" Novices' Chase when Georgio Quercus was given the prize in the stewards' room after Dan Breen passed the post narrowly in front.

David Pipe's Dan Breen (15-8) set off in front with serious intent and was still in front at the last, but Tom Scudamore's mount seemed to take his eye off the ball and Giorgio Quercus (11-4) chased him down.

Dan Breen drifted to the right, with Scudamore carrying his whip in the left hand, coming across Barry Geraghty close home, and the officials decided to reverse the placings in their inquiry. …

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