Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slowfoot Proves He Is Swift Enough for Tony

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slowfoot Proves He Is Swift Enough for Tony

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SLOWFOOT could be in line for a trip to Aintree's Grand National meeting this spring after making a most impressive start to his jumping career at Plumpton under Tony McCoy.

As a seven-year-old the Jim Best-trained gelding is a late starter to the National Hunt game, but placed form in Group company in his native Germany is a measure of his talent.

The 5-2 chance faced a decent test on his British bow in the Compare Prices At Maiden Hurdle, with Keys and Santa's Secret having already shown up well over obstacles, but Slowfoot dispatched of them with the minimum of fuss to leave connections dreaming of bigger and better things.

McCoy cut a confident figure throughout the two-mile contest and although Keys also moved sweetly into the straight under Daryl Jacob, Slowfoot's change of gear from the last flight home sealed a comfortable six-length success.

Best said: "It all went to plan and he's nice type. His form in Germany is okay. We left a bit to work on today as well.

"We'll have to go back and reflect now and think where to go. I suppose you could think of Liverpool (Aintree) or something like that.

"Let's not forget it was his first run over hurdles today and it's not easy for them out there."

McCoy said: "He was good, considering, because he raced a little bit gassy early on.

"He was a little bit fresh and you could tell he hadn't run for over a year.

"He was a little bit green at the hurdles and was having a bit of a look around, but it was a good professional performance he'll only improve for it I would think."

Tom Scudamore enjoyed a double on the afternoon from just two rides, initiating the brace aboard David Bridgwater's 3-1 shot Nomadic Storm in the ATR Prize Rush On Facebook Handicap Chase.

Bridgwater said: "He's always worked well, but he's been at the owner's place on holiday and since he's come back he's been catching pigeons. …

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