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Bulkov makes all as we double up at Sedgefield

22nd February 2018

Finch Porter Partnership’s promising six year old Bulkov (11/8) chalked up his second novice hurdle success of the season under a well judged front running ride from our lady amateur Becky Smith at Sedgefield today.

The French bred, pictured above, had enjoyed similar tactics when losing his maiden tag over the same course and distance back in November, and he defied his penalty for that win in impressive fashion here.

Becks had been widely praised for her aggressive ride on Bulkov when he was just touched off by Black Art on his sole handicap start last month, and she again gave a polished performance aboard the Zambezi Sun gelding, riding him clear on the run down to the final flight as he ran on strongly to beat odds on favourite Bal De Rio by nine lengths with the rest of the field well strung out behind.

“It’s always a bit special to have a winner on a horse I ride every day at home,” said Becks, who was partnering the 19th winner of her blossoming career in the saddle, six of which have come during the current jumps season. “As ever I’m so grateful to Micky and the owners for having faith in me.”

We think a fair bit of Bulkov, who’s going to make a cracking two mile chaser in time, but he’s not doing too badly for himself over timber at the minute and we’re in no hurry with him.

Later on the card, Littlethorpe Park Racing’s Strait Run (11/1) held off the fast finishing Dark And Dangerous to win the 2m1f handicap hurdle in the hands of Joe Colliver.

It was the seven year old’s first win over jumps at the eighteenth attempt and he was racing from 8lbs out of the handicap, but he showed the benefit of his Catterick reappearance to run out a ready winner, wearing down Nautical Twilight on the long run to the last and keeping on well to score by three and a half lengths.

It’s more than four years since the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding won a maiden on only his second start for Richard Hannon so he was hardly winning out of turn here, nearly all of his best hurdles runs have come at Sedgefield so he’s likely to going back there again in the not too distant future.

Roxyfet (above) ran his usual solid race under top weight in the two mile handicap chase but he was no match for Frankie Ballou, who won by a comfortable three lengths, while Paddling also filled the runner up spot but was beaten a long way by the impressive Instant Replay in the 2m5f novices’ handicap chase.

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