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Acting Lass takes starring role at Leicester

Harry Fry Harry Fry continued to reap the rewards for biding his time with Acting Lass after he maintained his unbeaten record over fences in the feature contest at Leicester.
The imposing seven-year-old backed up his debut win over fences at Market Rasen with a length-and-three-quarter success in the Leicester Annual Badge Holders Chase, to set up a potential outing in graded-race company.
Fry said of the 7-4 winner: "He is not the finished article physically, but he is definitely getting there and Noel (Fehily) said he has taken a step forward from Market Rasen."
The trainer went on:"It wasn't ideal being in front, but they weren't going a great gallop and Noel just let his jumping come to the fore.
"He is a nice novice to look forward to and is going the right way into the rest of the season. He will be 145-plus, so we will be looking at graded novices."
Nigel Twiston-Davies hopes he can convince more of those who stay at his holiday cottages to become owners following the victory of stable debutant Mr Antolini for Alan and Sally Coney in the Chieftain Handicap Hurdle.
He said of his 6-1 scorer: "We don't get many horses from other trainers, but it is nice when we do. He has gone up 7lb from Ireland just for coming over here.
"We are chuffed to bits, as they are brand new owners. They took one of our holiday lets, liked what they saw and brought the horse here."
Not Another Muddle showed his victory over the well-regarded Fixe Le Kap at Plumpton was no fluke when running out a two-and-a-quarter-length winner of the Groby Novices' Handicap Chase for trainer Gary Moore.
Rider Jamie Moore said of the 5-4 shot: "The trick to him is you can't hit the front too soon. He hit the front too soon and that is why he pulled up a bit. He will be better on better ground.
"He was a bit keen today as he had horses bumping into him."
The New Pharaoh (8-1) can now boast wins over both codes at the track after making his second start since switching to Laura Morgan a winning one when staying on strongly to take the ROA/Racing Post Owners' Jackpot Novices' Hurdle.
Geoff Williams, husband of joint-owner Anthea Williams, said: "He got a bit tired at Uttoxeter last time, so we dropped him back to just under two miles.
"Jonjo O'Neill gave him a fantastic ride. He got the better ground and I don't think he would have coped if he was the other side."
Performance of the day
There may have only been four go to post in the feature, but there were some useful performers in there, most notably the winner Acting Lass who looks capable at scoring at a higher level.
Ride of the day
Jonjo O'Neill junior may still have plenty to learn, but he used his head when seeking the better ground up the stands rail to get The New Pharaoh home in the novice hurdle.
Quote of the day
Getting the names of connections right is important, but it was the last thing on the mind of Geoff Williams following the victory of The New Pharaoh. He quipped: "I don't mind how you spell it after that!"

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