Morrison’s Plumpton jaunt bears fruit

Third Wind walks in after his surprise win in the Silly Moo Sussex Cider Maiden Hurdle at Plumpton

Hughie Morrison left with more than he bargained for on a rare visit to Plumpton as Third Wind made a winning return to action in the Silly Moo Sussex Cider Maiden Hurdle.

Arriving at the Sussex track more in hope than expectation, the East Ilsley trainer had a pleasant surprise when the four-year-old defied his 40-1 starting price as a four-length winner of the extended two-and-a-half-mile opener under Tom O’Brien.

“We came here for a day out, and with zero expectations,” said Morrison.

“We thought he was okay, because he ran quite well in a bumper last year. He was disappointing at Warwick (in April), and something was amiss that day.

“It is well done to everybody at home. I have to say Henrietta Knight did a fantastic job schooling him. We send them there to learn their job – we Flat trainers use a specialist when we can!”

The big disappointment in the race was Champion Bumper fourth Acey Milan, who suffered his second odds-on defeat over hurdles as he finished back in fifth.

Trainer Anthony Honeyball said: “We will check him out on Wednesday. He jumped immaculately, and travelled well.

“(But) he gradually emptied going down the hill, so there is something amiss. We are hoping we have still got the dream alive, and that he is a Graded race horse.”

Professor Caroline Tisdall has been persistent in her pursuit of bloodstock agent Tom Malone to find her a potential star – and the David Pipe-trained Eden Du Houx could well be that, after running out a two-length winner in the concluding National Hunt Flat race.

“I’m so lucky to have him,” said the happy owner.

“I’ve been going on to Tom Malone to get me a proper horse for ages, and he came up with this one.

“He sent this to David’s and said it is for Caroline. That’s what we wanted and hoped he would do.”

Winning jockey Tom Scudamore said of the 6-4 winner: “He had the experience from running in a point-to-point – but the way he has gone and done that was nice and professional.

“We knew he would handle that ground, and he had been pleasing me at home.”

Tom Symonds ended his 221-day wait for a winner when Royal Claret (4-5) showed an abundance of stamina to take the Tysers’ Mares’ Handicap Hurdle by 10 lengths.

The Herefordshire trainer was not in attendance, but later said: “Royal Claret ran well at Chepstow (last time) but just bumped into one.

“She hated the track but still won because she had conditions to suit. We won this five years ago with Tweedledrum, and she was very much like this mare.

“She is the kind of filly that will keep improving. She has always been a tough mare, and we hope it’s onwards and upwards.”

The colours of former Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster were carried to victory by the David Bridgwater-trained The Tin Miner (20-1) in the Tysers Handicap Chase.

Simon and Liz Hunt’s gelding claimed the extended three-mile-one-furlong contest by eight lengths.

Winning jockey Tom Cannon said: “I’ve ridden him three times before, and I’ve fallen and been unseated – so it is nice to repay David Bridgwater and the owners.

“That last run just blew the cobwebs out, and I was on the right horse on the right day. It was not the plan to make the running, because he is not a natural front-runner, but he jumped the first two well and got into a good rhythm.”