July 22, 2024


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Evergreen McLernon and Shearer score in opener

Evergreen McLernon and Shearer score in opener

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Richie McLernon admitted that riding a winner on his 36th birthday built him “feel 21 again” soon after placing on the Neil Mulholland-skilled Lord Accord (15-2) on working day two of The Showcase at Cheltenham this afternoon.

The 7 yr outdated arrived for the 888Activity Is Designed To Perform Handicap Chase match just after a pipe opener over hurdles at Worcester last month and he built on a promising amateur campaign very last phrase with a likeable display screen here, placing his rivals to the sword courtesy of a great round of jumping to rating by 4 and a 50 % lengths.

It was a overall performance which delighted McLernon, who feels there could be extra to occur nonetheless from the son of Yeats. He said: “That was quite pleasant and he jumped superbly, almost everything just went to program. Honest play to Neil as he experienced him proper. I was just concentrating on my have lad through to be honest and he was in a wonderful rhythm. He in no way dropped momentum so I was really satisfied with him.

“He’s not had quite a few goes and he’s even now only filling his body, so he could be a wonderful horse to go forward with. I am delighted for the homeowners Lynne and Angus Maclennan as they are extremely wonderful persons and I’m thrilled to get a winner on my birthday! That winner made me truly feel like I was 21 for certain!”

Meanwhile, the winning coach suggested next month’s Coral Gold Cup at Newbury as a achievable goal for his cost. He extra: He’s a great keeping chaser and it helped having the the latest operate below his belt.

“He does jump and continue to be so it is races like the Coral Gold Cup that you really should be aiming for and obtaining a glance at. This horse wouldn’t want it as well soft which is why Newbury may well go well with him. We’ll operate him wherever the ground is great.”

The opening race was the 888Activity Novices’ Hurdle in excess of three miles, which observed the Paul Nicholls-qualifiedShearer (100-30) comply with up a recent gain at Worcester.

The son of Flemensfirth was named immediately after the footballing celebrity by Blackburn Rovers enthusiast and owner Max McNeill and he amazed with his capacity to strike the again of the web listed here, battling to the line properly to gain by a size and a 50 % soon after leaping the last flight guiding the runner-up Twig.

And Nicholls admitted just after the race he may now change his options with Shearer, who was at first pencilled in for novice chasing this term. He mentioned: “That was a delight to gain two with him – he’s enhanced a little bit and strengthened up so it is just the career. He experienced sore shins final calendar year which were participating in up all the time but he’s obtained around that and he’s a much greater horse now.

“I was rather confident heading to the final as he generally retains a bit in the tank and Adrian was usually heading to get there late. He’s won a few of his past 4 now so he’s acquiring there, the horse was usually just a little bit experienced and he’s desired the time he’s had – ideally he can retain on strengthening.

“We usually considered a lot of him when he begun off as a child and Max (McNeill, proprietor) wanted to call a excellent just one Shearer. Contact wooden it is long gone okay so far! We ended up likely to go chasing with him but he’s a novice more than hurdles right up until 1st December so we may possibly glimpse to a hurdle race and put chasing back again for a even though, there’s no hurry.”

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