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Harry Cobden reaches 500-winner landmark at Uttoxeter

Harry Cobden reached the career landmark of 500 British jumps winners on Vision Des Flos at Uttoxeter.

Cobden, stable jockey for multiple champion trainer Paul Nicholls, has passed the milestone at the age of 22 – having begun his career in 2015 when he rode two winners and a runner-up in his first three races.

Since then, he has made a remarkable rise through the ranks at a young age – registering his first Grade One success on Irving for Nicholls in the 2016 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Cobden was crowned champion conditional jockey at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, while the following year he landed his first Cheltenham Festival success aboard the Colin Tizzard-trained Kilbricken Storm in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Further career highlights to date include winning the 2018 King George VI Chase at Kempton aboard Nicholls’ Clan Des Obeaux – who also provided him with his most recent top-level victory in the Betway Bowl at Aintree in April.

He kept things simple on Tizzard’s Vision Des Flos, leading from an early stage in a field of just three for the Bresbet Foundation Handicap Chase and then seeing off the determined challenge of Zoffee in the straight to win by two and a quarter lengths as the 5-4 favourite.

Reflecting on his achievement, Cobden told Sky Sports Racing: “I’m obviously very pleased … it’s great to do it.

“I’m only 22, so it’s happened quite quickly.”

At the suggestion he could therefore maybe even one day overhaul the great winning statistics of multiple champions Richard Johnson and Sir Anthony McCoy, he said: “I’m not sure I’ll be carrying on as long as Dicky – but I’ll have a good go anyway.

“I’m fortunate that I’ve got plenty of good people with good horses to ride – and hopefully, long may it continue.”

As for Vision Des Flos’ return to winning form, he added: “I think the last time I rode him (two and a half years ago) he finished second to Buveur D’Air at Sandown, beaten two lengths in a decent hurdle race.

“He’s obviously dropped back in class, but it’s nice to get a win with him again.”
Nicholls’ assistant Harry Derham was among those to voice their congratulations.

Derham wrote on Twitter: “A brilliant achievement for a man as young as Harry to have ridden his 500th winner of his career at Uttoxeter today, I have no doubt there will be many many more to come.”

Miranda blossoms in Yorkshire Rose heat

Miranda enjoyed returning to a galloping track to take the Grade Two honours in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle at Doncaster.

Only fourth on a sharper track at Musselburgh, the Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old was much more at home on Town Moor’s wide-open spaces and put that to good effect to see off the opposition in style.

The early pace was set by Sopat until Nico De Boinville made his move at the top of the straight on Floressa to ensure a decent end-of-race test.

However, Miranda (3-1) was soon in his slipstream and, leading approaching the final flight, she stuck to her task well to score by four and a quarter lengths from Floressa in the hands of Harry Cobden.

The pair drew 18 lengths clear of the staying-on Marie’s Rock in third place.

“She’s been a consistent mare and obviously the weights there were quite favourable,” said Nicholls’ assistant Harry Derham.

“Last time we thought she was just flat out round Musselburgh, but today a big, galloping track and slower ground suited her absolutely perfectly. She’s done it really nicely.

“It’s important for those nice mares to get some black type and a Grade Two win like that is great for her. And it’s fantastic for the Owners Group.”

Miranda could run next in the Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on February 20.

“If the ground is soft, we might run her in the Kingwell Hurdle,” said Derham.

Whether Miranda will run at the Cheltenham Festival is up in the air.

“Whether or not she’ll go the Festival, I’m not sure,” he added.

Stratagem too good for Doncaster rivals

Stratagem followed in his half-brother Ziga Boy’s hoofprints when getting off the mark over fences in highly-promising style at Doncaster.

Ziga Boy loved the Town Moor track, winning three times from four starts, including their winter feature, the Sky Bet Handicap Chase, in 2016 and 2017.

That race may well be a target in the future for Stratagem after the Paul Nicholls-trained grey made it third time lucky over the bigger obstacles in the Sky Bet Beginners’ Chase.

The five-year-old had shaped well on his chasing debut when a close second at Warwick, but he blotted his copybook when unseating Harry Cobden at the first fence at Plumpton.

He made amends in tremendous fashion as he put his two rivals to the sword. Relishing the step up to two and a half miles with a competent round of jumping, Stratagem (5-4 favourite) came home five lengths clear of Ballymoy with Minella Trump 34 lengths away last of the three.

“That was good. I don’t know what happened at Plumpton. He just lost his concentration or something for, as you could see today, he’s a good jumper,” said Nicholls’ assistant, Harry Derham.

“The two and a half miles suited him well and he’s a lovely young horse for the future.

“This horse had some nice hurdles form, but chasing was always going to be his game. I would imagine there’ll be plenty more to come. He’s a young horse with not many miles on the clock.

“I’ve no doubt that eventually he’ll be a smart three-mile chaser.”

Ben Case enjoyed a 100 per cent strike rate with The Golden Rebel and Shanty Alley giving the Edgcote trainer a 126-1 double.

The Golden Rebel ran his rivals ragged in the Sky Bet Extra Place Races Every Day Maiden Hurdle.

The seven-year-old was making his debut under rules for Case, but put his experience in the point-to-pointing field to good use.

Amateur rider Jack Andrews able to dictate affairs from the start of the two-mile-five-furlong event and was never troubled as The Golden Rebel (33-1) struck by 29 lengths from Valsheda.

“That was very nice. He’s only been with me a couple of weeks,” said Case.

“I think they’ll be a few horses like him who can’t go pointing. Julie Wadland sent him to me and said he was quite a nice horse.

“I thought he’d run well, but I was surprised to see him win like that.

“I don’t know a huge amount about the horse, but he looked very straightforward and obviously he’s had a bit of experience.”

Front-runners held sway during the afternoon and Shanty Alley (11-4 favourite) showed the way in the Play ITV7 Tonight Novices’ Handicap Chase.

The seven-year-old backed up his 26-length romp at Uttoxeter last month with another dominant display.

The three-and-a-quarter-mile trip was no problem as he crossed the line 12 lengths ahead of Big Nasty under 3lb claimer Bryan Carver.

Case said: “He had a fall at Southwell last year and it probably did him the world of good. He would have won but he fell three out going well. He’s learnt what to do now and we have learned how to ride him as well.

“He did it well last time and again today. He’s an improving horse and he’s only seven.

“He stays well and is a proper staying chaser. The handicapper will probably put him up a few more pounds, but I won’t run him under a penalty.”

Solwara One (11-2) looked a bright prospect when making a winning debut over jumps in the Sky Bet Britain’s Most Popular Online Bookmaker Novices’ Hurdle.

Leading between the final two flights, Neil Mulholland’s seven-year-old went on to score by five and a half lengths from long-time leader L’Incorrigible under James Best.

“That was the first time I’ve sat on that lad – he looks a really nice animal,” said Best.

Uisce Ur (12-1) put up a game display when she made virtually all the running over the extended three miles in the Sky Bet Request A Bet Training Series Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

Luca Morgan had the Ben Pauling-trained nine-year-old in the van throughout and the mare found extra in the closing stages when strongly challenged by Calarules to score by three-quarters of a length.

“It was the right race for her. She stays all day. She got to the front and she set good fractions and kept finding all the way up the straight,” said Pauling.

Morgan had mixed fortunes, being banned for seven days for using his whip above the permitted level on third-placed Ange Endormi in the concluding bumper won by the Nicky Henderson-trained newcomer Wiseguy (10-11 favourite) in the hands of Nico de Boinville.

Alison Johnson, the rider of Luduamf, who finished 11th of 18 in the conditional jockeys’ event, was banned for 10 days for failing to obtain the best possible placing.

Lily Of Leysbourne (12-1) overcame a 767-day absence to win the Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.

The Fergal O’Brien-trained mare, ridden by Paddy Brennan, collared the pace-setting Hawthorn Cottage to win by seven and a half lengths.

Hawthorn Cottage was disqualified from second place as her rider, Lucky K Barry, failed to weigh in. Barry was banned for seven days.