Crabbie’s Grand National heroes Dr Richard Newland and Leighton Aspell were straight back to winning ways at Market Rasen.
Twenty-four hours on from Pineau De Re’s triumph in the world’s greatest steeplechase at Aintree, the trainer, jockey and owner John Provan returned to action in the rather more tranquil surroundings of the Lincolnshire track.
Having hosted the press at his Worcestershire yard in the morning, Newland, accompanied by Provan, arrived by helicopter weighed down by several bottles of champagne.
First to strike for Newland was the Ali Sterling-ridden Dalmo (13-8 favourite), who made just about every yard of the running to land the Racing UK Lady Riders’ Selling Handicap Hurdle in Provan’s white, green and black colours.
“They all count!” said Newland. “I’ve got no voice left now after yesterday and now that one. I thought Ali did really well there.”
Provan said: “They are all sweet. I’ve been drinking champagne on a regular basis since straight after the National, we were even drinking it in the chopper. You could say we were on cloud nine!”
Newland then teamed up with Aspell to take the feature �12,000 Double M Novices’ Chase with Ardkilly Witness.
The 8-11 favourite was second to Smad Place earlier in the season and was a gallant runner-up in the valuable Betfred Masters at Sandown. Another trip to the Esher venue is now on the cards, for the former Whitbread Gold Cup.
“I’d hoped he’d do it like that,” said Newland. “His novice status ends in two months so I wanted him to have one more run against novices as he’ll be in handicaps the rest of his life.
“His target is the bet365 Chase. I’ve only got 12 horses and a lot seem to be staying chasers, but I haven’t specifically looked for them, it’s just how they’ve turned out.”
Aspell had a fall from Newland’s Regal D’Estruval in the Wet Wet Wet Performing 16th August Handicap Chase, but happily both horse and rider emerged none the worse.Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines