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Evergreen McLernon and Shearer rating in opener

Evergreen McLernon and Shearer rating in opener


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Richie McLernon admitted that using a winner on his 36th birthday made him “really feel 21 once more” after hanging on the Neil Mulholland-trained Lord Accord (15-2) on day two of The Showcase at Cheltenham this afternoon.

The seven yr outdated arrived for the 888Sport Is Made To Play Handicap Chase match after a pipe opener over hurdles at Worcester final month and he constructed on a promising novice marketing campaign final time period with a likeable show right here, placing his rivals to the sword courtesy of an ideal spherical of leaping to attain by 4 and a half lengths.

It was a efficiency which delighted McLernon, who feels there could possibly be extra to come back but from the son of Yeats. He stated: “That was very good and he jumped fantastically, all the things simply went to plan. Honest play to Neil as he had him proper. I used to be simply concentrating alone lad all through to be sincere and he was in an important rhythm. He by no means misplaced momentum so I used to be very proud of him.

“He’s not had many goes and he’s nonetheless solely filling his body, so he could possibly be a pleasant horse to go ahead with. I’m delighted for the homeowners Lynne and Angus Maclennan as they’re very good individuals and I’m thrilled to get a winner on my birthday! That winner made me really feel like I used to be 21 for certain!”

In the meantime, the profitable coach urged subsequent month’s Coral Gold Cup at Newbury as a potential goal for his cost. He added: He’s a pleasant staying chaser and it helped having the latest run below his belt.

“He does soar and keep so it’s races just like the Coral Gold Cup that try to be aiming for and taking a look at. This horse wouldn’t need it too smooth which is why Newbury would possibly go well with him. We’ll run him wherever the bottom is sweet.”

The opening race was the 888Sport Novices’ Hurdle over three miles, which noticed the Paul Nicholls-trainedShearer (100-30) comply with up a latest win at Worcester.

The son of Flemensfirth was named after the footballing celebrity by Blackburn Rovers fan and proprietor Max McNeill and he impressed together with his potential to hit the again of the online right here, battling to the road nicely to win by a size and a half after leaping the ultimate flight behind the runner-up Twig.

And Nicholls admitted after the race he could now change his plans with Shearer, who was initially pencilled in for novice chasing this time period. He stated: “That was a delight to win two with him – he’s improved a bit and strengthened up so it’s simply the job. He had sore shins final yr which had been taking part in up on a regular basis however he’s received over that and he’s a a lot better horse now.

“I used to be pretty assured going to the final as he often retains a bit within the tank and Adrian was at all times going to reach late. He’s received three of his final 4 now so he’s getting there, the horse was at all times only a bit mature and he’s wanted the time he’s had – hopefully he can carry on enhancing.

“We at all times thought a whole lot of him when he began off as a child and Max (McNeill, proprietor) needed to name a great one Shearer. Contact wooden it’s gone okay up to now! We had been going to go chasing with him however he’s a novice over hurdles till 1st December so we’d look to a hurdle race and put chasing again for some time, there’s no hurry.”

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