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Wed 28 Sep 2022
WINNER 112 OF 2022: MORDRED, trained by Milton Harris and ridden by Mitchell Bastyan: The feature 'Paxtons Are CaseIHS No.1 UK & ROI Dealer Handicap Chase' over 2m 1f at Sedgefield.
A winner over hurdles at Plumpton 9 days ago, Milton declared him to make his chasing debut in this feature race at Sedgefield, with Mitch back in the saddle.
Held up, he had a bumpy start, getting squeezed at the first fence, but it didn't faze him and he continued to track the leaders. Coming to the 7th fence, as those in front made errors, he was left in the lead. Making a few novicey errors, as he was entitled to, he was then headed, but led again after 3 out. Mitch asked him to keep his momentum approaching the last - he gave it a good jump and was ridden out, to win by 3 and a 1/4 lengths.
"It's going to be Mordred, who makes a successful start over fences." Watch the full race replay here: https://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Sedgefield/27-September-2022/1520
Sadly, there was no Sky Sports Racing interview with Mitch after the race. Timeform rated it as 100+ performance, saying: "Hails from a yard in rude health (3-timer on this card took its tally in September to 10 wins from 25 runners) and he created a good impression in making this winning start over fences; raced in third early, travelled sweetly, jumped on seventh, headed ninth (not fluent there and next), led again leaving back straight, asserted run-in; seems sure to progress and win more races.”
See the official photo gallery, when uploaded, here: https://www.grossick.co.uk/p/80532khg/C245195204/sedgefield
In the next race on the card, we saw GENEVER DRAGON just pipped on the line in the Class 4 hurdle, putting in a career best. TOTHENINES also ran well, taking 3rd up at Ayr - all adding to a good win and place strike rate.
Syndicate manager Tim says: "Congratulations to his owners and well done to Milton on his treble at Sedgefield yesterday. He really has done a superb job with Mordred's campaign. Since he was purchased at the Tattersalls HIT sale (for 16,000gns) he has won two Conditions races and was 2nd in a Local Group 2 on the snow in St Moritz, at their annual 'White Turf' festival. This season, he has won over hurdles and now on chase debut. That's a diverse and very rewarding CV, with £46,000 of prize money won so far for his owners. So, it was fitting that Mordred's feature race win, took us over £2,000,000 of race prize money won this year - the records keep coming in 2022 for MPR and we couldn't be more delighted with how succesful the year has been...so far! Of course we have an exciting weekend ahead at ParisLongchamp, with The Platinum Queen confirmed for the Group1 Prix de L'Abbaye this morning and most of her syndicate (of 18) going over for a fabulous weekend, at the top table of racehorse ownership."
We have just added a new horse with Milton! See his share details here: MULLINAREE