Kashmir victory provides Peak
A review of Sunday's card at Market Rasen where Kashmir Peak made a fine impression on a winning debut.
John Quinn has built up a healthy reputation with his juvenile hurdlers over the last couple of seasons and he could have unearthed another talent with Kashmir Peak.
The Tiger Hill gelding was a winner of a handicap on the flat for Ger Lyons in May, and was sent off as the 11/10 favourite for the opening Juvenile Hurdle under Dougie Costello.
Despite travellling keenly in the early stages, he was able to pick off long time leader, Blue Top and was some nine lengths clear of market rival, Don't Take Me Alive at the post.
Evan Williams' was able to secure an across the cards double with Barrakilla.
The well-supported 2/1 shot stuck on stoutly to take the ABF Soldiers Charity Novices' Hurdle.
It looked difficult to split Brass Tax and Alpine Breeze as they passed the post in the Victor Lucas Memorial Novices' Handicap Chase and the judge was unable to do so.
Don Cantillon's charge had been backed down from 9/1 into an SP of 6/1 under Daryl Jacob, but his backers had to settle for a share of the spoils as Alpine Breeze, who almost unseated his rider at the first, joined him on the line.
Prophet De Guye made full use of a drop in class to take the staying handicap chase at odds of 7/2 for trainer James Evans and jockey, Felix de Giles.
Alex Hales has had a quiet start to the season thus far but Farewellatmidnight (5/2) confirmed the impression of a fair reappearance to post her first ever victory away from Fakenham in the penultimate event on the card.
Dark Energy provided a big day for amateur rider, Conor Shoemark. The 5/2 shot tracked the front-running Artisan in the finale and the eight-year-old scored registered a debut success for Fergal O'Brien having previously raced under the tutelage of Michael Scudamore.