Mixed day for McCain
Bit Of A Jig amd Baltimoar won for Donald McCain at Carlisle on Thursday but his Super Duty met with a surprise defeat.
Bit Of A Jig (15-8 favourite) looks the sort to provide plenty of fun for Let's Live Racing, progressing from two Irish point-to-point outings to take the Wheatsheaf Inn Egremont Novices' Hurdle with plenty in hand.
Mark Ball, who runs the syndicate, said: "We wanted to have a horse with Donald and he said he had one that he had bought from Brightwells.
"I went to look at him and liked him. He was bought as a three-mile chaser and Jason Maguire said he does jump like a chaser.
"Jason said he might want better ground, but he keeps on galloping and I imagine Donald will tip away before going chasing next season."
Ball revealed there is still a share left in the Alderbrook gelding, while he is particularly excited about the prospects of the mare Forever Present, who is in training with Nicky Henderson.
Super Duty, second to Henderson's superstar Simonsig over hurdles, went off the 11-10 favourite for the Solway Holiday Village Beginners' Chase but could never quite cope with Bury Parade (5-1), a fine sort for Hawick trainer George Bewley.
Baltimoar (4-5 favourite) closed a productive day for McCain by claiming the Ellenborough Social Club Standard Open NH Flat Race.
Another of the Hawick brigade, Willie Amos, produced a terrific training performance to bring Oil Burner back from an absence of almost 650 days in the Chipping Racing Club Handicap Chase.
The giant seven-year-old was not unfancied at 11-4, but had been off games since a nasty incident in a hurdle at Newcastle in early 2011.
He was hunted around by Brian Harding for much of the two and a half miles but found himself with a winning chance at the second-last and stayed on a length and a quarter too strongly for the well-backed Bertie Milan.
"He's over 17 hands and was bred for a fence," said Amos.
"When he was brought down at Newcastle he was knocked out for a little while, and then he got a wee touch of a leg.
"We had him back in last year but he's a top-heavy horse and I thought he needed some more time.
"He might even be better over three miles the other way round, and we'll just keep an eye on him for a little while and be wary of the 'bounce' factor."
Barbara Butterworth's Knight Valliant (14-1) came back to form under the trainer's daughter Lizzie in the Countryside Family Raceday On 4th November Handicap Hurdle.
Rebel Swing (14-1) displayed a few wayward tendencies during the Lloyd Ltd Handicap Chase but Ryan Mania eventually pushed him clear while Richard Johnson was at his very best to get Richard Newland's Ahyaknowyerself up as 7-4 favourite in the Throstles Nest Wigton Intermediate Handicap Hurdle.
Conditional jockey Jonathan England was handed a 10-day ban by the stewards for the ride he gave Kent Street who finished fifth in the race won by Bury Parade.
England was found guilty of breaching Rule (B)59.4 for failing to obtain the best possible position. He will miss November 8-17 inclusive.