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Syder enjoys Kempton double

Tim Syder has enjoyed a successful season with his horses in the Oliver Sherwood and Emma Lavelle stables.

Each trainer was able to repay his patronage by winning with a couple of the owner's lesser lights at Kempton.

The Syder red and white checks have been seen to good effect by the Sherwood pair Deputy Dan and Puffin Billy, who arrived at the same time as slower-learner Bertie's Desire.

The 9/4 favourite ended a frustrating period over fences at Huntingdon last month and gamely defied a 10lb rise under Grand National-winning pilot Leighton Aspell in the Sika-Trocal Flexible Novices' Handicap Chase.

"We bought three one year, Puffin Billy, Deputy Dan and this horse," said Syder. "Ironically, I think he cost just as much as the other two."

Sherwood said: "Puffin Billy and Deputy Dan will go chasing next season but are hanging on with me until the Lambourn Open Day on Friday, where we've also got Kauto Star on show this year.

"I'm very pleased for Mr Syder. I've a mind to put him away until the autumn now so he can strengthen up a bit more."

Syder has useful staying prospect Le Bec to look forward to next autumn at the Lavelle yard, and should have some more imminent fun with The Last Night.

The giant chestnut was fired into many of the fences of the Sika Liquid Plastics Seamless Handicap Chase by Aidan Coleman and held on by half a length from Sands Cove at the line.

Clerk of the course Barney Clifford reminded Syder that the 3/1 chance could take in a valuable two-mile event on May 5, and Syder was tempted.

The owner said: "He had a breathing operation earlier in the year and has been waiting for the better ground."

Miss Ballantyne (13/2) looks set to join Richard Kelvin-Hughes' breeding operation after rallying for the middle leg of a Barry Geraghty treble in the Sika Sarnafil Leaders Handicap Chase.

"She has won over hurdles and fences and has a good pedigree, so job done," said trainer Nicky Henderson. "She'll go to Kayf Tara."

Henderson also combined with the Irishman as Cocktails At Dawn (5/4 favourite) hosed up in the Tor Coatings Liquid Waterproofing Handicap Hurdle.

"This will be a lovely chaser next autumn," said the trainer. "I'm sure he can do that again somewhere first."

He holds entries at Haydock on Saturday and Chepstow on Monday.

Geraghty made the most of a useful spare on Donald McCain's Desoto County (4/7 favourite), who was always doing just enough to maintain his consistent sequence in the Marley Eternit "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

"He was a bit green and was idling, but he's a nice sort," said Geraghty.

Boogie In The Barn is not the most straightforward of rides but Nick Scholfield helped the 2/1 chance repeat his course and distance victory back in February in the Klober Roofing Accessories Novices' Hurdle.

Trainer Jeremy Scott said: "I wouldn't say he's particularly quirky but he is improving with racing and a hood has helped. I'd like to fit in one more (race) while he's still a novice."