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RACING: Hill reaps reward for Longsdon
Oliver's Hill benefited from a change of scenery to open his account at the first time of asking for Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon at Wetherby.
Having shown glimpses of form in a bumper and a novices’ hurdle in Ireland for Colin Bowe, Longsdon step-ped in to purchase the five-year-old.
And the investment paid off as the 7-1 chance came home a length and a quarter clear of Rock A Doodle Doo in a maiden hurdle over an extended two miles under Andrew Tinkler.
The trainer said: “He really wants a lot further and a fence, but it was a great starting run for us and he will only go on from here.”
Meanwhile, Longsdon has scratched Pete The Feat from the Crabbie’s Grand National following his fall in the Betfred Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.
The ten-year-old is instead set to have a confidence-booster over hurdles.