Serosevsky wins as Batsman retires
But Sean Bowen never stopped pushing and the horse responded so well that he began to move into contention after the second last and though still four lengths down at the final flight he finished so strongly that he swept into the lead in the nick of time.
It was a highly pleasing success by Serosevsky who needed all of the trip and as a winning pointer could be interesting when we switch his attention to fences next season.
Before then he could run again over hurdles in a long distance handicap at Haydock in May. His owners Brian and Sandy Lambert should certainly have plenty more fun with him.
Opening Batsman, aged 13, was a bit flat on his final racecourse appearance in the feature race of the day but he owes us nothing after a tremendous career which yielded nine victories and over £140,000 for his owners the Twelfth Man Partnership.
He has been a regular at Wincanton over the years and got a great reception from the locals as he cantered back past the stands.
Opening Batsman will stay with us in retirement and there is a chance that I might use him as my hack in the autumn after his summer holiday at grass. Before that happens we will both probably need to lose a bit of weight!
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