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Sting goes one better

28-December-2019 13:41
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by Admin

Just A Sting delivered a timely Christmas present for the yard with a narrow success in the valuable Ladbrokes Handicap Chase at Kempton on Thursday.

With four horses in with a chance at the last fence it was always going to be tight and he dug deep on the run in to hold the late charge of Quarenta by a short head.

Our jockey Sean Bowen was struggling with flu over the holiday period but you would not have known it as he all but lifted Just A Sting over the line in a power packed finish.

Just A Sting was second in this race a year ago before rather losing his way afterwards. He then made a promising return when fourth in the Badger Ales Chase at Wincanton though he would would have gone close but for mistakes at three of the last four fences.

This time his jumping was much better as he provided timely compensation for his owners Nigel and Barbara Collison after their useful staying chaser Acting Lass was just beaten in a valuable race at Ascot on Saturday.

Cheek pieces have definitely brought about a bit of improvement in Just A Sting and made Sean’s life a touch easier because he is a horse who takes a bit of motivating.

While the ground was softer then ideal for him at Kempton he was able to cope with it and he could return to the same track on February 22 for the 888Sport Handicap Chase which we won with Opening Batsman a few years ago.

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