Seventh Sign wins on debut over timber

Wed 16th Jan 2013, 14:24

photoSeventh Sign
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Seventh Sign made a pleasing debut for Alan King in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Juvenile Hurdle as Newbury managed to beat the frost.

The infield remained white, but thankfully the ground covers revealed a strip of green as the 7/4 favourite had his first taste of jumping after a successful spell in staying handicaps for Tommy Carmody in Ireland.

Seventh Sign looked to have the event in the bag despite some slightly laboured efforts over the flights in the home straight, but a belated challenge from equally promising newcomer Veauce De Sivola saw him finish just a nose adrift.

King said: "We gelded him in December and it has been the making of him.

"He was only just ready, but I wanted to get him out with the weather that's about at the moment.

"He should be a bit sharper for the experience."

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There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.

THE IRISH TIMES