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3000 NOT OUT; Hills reaches another milestone.

Byline: Garry Owen

BARRY HILLS reached another milestone in his 40-year training career as Chapter And Verse gave the Lambourn handler his 3,000th victory at Pontefract.

Sent off the 4-7 favourite for the opener, Chapter And Verse tracked Shaaridh for much of the mile-andquarter contest - but was pushed along soon after turning for home.

Just as Hills' grey began to get the better of that argument, Mt Kintyre came from behind to challenge the winner.

But that rival hung badly across the course, allowing Chapter And Verse to hold on by a neck under the trainer's son, Michael.

Hills senior took out a training licence in 1969 and saddled his first winner in April of that year with La Dolce Vita at Thirsk.

The 72-year-old has enjoyed countless big-race successes, including 10 Classic victories, on an impressive CV.

He said: "I think we were a little fortunate on this occasion - the second horse has veered to the right - and whether we would have won otherwise is debatable. But a winner's a winner and you need a bit of luck."

The winning jockey added: "It's a fantastic achievement by dad and he's a wonderful trainer."

HOT WELD has been scratched from the Coral Scottish Grand National on April 18 after suffering a bruised heel.

The 10-year-old won the Ayr marathon in 2007, but spent the best part of two years on the sidelines with a leg injury after following up in the Betfred Gold Cup a week later.

After missing this season's Grand National, trainer Ferdy Murphy had hoped to re-route his charge to the Scottish equivalent.

A trip to Aintree in 12 months time is now on the gelding's agenda.

For more information go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 0870- 8505666.

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