Duff makes Murphy trek worthwhile; TOWCESTER.
FERDY MURPHY made the 368-mile round trip from his North Yorkshire yard to see Carry Duff and Graham Lee take the 3m handicap chase at the expense of Acertack.
Murphy said: "I don't mind travelling as long as you get a winner and this fellow has bounced off that ground. He will be going to the Doncaster sales next week on the back of this win."
David Pipe's Calaas proved the answer to the bumper as he took the initiative over a furlong out and was soon in command to beat Run Forest Run under Tom Scudamore.
The winner sported the colours of Pipe's father Martin, and Scudamore joked: "At least that should keep the owner happy! He has gone about his business well in the end and should come on for it."
Thenameescapesme, partnered by Tony McCoy, shrugged off an extended absence from racecourse duty to narrowly land the 2m handicap hurdle from Midnight Spirit.
Jamie Jenkinson, aboard the runner-up, was suspended for five days (May 26-30) for excessive use of his stick in the closing stages.
Back Nine showed plenty of tenacity to land the featured hunter chase