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Horse Racing: Moore finds it costly to hold on to Grasp; FONTWELL.

Byline: by Lee Mottershead

GARY MOORE, successful in the opening novice hurdle with Enthusias, made it a double when Grasp scored an extremely easy success in the selling hurdle.

But there was a sting in the tail for the winning trainer as he was forced to go to 9,500gns to retain the five-year-old.

While the race was worse than moderate, the winner had run well in handicaps last season, and is evidently considered better than a plater.

"I'm going to need a drink after that," said Moore when asked if he fancied a tipple following the post-race auction, at which Laura Mongan had been keen to grasp Grasp from Moore's clutches.

Unfortunately for Moore, who also owns half of Grasp, the pounds 1,951.80 picked up for the win is less than the pounds 2,001.50 that will be removed from the relevant Weatherbys accounts as a result of auctioneer Andrew Elliott's efforts. Even more expense beckons as Grasp will also now be given a wind operation.

Cresswell Willow did not need an operation after her previous start at Uttoxeter but she might have required smelling salts, having done the splits following a post-fence slip.

Fully recovered, she landed the 2m6f handicap chase under Timmy Murphy, much to the delight of trainer Keith Goldsworthy, who said: "People dismissed her after what happened at Uttoxeter, but it wasn't her fault, and she's set the record straight now. She'll carry on through the summer, and we'll see where she takes us."

Willandrich had taken his connections into the winner's enclosure at Southwell on Sunday and he did the same again after completing his second success in three days in the 2m4f handicap hurdle.

Mistified had taken his connections into plenty of winner's enclosures prior to the 2m61/2f handicap hurdle, but never after actually winning a race.

However, after 13 placed efforts he finally got off the mark for Seamus Mullins and Wayne Kavanagh with a well-deserved triumph.

Owyn Nelmes was banned for one day (June 16) after picking up a careless riding suspension on Lagan Legend in the finale, while Richard Killoran was taken to hospital with a bloody face following a nasty fall from Upham Lord in Cresswell Willow's race.

Star performance

Auctioneer Andrew Elliott was on sparkling form, forcing Grasp's price up to 9,500gns at the post-race auction. Grasp's trainer Gary Moore was probably not as impressed
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 7, 2007
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