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Horse Racing: Order looks the pick with JP in the 'Money' - twice; TOWCESTER.

Byline: by Gavin Beech

MONEY was the buzz word as JP McManus and amateur rider Alan Berry combined to score with Money Line in the novice chase and Money Order in the bumper - providing a welcome tonic for the owner after the disappointment of Straw Bear at Kempton.

Money would also have been on the mind of the Towcester executives, as a pounds 10 admission fee, rather than the usual free entry, did not deter a bumper crowd.

Money Line is trained by Jonjo O'Neill, now three from three with newcomers at Towcester in recent years. The horse took advantage of his rivals' jumping deficiencies when left clear by the fall of Just For Now at the second-last in an incident-packed 2m6f event.

That looked modest novice-chase form, but the Brendan Powell-trained debutant Money Order, who completed McMa-nus's brace with an emphatic success in the bumper, looks to have a bright future. He powered clear up the hill to make light of the testing conditions.

Money Order completed a double on the card for Powell after Blaze Ahead stayed on best to land the novice handicap hurdle under Mark Bradburne, who gave his mount a canny ride, kicking clear on the turn for home.

Jack Cann has only three horses under Rules, but the Devon trainer saddled Solid As A Rock to his second success at Towcester. Cann's six-year-old took advantage of a drop in class to follow up his bumper win at the track from last season, under Jamie Snowden.

The winning trainer said: "He has been running against horses who are better than him, but this is more his grade and he likes the track, because he won a bumper here."

Glinton marked himself down as a progressive hurdler when defying a penalty for his Market Rasen win with comparative ease in the 2m novice hurdle under Robert Lucey-Butler.

Pam Sly's charge swept to the front approaching the second-last, and the trainer clearly holds the four-year-old in high regard.

She said: "We like him, he's a nice horse. He's a half-brother to Harley, who won twice, and we think he's going the right way, though I don't want to say too much because the handicapper seems to be hammering mine at the moment when they win."

Star performance

Money Order disposed of more-experienced rivals in the bumper in the manner of a horse with a decent future
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 27, 2006
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