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Horse Racing: Wade edges closer to landmark.

TRAINER John Wade left himself tantalisingly close to his target of pounds 100,000 prize money for the campaign as Ryminster got up close home in the Handicap Chase at Newcastle.

The 9-2 joint-favourite was only fourth at the final fence, about six lengths adrift of the leader Ocarina who held a two-and-a-half-length lead.

He was being ridden along too, but kept responding for Brian Hughes and collared Ocarina in the last few strides to score by half-alength.

Wade, who also owns and bred Ryminster, said: "We are only about pounds 1,300 short now. Brian said he was going to hold the horse up this time and come as late as possible and he gave him a super ride."

Czech-born Jakub Kocman punched the air in delight as Bonnie Rock gave him the first success of his career on only his second ride in Britain in the Saltwell Signs Conditional Jockeys' Mares Only Handicap Hurdle.

The 9-2 joint-favourite was on a hat-trick mission and after striking the front three out she kept up the gallop to beat Mini Minster by a comfortable length.

Stravaigin had not had much luck on his recent appearances, but backed from 20-1 to 12-1 he put in a clear round and snatched the Guinness Handicap Hurdle out of the fire in the hands of Richard McGrath, who gave up his two remaining rides because he felt unwell.

Winning trainer Jim Goldie said: "Stravaigin had an argument with a fence at Ayr on his last run but one, so we put him back over hurdles last time but he got bogged down in the mud back at Ayr."

Shane Byrne, who rode 11 winners as an amateur, gained his first success

as a conditional when giving the Sue Smith-trained Mill Side a good ride to win the St. James Place Novices' Hurdle.


ROCK SOLID: Jakbub Kocman brings home Bonnie Rock to win at Newcastle yesterday
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2008
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