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Jacob marks his return with a winner; WORCESTER.

Byline: by Andrew King

DARYL JACOB made the perfect comeback to the saddle when driving out Annie Fleetwood to land the 2m7f handicap chase.

Jacob had been on the easy list since breaking his left wrist in a bad fall at Limerick in June, but said with a smile: "It's really good to be back riding and back with a winner.

"I had been ready to make my comeback last week but the stables I ride for are a bit quiet at this time of year, so I decided to wait until a suitable opportunity came along, and as I have ridden this mare before I knew she would run well."

Tony McCoy gave the big crowd something to cheer about when landing the seller on the Christian Von Der Recke trained Wildbach, and the 2m4f handicap chase on Levitski for Jonjo O'Neill.

Evens favourite Wildbach never gave his supporters an anxious moment as he trotted up by eight lengths from Mycenaen Prince.

Seamus Mackey, representing owner John Spence, was forced to 13,000gns to retain the winner and said: "That has taken a bit of the shine off the win but John wanted to keep him for that sort of money."

Levitski was given a typical McCoy ride to lead in the home straight and then repel the attentions of Shoudawoudacouda to win by a length and a half.

O'Neill said: "I think the trip was about as far as he wants but AP was brilliant out there as he bided his time and then got there at just the right time."

Although Paddy Brennan is sunning himself in Portugal, he was still instrumental in the 16-length win of the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Distiller in the 2m4f novice hurdle under David England.

Twiston Davies's head groom Fergus O'Brien said: "Paddy was on the phone this morning offering David advice on how to ride the horse but the way he has won, there was probably no need for that."

Symbiosis landed a 25-1 surprise in the 3m handicap hurdle to provide Kahlil Burke with a first success from his new base near Swansea.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2008
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