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RACING: PIECE OF CAKE; Bourgeois is different class.

Byline: By GARRY OWEN (Gordon Brown)

BOURGEOIS opened his account over hurdles at the second time of asking in fine style at Catterick.

Tim Easterby's seven-year-old, a smart handicapper on the Flat, was sent off the 9-4 favourite for the two-mile novices' hurdle and his supporters had few worries as the market leader led at the second-last before stretching clear to score by six lengths from Merryvale Man.

Bourgeois had finished a well-beaten seventh on his jumps debut over two and a half miles at Wetherby nine days ago and appreciated the shorter distance.

The winning trainer was represented by his father, Peter, who said: ''He needed the run last time and it was two and a half, but he doesn't get two and a half over hurdles. He should do on his Flat form.

''But we couldn't make our minds up which was his best trip on the Flat he ran well overany trip.''

Mexican was another to get off the mark over jumps when the Micky Hammond-trained five-year-oldputupa polished display to score at 11-2.

Mexican was produced full of running off the final bend and soon took control, sprinting away from the last to win in good style by six lengths from Tiger Frog.

Wuxi Venture put a poor display on his debut over fences last time behind him with a convincing success in the Wakefield Beginners' Chase.

Richard Fahey's 16-1 chance made steady headway under Padge Whelan to challenge the leader Farlington at the second-last.

Wuxi Venture soon took his measure and despite hitting the last fence, ran on to record a comfortable length-andthree-quarters victory.

Fahey said: ''I haven't a clue what was the matter last time (when pulled up at Ludlow). I actually thought it was suspicious and reported it to the Jockey Club but he was tested and they said he was all right.''

Bushido raced clear at the third from home to take the Leeds Handicap Hurdle for Bingley trainer Sue Smith in the hands of Paul Madden.

Karyon rocked punters by making all the running to land the seller at 33-1, holding off the challenge of Sigwells Club Boyon the run-in to score by a neck.

The last two races were run in a blizzard, but that did not stop Atticus Finch romping to a 10-length win.

HUSSARDCOLLONGES has a cracked pelvis and will not run again this season. The 2002 Sun Alliance Chase winner took a heavy fall in the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby at Christmas.

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DOWN AND OUT: Tony Ross (right) gets clear after parting company with Quarter Masters as Tina Jackson parts company with Gaucho at Catterick
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Date:Jan 16, 2004
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