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Stratford: Skycab lands prize for second time.

Byline: Andrew King

NICK GIFFORD, who hopes to take over the training reins from his father Josh at the beginning of next month, was on hand to welcome back Skycab after the 11-year-old took the featured two-and-a-half-mile chase for the second time, writes Andrew King.

Successful in the race three years ago, Skycab jumped to the head of affairs three out under Leighton Aspell before holding off Arctic Challenge.

Gifford said: "We had hoped that I would take over from May 1, but I am awaiting a date for an interview at the Jockey Club so we'll have to wait and see.

"Obviously when I do get the licence I'm just hoping for a good start. We'll have around 40 horses in the yard, but it will be down to me to get some new blood and some new owners as well."

Lodestar continues

Williams' good run

IAN WILLIAMS has his string in fine form, and Lodestar maintained the momentum when landing division one of the novices' hurdle.

Williams was represented by his assistant Chris Kinane, who said of the winner: "It's nice that his owner Sir Robert Ogden has been patient with him. He had lost his way a bit as he just doesn't seem to have got the hang of jumping fences."

Burning Truth too

hot for opposition

BARGAIN-buy Burning Truth defied a six-month absence to make all in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

Winning trainer Matt Sheppard commented: "I said he was a bit of a bargain at only 2,200 guineas and he will definitely be kept on the go through the summer as he wants fast ground."

However, jockey Robert Biddlecombe sat out the remainder of the meeting as he became dehydrated booting home the winner.

Bit O'Speed gets

Richardson off mark

JAMES RICHARDSON partnered his first winner under Rules when Bit O'Speed made all to beat Gatorade in the hunters' chase for his mother Susan.

Cheltenham-based Richardson said: "I've ridden six winners point-to-pointing, but it's very nice to get my first winner under Rules. This horse is so game as he was second for me in a point-to-point only six days ago."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2003
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