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Swan sweeps to a second victory; RACING.

CHARLIE SWAN, who broke his duck as a trainer in Britain at Ludlow last week, added to his tally when Hot Bunny landed the Aberlady Juvenile Maiden Hurdle at Musselburgh yesterday.

Swan, who also rode the filly, made all aboard the 5-1 chance, putting the race beyond doubt when kicking clear after the penultimate flight.

Swan's other runner Born To Lead, ridden by JP McNamara, could finish only fourth behind Colin Parker's Trump in the Macmerry Conditional Jockeys' Selling Handicap Hurdle.

And Swan was second behind Grimaldi Lad aboard the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Lastman in the Port Seton Handicap Hurdle.

JOSH GIFFORD will have just two runners at next week's Cheltenham Festival after ruling Fontwell winner Mr Markham out of the meeting.

The eight-year-old is entered in the Cathcart Chase next Thursday but Josh Gifford is now looking for alternatives over a longer trip.

Mr Markham, second to Blowing Wind at Ascot on his previous start, was under pressure from Philip Hide turning for home in the www.thehorsesmouth.co.uk Novices' Chase.

Gifford's Festival pair are Mr Percy in the Smurfit Champion Hurdle and Skycab in the Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase.

JASON WEAVER stole the show at Southwell with a 617.75-1 treble on Accystan, Blue Kite and Golden Lyric - all for different trainers.

Weaver struck first on Accystan (9-2) when bringing the Micky Hammond- trained runner home by a length and three-quarters from the favourite Malwina indivision two of the Bet Direct On Racing Channel Text Page 372 Handicap.

He then sprang a 14-1 surprise on Blue Kite for Nick Littmoden, who landed the Bet Direct On ITV Text Page 368 Handicap by a length and a half from James Dee.

And Weaver completed his three-timer with a hard-fought neck victory on Jeff Pearce's Golden Lyric (13-2) in the Bet Direct On Sky Text Page 372 Selling Stakes.
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Date:Mar 7, 2000
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