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Vaughan and Johnson a fine double act; TOWCESTER.

Byline: Tony Elves

TIM VAUGHAN has his team in great order and Baren De Doc and Ruby Isabel maintained the good run when completing a 8-1 double for the Bridgend trainer and jockey Richard Johnson.

Baren De Doc was always racing prominently and took on again at the 11th where the odds-on shot Dreamy Sweeney tracked the leader still on the bridle. However, the 2-1 shot soon brushed that challenge aside and stormed up the hill for an 11-length victory from Gothic Charm.

Mark Jones, assistant to Vaughan, said: "He won that nicely and has been knocking on the door over fences. He fell on his last start, but Richard said he jumped well throughout."

Ruby Isabel was making her debut over fences in the 2m handicap chase, but she never put a foot wrong as she notched a two-and-three-quarter-length success from Beauchamp Viking.

Jones said: "She jumped very well and is very honest and, once again, it is another bit of tremendous placing by the boss."

Niceonefrankie was another to end a run of near misses when taking the opening 2m maiden hurdle under Aidan Coleman.

The four-year-old had finished runnerup for a third time when beaten by Roodolph on his reappearance at Hereford in April, but took no prisoners as he hurdled fluently and made all for a ninelength victory from Scene Two.

Trainer Venetia Williams said: "Sooner or later he was going to win and he deserved this. He could run again, but we have to be careful with the ground. They had a little rain here on Saturday, which helped, but they always do a good job with the ground."

Tony McCoy's three rides proved unrewarding and there was grief for the champion rider when 4-11 shot Mhilu ran out at the fifth when leading in the 2m claiming hurdle. That left the way clear for A Dream Come True, who made the rest of the running under Jodie Mogford for an eight-length victory from Billy Beetroot.

Marlborough Sound maintained Jim Turner's good recent record at the course when taking the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle. The 16-1 shot went on from Mr Tambourine Man before two out under Henry Brooke and kept on well up the hill to beat Present by seven lengths.

Downward Spiral, an 8-1 shot, ensured a miserable day for favourite backers ended without respite when making all under Alan O'Keeffe for a 17-length win from Tucumcari.

This was one of the few meetings at Towcester when the course charges pounds 10 admission, but clerk Robert Bellamy said: "It's a new fixture, but we estimated the crowd as being over 6,500. It is one of only four days when we charge and we have had an extremely busy and successful day."

Star performance Tim Vaughan, who completed a double with Baren De Doc and Ruby Isabel Which hurdling debutant should be able to find a small opening this summer? Reports and analysis start page 78
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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