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Winners and losers: Wolverhampton: Pipe and McCoy put four on the scoreboard.

nMartin Pipe and Tony McCoy put on a champion show for the West Midlands racegoers last night, combining for a four-timer, courtesy of Aavasaksa, Daraydan, Doctoor and Runaway Pete, writes Will O'Hanlon.

Aavasaksa, the horse who has been controversially raised 35lb for his victory in a seller here 10 days ago, had a simple task in the novices' seller and accomplished it with the minimum of fuss under a confident ride from McCoy.

nDaraydan was an 1-8 shot to see off four poor rivals in the two-and- a-half-mile chase, but the six-year-old, who had trotted up on his chase debut at Worcester a week ago, gave his backers a few nasty scares before duly obliging by nine lengths from Malihabad.

The hot favourite seemed to lose confidence after a mistake at the third, and he needed plenty of stoking up by McCoy before taking command of the situation on the final circuit.

nRunaway Pete recovered from an early mistake to land the two-and-a-half- mile handicap hurdle comfortably from Chief Mouse, while Doctoor got the better of a good duel with Lansdowne in the claiming hurdle.

However, the Pipe camp met with a reverse when Doctoor was claimed for pounds 3,000 by Steve Myatt.

nThere was another shock for the Pipe team in the concluding novices' handicap hurdle, in which its odds-on chance Keen Waters was beaten by David Wintle's 33-1 shot A Thousand Dreams, the mount of Warren Marston.

nCarl Llewellyn, who had a three-timer at the opening meeting of the season here nine days earlier, was on the mark again aboard Clifton Set, who saw off the challenge of Ozzie Jones to land the three-mile-one-furlong handicap chase.

Clifton Set is trained by newly married Charlie Mann, who preferred the exotic splendours of South Africa to the more mundane charms of the West Midlands, leaving his head girl Chrissy Barnard to do the honours. "Charlie and Susannah flew out on their honeymoon yesterday," Ms Barnard confirmed.

Clifton Set had a slight scare coming to the last fence, where he seemed to lose his footing briefly. "It's a bit slippery on top after all the rain we've had today," Ms Barnard observed.

nTrainer Roger Curtis blamed the "patchy ground" for the poor showing of Oh So Handy in Clifton Set's race. Gary Lyons, who had ridden Malihabad in Daraydan's opening race, called the ground "fast but with no jar", while David Wintle said it was "better than at Uttoxeter last month".
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:O'Hanlon, Will
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 1998
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