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Woody Valentine appreciates class drop.

Byline: Colin Russell

ALTHOUGH he can't win a handicap, having suffered the wrath of the handicapper after winning at Catterick last season, Woody Valentine found conditions just right in the seller.

The eight-year-old, who was sent off an 11-2 chance, had to battle before getting the better of Toss The Caber by a neck after a prolonged duel on the run-in.

rArthur, who said: "He went up 23lb for his last win.

"He's a box-walker, a crib-biter and has had all sorts of other problems. He won't go down on to our gallops and we have to chase him around the school.

"My daughter was so fed up with him that she gave him to me." Unsurprisingly he failed to attract a bid at the auction.

Osolomio, who had run three good races over fences, was the well-deserved winner of the novice chase.

Given a well-judged ride by Alan O'Keeffe, he made all and found plenty when asked from the second-last to eventually run out a comfortable three-and-a-quarter length winner for trainer Jennie Candlish, who trains him for Alan Baxter.

Dais Return, second on his previous start at Southwell, went one better in the 2m4f maiden hurdle under a good ride from Seamus Durack.

A raider from the Peter Bowen yard, he raced up with the pace and, although headed at the top of the hill, rallied gamely to lead at the last and draw away from Irish raider Posh Bird..
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 29, 2009
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