Mwaleshi brings more Graded glory for Oscar

Mwaleshi (8g Oscar-Roxy River, by Ardross) was described by jockey Jonathan England as “the toughest horse I’ve ridden” after winning the G2 Premier Hurdle at Kelso on Saturday when becoming Oscar’s latest black-type scorer.

Sue Smith’s rapidly-improving charge, who was enjoying his fourth success this season, begun the campaign on a rating of 92 and went into Saturday’s race on a mark of 134, which looks set to rise again after this victory.

Mwaleshi was bought by Smith’s husband Harvey for just £9,500 at Doncaster in November, after two victories the previous month, and is now looking a real bargain.

The Oscar gelding, who was bred by Helshaw Grange Stud, held off the high-class Eduard to score by three-quarters of a length and England was full of praise for his mount

“He’s a very tough horse, the toughest horse I’ve ridden,” England told racingpost.com. “We’ve turned in, the other horse has come to my quarters, and he’s just picked up again. It was very soft over two and a half at Haydock two starts ago and Musselburgh didn’t suit him last time.”

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