Progressive Son Of Getaway Defies Double Penalty
Supreme Gift (6g Getaway - Prairie Call, by Oscar) made it three from four over hurdles when justifying favouritism in Wednesday’s Novices’ Hurdle at Catterick.
Henry Daly’s charge placed in three bumpers before making a winning hurdle bow on his seasonal return and followed up at Huntingdon during the Christmas period. Reunited with Alice Stevens at Catterick, the bay raced in midfield for much of the two and a half mile contest, and began to make headway from four out. Pushed along approaching the second last, he was ridden to lead at the final flight and kept on well to score by a length and a quarter from the previously unbeaten Howlingmadmurdock (Soldier Of Fortune).
“Supreme Gift was good and he's won it nicely,” the winning trainer said after the race. “Winning with two penalties is always tricky and therefore it's very nice. The form of the race also looks good as the first four home were the first four in the betting.”
Supreme Gift joined Daly after winning a four-year-old maiden at Tattersalls for Denis Murphy, and is now owned by Sir Thomas Pilkington and RA Pilkington. The son of Grange Stud sire Getaway was bred by Imelda Harney.