Smart Hurdle Double For Yeats
Lord Accord (5g Yeats - Cush Jewel, by Executive Perk) made it two from two under rules when running out an impressive winner of Wednesday’s maiden hurdle at Fontwell.
Third on his sole start between the flags, the bay made a winning start for the Neil Mulholland stable in a bumper last month and was sent off joint-favourite as he stepped up to two miles and three furlongs. He tracked the leaders under Brendan Powell and was travelling well when taking the lead at the second last. Clear at the final flight, he kept on strongly to win by 13 lengths.
Speaking after the race, the winning rider said, “Lord Accord has a real good way of going about things as he's very professional, not keen, and his jumping is good.”
Owned by Lynne and Angus Maclennan, Lord Accord was bred by Olive Troy and is a half-brother to Grade 1 performer Monksland.
Bought by Paul Nicholls for £150,000 after impressing on debut in a five-year-old maiden at Nenagh for John Hanlon, the bay made a promising start in the Stewart Family colours when finishing third in a novice hurdle in March.
He was the subject of strong market support on return over three miles and two furlongs and raced prominently for much of the way under Harry Cobden. Leading from the third last, he was ridden turning for home and stayed on well to hold off the favourite Ziggy Rose (Fame And Glory) by a length and a quarter, as they finished a distance clear of the third.
Bred by Robert Guiry, Young Buck is a half-brother to Grade 3 chase winner Queens Wild (Westerner).