Longsdon: We’ll get it right this time

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Markov and jockey Tom Bellamyon their way to victory. Picture: Fontwell Park

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Charlie Longsdon is determined not to make the same mistake twice with Glowinginthedark.

The Over Norton trainer sent out his six-year-old son of Dr Massini to victory in the Southern Water Charity Raceday Tomorrow Maiden Hurdle at Fontwell.

The triumph – by a neck from Gary Moore’s Uptendownone – brought the curtain down on the opening day of the track’s Forces Festival on Friday.

And it represented an encouraging return to form for the 6/4 favourite.

Glowinginthedark finished an impressive third in a hot race on his hurdles bow at Carlisle last November.

He was just half-a-length adrift of Oliver Sherwood’s Deputy Dan, who went on to finish second to Very Wood in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

But he failed to kick on in four further outings last term.

He made a winning start to this season at Fontwell, though.

And Longsdon is determined to learn from last season as he considers his options for this campaign.

‘Our biggest mistake last season was running too soon after Carlisle, when he was beaten half-a-length by Deputy Dan,’ said the trainer.

‘We rushed him back. But now he just seems a different horse after the break.

‘We probably should have given him a break earlier but it has paid off now.’

Longsdon revealed he has yet to formulate a battle plan for the gelding, who was steered to success by Aidan Coleman.

‘He will make a lovely three-mile chaser in time,’ he added.

‘But as Aidan just said to me, the pressure is now off.

‘Chasing will always be there next season.

‘The most important thing is we have got the ball rolling with him again.

‘He is not the lairy pig we thought he was!

‘We got it wrong last season but, hopefully, we will get it right this season.’