Stylish Memphis cruises to Fontwell glory

Wayne Hutchinson steered Miles To Memphis to success at Fontwell yesterday
Wayne Hutchinson steered Miles To Memphis to success at Fontwell yesterday
Markov and jockey Tom Bellamyon their way to victory. Picture: Fontwell Park

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Miles To Memphis kicked off his hurdling career in style at Fontwell yesterday.

The five-year-old son of Our Vic justified 4/9-favouritism as he cruised to glory in the ISS Novices’ Hurdle.

It was a third victory from as many outings under rules – following back-to-back wins in bumpers.

Trainer Alan King admitted he is excited about his prospect.

But the Wiltshire handler is refusing to get carried away and will not rush the Irish-bred talent.

Instead, he will look for another small hurdles battle before aiming him at bigger prizes.

King said: ‘We think he is very good.

‘He will learn a lot from yesterday’s run.

‘He took a wee bit of time to get the jumping right.

‘There is room for improvement but that will come.

‘We will try to find another race like that for him and then take it from there.’

Robert Thornton steered Miles To Memphis to bumper glory at Kempton and Ayr.

However, Wayne Hutchinson had the pleasure of an armchair ride at Fontwell yesterday.

He merely had to shake his mount up three flights from home before easing clear to win with plenty in hand.

Elsewhere on the eight-race card, Cheltenham Festival runner-up Deputy Dan was beaten by 6/4-rival Virak in the Piglet’s Pantry Food Lovers Beginners’ Chase.

Try Catch Me was the 3/1 winner of the Arun Business Partnership Supporting Local Companies Handicap Chase, while 20/1-shot Hi Note won the Dougal & Jacqui Maconachie Handicap Hurdle.

The Darren Crabb Wealth Management Supports Dizzy Handicap Chase went to Alanjou at 7/2 and Demographic took the Global Technologies Racing Ltd Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at 8/1.

The meeting ended with two bumpers – the first won by Dusky Legend at 11/8 and the second by Storming Strumpet at 8/1.