Echo Brava denied glory at Lingfield

Minellatillmorning won the Happy Birthday Sarah Cotty Handicap Hurdle. Picture: Fontwell Park

Balding celebrates Glory at Fontwell

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Echo Brava yesterday came agonisingly close to a third victory in four races.

The four-year-old son of Proclamation was beaten by half-a-length in the 13-furlong 32Red Handicap on the all-weather at Lingfield.

Trained by West Sussex’s Luke Dace, he was sent off the 7/4 favourite to land victory off a career-high mark of 78.

Held up in last place during the early skirmishes, Echo Brava was sent to challenge by Pulborough-based jockey Jim Crowley with two furlongs left to run.

But despite pressing Scottish Star in the final 100 yards, James Eustace’s 4/1-shot held on to claim victory.

Regardless of the defeat, it was another impressive performance from Echo Brava.

Dace told The News yesterday there was more to come from his charge.

And while the grey gelding may rise higher in the handicap for yesterday’s effort, he did enough to suggest he can add to his four career wins.

Meanwhile, Muhtaris will bid to land the Chatteris Fen Trophy with victory in the 32Red Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon this afternoon (2.50pm).

John Ferguson’s four-year-old son of Teofilo, who was rated 77 on the flat, won on hurdles debut at Fontwell in December.

He has been off the track since, with the grim weather stalling his progress.

But the talent is finally set to be granted a chance to make his case for inclusion in the Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle field at next month’s Cheltenham Festival.