Carruthers shows his class with easy Ffos Las triumph
FORMER top-class chaser Carruthers made his first appearance at Ffos Lass a winning one when taking the big race at the course yesterday.
The nine-year-old, winner of last year's prestigious Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, took the Professional Security Management Handicap Chase, worth almost £6,500 to the winner.
And the 15-8 favourite did it in style, coming home 15 lengths clear of Benheir in second.
Trainer Mark Bradstock's wife, Sara, said: "We're absolutely delighted and that is exactly what the horse needed.
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"Hopefully that will help him get his confidence in himself back.
"It's difficult for him being harried in those top-of-the-world chases and it was nice the handicapper gave him a chance to run in a race like this.
"He's also had a bit of abscess problem going back a while. Hopefully we've sorted that out now.
"It would be nice if he gets another opportunity to run in another race like today's, before he goes back into those bigger handicaps."
Frontier Spirit, trained in Gloucestershire by Welshman Nigel Twiston-Davies, was a wide margin winner of the Stradey Park Handicap Chase.
It was an impressive performance by the eight-year-old, who came home 18 lengths clear of Mister Wiseman.
Course supremo Dai Walters enjoys having winners at the track that he built and Whisper looked a good prospect when landing the opening novice hurdle.
Sent off a 4-6 favourite, Whisper made light of a 255-day absence to come home six lengths clear in the hands of Andrew Tinkler.
Walters made it two in the last race of the day when Top Gamble, sent off at 1-5, was a comfortable winner of the bumper.
He is trained by David Pipe, who saw two other warm favourites beaten at Ffos Las. The first was Kusadasi, who was turned over by five lengths by Lucky Prince in the two-mile handicap hurdle.
And the second reverse saw Royal Mile defeated by 15 lengths in the Glyn Abbey Handicap Chase by Landenstown Star, trained in the Vale of Glamorgan by Tim Vaughan.