Morney Wing: preparing to clear another fence
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tony McFadden 2:52PM 2 JAN 2017
Report: Plumpton, Monday
At The Races Sussex National Handicap Chase 3m4½f, 5yo+
PADDY BRENNAN made the most of a spare ride on Morney Wing as he guided the eight-year-old to a comfortable success in the marathon handicap chase.
Morney Wing jumped and travelled well throughout the 3m4½f contest and registered a one-and-three-quarter-length success under Brennan, who had stepped into the breach when intended rider Noel Fehily was unable to take the mount as he was feeling unwell.
Dawson City stuck to his task to finish a creditable runner-up, while Azure Fly was a further two lengths back in third but neither could live with the Charlie Mann-trained winner, who triumphed at 12-1.
Brennan said: “He was unbelievable. He did everything so easily and I probably ended up getting there too soon, but he was going so well I didn’t want to take him back.
“I was having so much fun out there. He was absolutely mustard.”
How the race was won
Morney Wing’s stamina was not in question having finished a good third over the same trip in the London National at Sandown last time, and he was sent into a share of the lead at the fourth-last, at which point Sartorial Elegance fell when still in contention.
A good leap at the third-last allowed Morney Wing to establish an advantage and he always looked in control from that point, despite well-supported 13-2 shot Dawson City giving game chase up the straight.
Mann, who trains the winner for The Steeple Chasers, said: “He got left at the standing start in the Fontwell National but still finished a good fourth. He is just the sort for those regional nationals or something like the Eider as he jumps and stays and loves soft ground.”
More woe for Fehily
Despite winning the opener at Plumpton on Golden Birthday before he was stood down, Fehily missed another winner on the card when Johns Luck struck in the 2m3½f handicap chase. David Noonan was the rider to benefit.