Mister Fisher strikes in Lightning
Mister Fisher gave a tonic with Success to owner James Potter in the Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Owlerton Sheffield Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster.
As he is currently in hospital recovering from an operation, welshpool-based Potter could not make the trip, but news of the success of his horse should have given him a boost.
Mister Fisher (6-5 favourite) travelled well throughout the race, quickening to direct in the last and move on to score by a period from Al Dancer at the hands of James Bowen.
It was a win that provides Mister Fisher options from the Arkle Trophy and Marsh Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.
“The ground mattered. He is a better horse on better ground,” said bloodstock agent David Minton of this Nicky Henderson-trained winner.
“We’ll have to look at either the Arkle and the Marsh at Cheltenham now.
“James Potter is currently in hospital so it will be a huge boost for him. He needed a surgery on Wednesday which is why he’s here.”
Bowen stated:”He shows a lot of foot once the floor’s a bit faster. He did it.
“He has been operating on soft or dead floor all season and he’s not slow.
“He’s double the horse he was last year. He is very good over his fences. He did whatever perfect today.”
Harry Reed cashed-in on Bootlegger (12-1) from the Alan Wood Plumbing & Heat Handicap Hurdle prior to going to Cheltenham to journey The Twisler in the past race there.
Leading at the last flight, the seven-year-old of Neil Mulholland pulled clear of the constantly outstanding Meteorite to score.
Reed stated:”I had a lovely ride round. He jumped well and went nicely. It makes a difference if they do that for you. Neil’s staff are in order.
“He’d run a nice race at Worcester in the summer, but made a terrible mistake and it was merely a case of growing confidence back . It is all worked out today.”