River Nymph comes good
The seven-furlong Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap went to 16/1 chance River Nymph (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby), who took the lead two furlongs out and stayed on well to win by two lengths.
Trainer Clive Cox: “I don’t think River Nymph quite handled the track at Newmarket last time, because he is such a reliable work horse at home, so I am delighted to get a bit of confidence, and he clearly acted here. He has won impressively.
“He’s a homebred of [owner] Trevor Fox’s, which is great. It was nice to have a winner – we have had five seconds in a row before this! At least they are running really well.
“We will take it a step at a time with River Nymph, but he is a nice type and his sire Cable Bay is a good ingredient.”
Adam Kirby added: “It was a mess the last day and he obviously didn’t handle it at all, but he loved it today. It was a very simple ride – he travelled beautifully up the front end and, when I got after him, he quickened really nicely. It was a nice performance.
“Me and Clive Cox know each other pretty well and it’s pretty rare that we complicate it too much. That’s just the way we do things, his horses are trained to battle and they won’t give up, so that’s the way we ride them. Everything has been in the shake-up over the last couple of days and knocking at the door but I am very pleased to ride a winner because it was dragging on.”
4.15pm Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap 7f
1 River Nymph – Clive Cox 3-9-01 Adam Kirby 16/1
2 Walhaan – Ian Williams 4-10-00 Martin Harley 100/1
3 Tiger Crusade – David Simcock 3-9-03 Jim Crowley 6/4 Fav
Winner owned by Trevor Fox
Breeding: b c Cable Bay (IRE) – Little Nymph (Emperor Fountain)
Breeder: Trevor Fox
Time: 1m 28.55s
Distances: 2, nose
Tote Win: £18.10 Places: £4.10 £14.60 £1.20 Exacta: £1,418.90