05 February 2018

The Grade 2 Towton Novices’ Chase, the feature race at Weatherby on Saturday, was won by BALLYOPTIC (IRE). The eight-year-old gelding jumped soundly and travelled well over the three mile race under jockey Tom Bellamy and stayed on best in heavy conditions to beat Vintage Clouds (IRE) by two and three quarter lengths.

A son of the late Old Vic, BALLYOPTIC (IRE) was bred by Roger Ryan out of a half-sister to the Grade 1 hurdler Storm Damage (IRE). He is a half-brother the Grade 2 winner Peoples Park (IRE) and comes from the family of the Gordon Elliot-trained Tombstone (IRE).

BALLYOPTIC (IRE) won a Grade 1 Novices’ hurdle at Aintree at six and a point-to-point at Kirkistown at five for Ian Ferguson.


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