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Twiston-Davies Does It Again As Wholestone Wins Perth Feature

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NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES continued his domination of the £17,000 Timothy Hardie Jewellers Novices’ Chase when Wholestone made all before finishing alone after sole rival Ballyhome was pulled up before the third last.

“We always like to introduce a nice horse in this race and this is another one,” the Cheltenham trainer said.

“I’ve won it with some very decent horses including Ballyandy, Double Ross, Fundamentalist and Bindaree and I should also have won it last year as El Terremoto fell at the last when going well.

“Wholestone is likely to run again at Cheltenham next month and he’s a horse we like. He was a very good hurdler and, although he jumped a little bit to the left, he will be better going the other way round at courses like Cheltenham.”

Twiston-Davies completed a double when Grey Diamond shouldered top-weight of 11st 12lb to victory in the Bet With The Dewhurst Bookmakers Jet Master Handicap Hurdle. 

Nigel Hawke, who won the Grand National as a jockey in 1991 on Seagram, saddled Guardia Top to victory in the Edinburgh Gin 2019 Perth Horsemen Awards Juvenile Maiden Hurdle. The West Country raider was at the half-way point of a near 900-round trip from her Devon stable.

Cameron Wadge rode his first winner Rules when steering home Chanceiton for his boss Lucinda Russell in the Follow @RacingTV Ono Twitter Handicap Chase. The 20-year-old amateur from Gretna broke his back in a serious fall at Kelso last December.  

The Edinburgh Gin leading owner, trainer and jockey awards at Perth for 2019 went respectively to The County Set (seven) & Partner, Gordon Elliott and Richard Johnson.  

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