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RACING: Longsdon celebrates with Tonic
10:00am Monday 7th January 2013 in Sport
Newton Tonic got back on track to add to Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon’s tally for the season with victory at Plumpton yesterday.
The eight-year-old ran out on his last start at Lingfield when Felix de Giles took the wrong course.
But he had no navigational problems this time as Noel Fehily steered the 5-1 shot to a five-length success from Main Head in a handicap chase over two and a half miles.
It was Longsdon’s 41st winner of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Longsdon could run his prolific winner, Pete The Feat, in the Classic Chase at Warwick on Saturday.
The nine-year-old has won five on the bounce, rising 40lb in the handicap in the process, since moving to Hull Farm Stables from Anna Newton-Smith’s yard.
Pete The Feat’s latest victory in the Mandarin Chase at Newbury on December 29 came as easily as most of his others.
“I don’t normally like to run them back so quick, especially staying chasers, but he’ll have an entry in the Classic Chase at Warwick,” said Longsdon.
“It might just come a week too soon for him and it’s less likely than likely at this stage, but he will have the entry.
“If he doesn’t go there we will wait until the end of the month, and either go to the West Wales National at Ffos Las, a similar race at Sandown, or the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.”