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Williams treble lights up Bangor card

A vintage weekend for King’s Capel trainer Venetia Williams produced a treble at Bangor and a winner in a £40,000 handicap chase at Ascot yesterday to bring up her 9th winner of the month.

Stable rider Charlie Deutsch was atop all four winners recording a short-priced treble, two going off at 13/8, the other at 8/11.

French-bred The Famous Five, impeccably bred by Derby winner Camelot, got the ball rolling in a 2m handicap hurdle. Ludlow regulars will have seen the 6 year old gelding through November and December, where he reached the frame on each of three occasions here.

A change of scenery has done wonders for 7 year old Montgomery, whose Alamein appears to be moving from Wales to Herefordshire. Since arriving from Evan Williams’ in February, he has won three times, including at Bangor twice and Leicester too. His 3 1/4l victory in the Camden Stout Handicap Chase suggests there may still be more to come.

Half an hour later, Deutsch barely saw another runner as another French – bred, Hunter Legend, made all in the 3m handicap chase to bring up the treble with 15l to spare. Perhaps not the most competitive of races with just 4 runners, but as the old adage goes, you have to be in it to win it.

If the yard thought its luck had run dry they were mercifully mistaken on arriving at Ascot the following day. Venetia is as smartly dressed as her horses at the races so it is to be hoped that prizes for the K+LK Bennett Handicap Chase include some of the eponymous sponsor’s footwear.

Martator has been running well all winter, and followed up a Newbury first with a largely assured round here, needing only to be ridden out to win the £40,000 prize by 3 1/2l.

All this bodes well for the upcoming Aintree fixture in which Williams is likely to field several runners. Not so in the Grand National itself, where just 4 British-trained horses look likely to make the cut in a race that has been painted green by our Irish visitors. Chambard, winner of the Becher Chase in December, offers her best chance of a run.

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