African Gold falls when 1/2 favourite at Uttoxeter
Last Updated: 10/12/13 2:13pm
African Gold: All going well until the third-last fence
Sam Twiston-Davies was left punching the turf in frustration after African Gold came down at the third-last fence at Uttoxeter.
Runner-up to At Fishers Cross in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained runner was sent off the 1/2 favourite to take advantage of a drop in grade, having finished fourth to Le Bec at Cheltenham on his steeplechasing bow last month.
For much of the contest, he looked to have matters well in control, having jumped tidily in the main.
However, just as his rider moved had begun to shake him up in order to take control of the Quicksilverslots Play 500 Roulette Novices' Chase, African Gold hit the top of the third-last fence, knuckled on landing and crashed to the ground.
That left Milborough and the early leader Sixty Something - who jumped far better than had been the case on his previous start at Wetherby - to battle out victory, and it was the former, trained by Tim Vaughan and Richard Johnson that took the spoils at 8/1 by a neck.
Vaughan completed an across-the-card 20 minutes later when Bucking The Trend scored at Fontwell under Mikey Byrne.
Earlier on the Uttoxeter card, David Pipe's Legacy Gold (8/13 favourite) made a winning start to her new career in the Quicksilverslots Get Up To 200 Freeplays Mares' Maiden Hurdle.
Bought by Roger Brookhouse for £210,000 after winning at Aintree last April, she had finished third at Cheltenham on her reappearance but beat Flementine by four and a half lengths in the hands of Tom Scudamore here.