Longsdon is on top form with double

Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon saddled a double at Uttoxeter
Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon saddled a double at Uttoxeter

Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon completed a double at Uttoxeter on Sunday.

Recent recruit Sharp Rise won the Bet365 Handicap Chase, the nine-year-old was ridden by Aidan Coleman, while Drop Out Joe won the listed John Smith’s Summer Cup Handicap Chase, the eight-year-old was partnered by Graham Watters.

He travelled beautifully all the way round with Graham Watters giving him a very confident ride

Charlie Longsdon

The double took the Hull Farm handler on to nine winners for the campaign and Longsdon was especially delighted with the victory of Drop Out Joe.

He said: “The decision was finally made only six weeks ago. His break was cut short and he was aimed at the race so he can now have a proper break before coming back for the Autumn.

“They went a really strong gallop and he travelled beautifully all the way round with Graham [Watters] giving him a very confident ride. I thought he was beaten going to the last but it looked like he outstayed Ballynagour and was going away at the end.

“When I bought Sharp Rise, we all questioned whether he was just a bit too high in the handicap off a mark of 133. But he has now won off 145 and could be a 150 horse soon.”