Hobbs sinks Bailey

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THE trainer Philip Hobbs was probably left to reflect upon the pleasure principle in splendid isolation after his novice Pleasure Shared had landed Ascot's Grade Two Letherby & Christopher Long Distance Hurdle from his former handler Kim Bailey's Seekin Cash yesterday, writes Ian Davies.

Hobbs, who snapped up Pleasure Shared at the Ascot Sales last June for 10,000 guineas, said: "This horse has staggered me. Kim said I might be lucky to win a little race with him. I do feel sorry for Kim; this sort of thing can happen to anybody."

Pleasure Shared had already won his "little race" when trouncing his rivals in the Grade One Belle Epoque Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree, but was stepping up in class yesterday. He scaled those stairs with some ease.