SHARP Rise has proved a real money-spinner for Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon this summer.

The nine-year-old, bought by owner Robert Aplin for £32,000 at the Goffs UK Sales at Doncaster in May, made it three wins from four starts since arriving at Hull Farm Stables with a hard-fought victory at Uttoxeter on Sunday.

Formerly trained by Pauline Robson, the top weight added to his earlier wins at the Staffordshire track and Worcester with a half-length success from One For The Boss in the Burton Albion Handicap Chase over two-and-a-half miles under Richard Johnson.

The £18,678 first prize saw the 5-1 shot take his earnings since joining Longsdon to an impressive £44,360 in just seven weeks.

Johnson was also seen to good effect three days earlier when he posted a winner on his 39th birthday aboard Authorized Too for Noel Williams’s Blewbury stables, near Didcot.

The length-and-a-half success in a two-mile handicap hurdle was the trainer’s first winner since he moved his string across the village to Churn Stables in May.

Rosemary Gasson, who trains at Balscote, near Banbury, was also among the winners at the Midlands track when 16-1 shot Kilcascan landed a handicap chase over two miles and seven furlongs by a head.

On the Flat, Newbury’s series of evening meetings have been a happy hunting ground for Blewbury trainer Eve Johnson Houghton.

Scarlet Dragon made it a fourth consecutive winner at the last of the four Thursday evening fixtures for her Woodway stables when roaring to an impressive four-and-a-half lengths victory from Bedrock in a mile-and-a-quarter handicap under Jim Crowley.

The three-year-old had scored at the Berkshire track two weeks earlier, while Johnson Houghton has also struck there with Funky Footsteps and Golden Wedding.

“It has become my lucky track – every Thursday night we have had a winner,” said the delighted trainer.

Johnson Houghton enjoyed victory with Fantasy Queen, who gained a short-head success at Chepstow.