11 went to post yesterday at Sandown Park for the Holiday Inn Shepperton Handicap Chase for the John Dunsdon Memorial and the field was soon dramatically diminished to 9 with James King unseated at the first and Michael Legg similarly despatched at the second.
As the race progressed and the chasing pack began to thin, the old gentleman of the party Charlie Longsdon’s 13-year-old PETE THE FEAT responded to the urgings of his jockey🇮🇪 Damien Skehan and led from 3 out to gallop on gamely up the hill and win by 2 3/4 lengths.
Well done to Damien not only on this great 25/1 win but also on finding his way to the racecourse in the first place, having got lost on the way! Many congratulations to winning connections.
Thanks must go to our sponsors David Dunsdon for this valuable steeplechase within the amateur calendar which contributes towards the build-up for our top amateur chases of the season eagerly anticipated in the Spring.
Enjoy the closing stages of the race here:
Yesterday was a red letter day for amateurs with 3 amateur jockeys enjoying wins across the country.
At Market Rasen Tommie O’Brien’s positive ride on favourite TRIOPAS for Tom Lacey paid off, winning the long distance Handicap Hurdle by 3 lengths going away.
The first of an across-the-card double for owner Gloucester farmer John King with 13-year-old RATIFY dominated the field in the Jockey Club Catering Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at Wincanton, making all under Lilly Pinchin for Fergal O’Brien to give a fantastic display of jumping and win by a distance. Fergal O’Brien said “I am absolutely delighted. He’s a great enthusiast and I told Lilly to ride him like she rides Creevytennant, another front runner, and he jumped from fence to fence.”
While Leicester proved a happy hunting ground for Brodie Hampson defying a penalty (after their victory at Hereford a week ago) aboard COUGAR KID and following up for John O’Shea in the handicap hurdle. Brodie said “He’s in a happy place and I’d like to think he can win again. You have to ride him as you play him – he’s different in every race and John does a great job in keeping him sweet.”
Very many congratulations to all winning connections on a great day for amateurs!🏆🎉🏆🎉
Congratulations to Jessica Cooley winning on the All-Weather at Lingfield today for Alan Bailey with STRICTLY ART, the 4th win of the horse’s career and their 3rd win together since June when they enjoyed success at Goodwood. Well done Jess!
It was amusing to see someone tweeting that Sir Alex Ferguson won at Newbury on Saturday but perhaps our amateur jockey Alex Ferguson should be knighted after such a polished performance when winning the Ladbrokes Intermediate Hurdle (the Gerry Feilden) for his grandmother Mrs Margaret Ferguson with her Ben Pauling trained HIGH BRIDGE.
Making all, Alex made a decisive move in quickening the pace after jumping the third from home and his horse responded to his urgings after the last to stay on and deny Noel Fehily on Nicky Henderson’s Charli Parcs by 1 1/4 lengths.
Alex’s father John Ferguson said “I’m proud of the horse, the team and Alexander. We no longer have Bloomfields and I wanted my mother to have the fun, but I don’t know about the prize money! This is very special. Alexander is making his way and wants to make a career of it.”
Trainer Ben Pauling said “The best thing about this is the confidence Alex has ridden him with against seasoned pros. He’s had to make the running and has made the right calls at the right time. He’s a young lad who is taking his opportunities and he’s done that. I’m thrilled for him.”
Huge congratulations to Alex and to his family and winning connections on this great success.
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Congratulations Shauna Larkin on winning the Britain v Ireland Challenge Hurdle yesterday at Limerick with Dromore Lad for Dermot McLoughlin by half a length from James King on Ali Bin Nayef for Shark Hanlon with Becky Smith 3 1/2 lengths 3rd on Hawk Eye Down for Paul Power. This was a special win for Shauna being her first win under Rules so a day for her never to forget!
Sam Davies-Thomas was 4th on top weight Paper Lantern. Of the 7 runners, only 5 finished and Page Fuller pulled up.
It was good to see racing resumed at Hereford on Wednesday, the first of their two meetings this season having been transferred to Worcester because of firm ground.
Gary Hanmer sent out High Counsel for the Level Peaks Associates Handicap Chase ridden by Alex Edwards. Despite taking a keen hold early on and overcoming a mistake two out as well as hanging to the left as they approached the last, Alex drove his horse out to win by half a length. Congratulations to connections and well done Alex!
The biggest field of the day saw 15 to go to post for The Brecon Carreg ROA/Racing Post Owners Jackpot Handicap Hurdle. Many congratulations to Brodie Hampson on a great ride for John O’Shea on Cougar Kid. Holding her horse up, Brodie began to make a move three from home, smoothly taking the lead after 2 out and pushed clear on the flat to win by 7 lengths from Noel Fehily on Schnabel.
Many congratulations to winning connections.
What a great day for amateur jockeys!
Action on the All-Weather at Southwell on Tuesday with the sunsets.co.uk Download The App Amateur Riders’ Handicap where a fine display was given by multiple winning champion Simon Walker to win with Belgravian for Archie Watson by 1 1/4 lengths from Billy Garritty on Ingleby Spring with Molly Stratton and Mr Andros 2 1/4 lengths back in third.
This success was a significant second success of the season for Simon closing the gap on Serena Brotherton’s 4 win lead for the All-Weather championship, and with plenty of the season remaining it should be an interesting one to follow.
Congratulations to winning connections!
Well done to Tommie O’Brien winning at Exeter on Thomas Patrick on Sunday on his handicap debut for Tom Lacey in the Happy 75th Birthday Belinda Lyon Smith Handicap Hurdle.
Making all in the field of 10 that went to post, the partnership stayed on strongly from the last to win by 4 lengths. Congratulations to winning connections.
Monday saw the reappearance of Robinshill partnered by leading gentleman amateur Zac Baker at Ludlow in the totequadpot Handicap Chase for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.
This was Robinshill’s 3rd consecutive run at Ludlow and his 2nd with Zac partnering him to victory here 3 weeks ago. They nearly came unstuck at the last when the horse blundered in what is now his habitual style at Ludlow, but with Zac’s long legs helping his stickability he was able to drive his horse out to go on and win comfortably by 5 lengths.
“I don’t know why why he does that at the last fence” Zac said. “He was a bit cautious but he had been out on his own a long time. It might have also been jumping out of this sticky ground.”
Well done Zac on a great win!
Well done leading lady and reigning champion Page Fuller on winning today’s Woodhurst Construction Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles at Huntingdon with STAR FOOT trained by Jo Davis.
A thrilling finish with Page having galvanised her horse into action from 3 out saw the partnership hold on by a neck to deny Irish raiders Shark Hanlon and Rachael Blackmore on last year’s victor BABY JAKE with Brodie Hampson and FOOL TO CRY just a length away third.
Congratulations to Page who forges ahead with her lead in the ladies’ title challenge, now on 7 wins so far this season. 🏆👏