Congratulations to Lorcan Williams on winning the last at Wincanton yesterday, the Jockey Club Catering Racing Excellence “Hands and Heels” Novices Handicap Hurdle for conditional and amateur jockeys.
Just 5 went to post and always tracking the leaders, Lorcan on Charles Whittaker’s GARDE FORESTIER led approaching the last and pushed his horse out to stay on well and win by 2 1/4 lengths.
Well done Lorcan! Click on the link below to see him come into the winner’s enclosure:
Well done Kit Alexander riding for his father Nick Alexander on their homebred CLAN LEGEND first time out this season and winning the Attheraces Handicap Hurdle in great fashion at Hexham yesterday. They also won the Best Turned Out. (Kit previously won on this horse at Ayr back in March last year.)
John Dixon was 21 lengths second aboard PISTOL with a total of only 4 finishers from the 10 who went to post.
Many congratulations to winning connections.
Congratulations to Lewis Stones on a good ride at Fakenham yesterday when winning the East Rudham Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle aboard MULLAGHBOY for Oliver Murphy.
With a disappointing field of only 4 for this reasonably valuable race, Lewis help his horse up throughout most of the race before closing in on the leading pair of Ally Stirling aboard CHILLI ROMANCE and Hugo Hunt on BARDD as they turned for home. With his horse jumping the last the best of his rivals, Lewis then kicked for home and won by 1 3/4 lengths from CHILLI ROMANCE with BARDD a similar distance in third.
Well done Lewis.
Congratulations to Slovakian Adam Elias who enjoyed his first British success over hurdles when riding SANDHURST LAD at Plumpton on Monday for Warren Greatrex in the Plumpton Racecourse Twinned with Pompadour Racecourse Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle.
This race produced a thrilling finish with Gina Andrews making it on ROTHMAN joined by Jordan Williams and FLANAGANS FIELD in the latter stages of the race, but Adam always had them in his sights and switched left after the last to stay on strongly and snatch victory as the three battled it out and flew past the post. The distances were a short head and a short head!
Well done Adam!
Every picture tells a story, and none better than this with Katy Lyons overjoyed with her winning ride for Phil York on Sunday at Fontwell Park of the Goring Hotel Handicap Chase aboard SPIRITOFCHARTWELL.
Outpaced in the early stages and ridden along, Katy drew on the horse’s reserves and they chased the leading pair to draw steadily closer and lead by 3 lengths at the last, and managed to hold off the efforts of LORD ALDERVALE to win by 3/4 of a length, with GORING ONE (owned by George Goring) 16 lengths back in third.
Katy enjoys a great rapport with SPIRITOFCHARTWELL – 2 wins and a 2nd from his last 3 runs, all at Fontwell! Well done Katy!
The annual AJA hurdle took place on Thursday at Ludlow and it was good to see Irish support with Jim Dreaper bringing over MULLAGHMURPHY BLUE with Jamie Codd in the saddle.
A steady pace was set by the field of 12 until MULLAGHMURPHY BLUE took the lead at the second last. However he was challenged and headed on the flat by BOLLIN LINE who, driven out by Aaron Anderson, went on to win comfortably by 2 1/4 lengths with Isabel Williams a further 7 lengths back in third.
This was not only a hat-trick for BOLLIN LINE but also a third win for Aaron, all with the same horse, the partnership having enjoyed Aaron’s first career win at Market Rasen back in August and success at Ludlow only a week earlier.
Winning trainer Lucinda Egerton said “I can’t believe it – he’s ten years old and is still improving. He’s fragile and tricky to train as he has to have his own way. He’s always had the talent and is really starting to show it.”
An equally delighted jockey who comes from Galway, Aaron said “I had a break from racing before coming back to ride him to victory at Market Rasen. At the time I was working offshore on a wind farm boat and nobody believed me when I said I was going to ride in a race.”
Many congratulations to winning connections!
Well done Abbie McCain scores at Kelso today in the Graeme Mood and Friends Handicap Hurdle with her father’s TAWSEEF!
Kit Alexander second on LANDECKER.
Another good day for amateur jockeys!
We really appreciate the support of so many racecourses programming amateur races both on the Flat and NH, and one of our most loyal supporters is Ludlow. it was here on 26 October that Ed Bailey enjoyed a winning ride aboard GO ON HENRY owned by his parents and trained by Matt Sheppard in the Bob Hagan 70th Birthday Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (for The Court of Hill Challenge Cup).
Dropping him out in the early stages of the race, Ed bided his time and did not begin to make an impression on the leaders until turning into the home straight for the final time. It was here that he began to close in and take up the running from two out, staying on well to win by 4 lengths from Chester Williams on GRAND COUREUR with Jodie Hughes and SHOW’S OVER 7 lengths back in third.
This success came just 5 days after Ed scored at Ffos Las on 21 October (shortly after Zac Baker had won the Welsh Champion Hurdle!) when again riding for Matt Shepherd, this time against professionals aboard PATRICKS PARK. Well done Ed!
Tonight sees the finals of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies and Apprentices World Championships in Abu Dhabi.
Many thanks to the Sheikh Mansoor Festival and of course to the driving force that is Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairman of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairman of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) for the many opportunities given to our own lady amateurs as well as professional lady riders and British apprentice jockeys.
This year Jodie Hughes (Oman), Alice Mills (St Moritz (abandoned) & Stockholm), Emma Todd (Texas), Ellie MacKenzie (Bahrain & Chelmsford), Michelle Edden (Morocco), Emma Sayer (Rome), Poppy Bridgwater (California), Ostend (Rosie Jessop) and Poland (Joanna Mason) all enjoyed riding abroad and representing Great Britain. There were some incredibly close finishes but sadly no amateur victory, although we were hugely proud to have a UK win in Belgium (for the 3rd consecutive year with previous winners Page Fuller and Cath Walton) thanks to Rosie Jessop who rides in tonight’s finale. GOOD LUCK ROSIE!
The following apprentices also rode for the UK: Katherine Glenister (Oman & Copenhagen), Jane Elliott (Rome), Paddy Pilley(Chelmsford and New Jersey), Jonathan Fisher (Poland) and Paula Muir (France). Sadly again no UK victories but Newmarket (Stuart Williams) based Milly Naseb was victorious representing Jordan at Chelmsford which earned her a place in the line-up tonight in the apprentices’ finale. GOOD LUCK MILLY!
Other UK based apprentices represented their respective countries: Manuel Fernandes (Portugal), Jordan Uys (Zimbabwe), Sophie Ralston (Ireland) and Robbie Fitzpatrick (Ireland).
Wishing everyone a great evening’s racing in Abu Dhabi to conclude this year’s Arabian racing under the patronage of the Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
We all send get well soon wishes to Cecily Eaton who was due to represent Australia but had a bad race fall the day before leaving for the Middle East and is currently recuperating with broken bones in her back. Mend soon Cecily!