The exciting Long Run, having his first run in this country following a fantastic early career in France, made little of the opposition to take the Feltham Novices Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day under Sam Waley-Cohen riding for his father Robert.
The 4 year old, having already enjoyed 2 Grade I successes amongst his victories in France, was enjoying his first run for trainer Nicky Henderson and in spite of some jumping errors which included misjudging the penultimate fence, he pinged the last to score by 13 lengths.
Sam Waley-Cohen said after the race “He’s a fantastic horse, a really good horse and an exciting horse, its good to be on him.”
CHELTENHAM has added another race to the third day of the 2010 Cheltenham Festival with a charity Flat race for lady riders joining the six scheduled races.
The race will take place following Thursday’s scheduled races headed by the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the money raised will go towards this year’s chosen sponsor for Ladies’ Day, Cancer Research UK.
Georgie Browne, partner of Paul Nicholls, is one of those scheduled to compete and she said: “I am thrilled to be Ladies’ Day Ambassador for 2010 and riding in a Flat race will be one of the highlights of what I am sure will be a memorable day.”
Applications are being taken for the 1m5f race, which will have a maximum of 12 runners and is open to any lady riders, licensed or not, providing they raise a minimum of £5,000 in sponsorship each.
For race conditions and an application form please e-mail Sarah Oliver @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01886 884488. Applications close on 15th January 2010.
Congratulations to Oliver Murphy who kicked home his first career winning ride at Bangor yesterday on his mother’s LIFE LONG in the bumper.Congratulations also to Laura Griffiths today at Exeter when enjoying her first career win in the opening Handicap Hurdle, storming home on Steve Curran’s CAPTAIN SMOOTHY.
Many congratulations to Claire Allen who has retained Great Britain’s runner-up slot in the Fegentri Ladies World Championship which was won last year by Gemma Gracey-Davison. The ladies 2009 Fegentri season concluded in the heat of Mauritius today whilst many AJA members were enjoying the cooler environs of the point-to-point at Cottenham, more usually associated with Claire who was National Ladies Point-to-Point Champion in 2007.
This year’s Fegentri Ladies World Championship was won by Nadine Gratz of Germany with Catherine Burri of Switzerland in third place.
Many congratulations to Germany on sweeping the board with both World Championships, Marian Weissmeier having won it for the gentlemen and in so doing becoming the youngest ever German amateur to do so. Meanwhile GB’s gentleman representative Ian Chanin continues to recuperate from his broken leg and hopes to return to the saddle in February.
From left: Susanna Santesson (General Secretary Fegentri), Nadine Gratz (Germany), Claire Allen (GB), Catherine Burri (Switzerland), Nathalie Belinguier (President Fegentri)