Month: November 2017

Alex Edwards and Brodie Hampson double at Hereford


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!

Simon Walker masterclass at Southwell



Action on the All-Weather at Southwell on Tuesday with the 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!

Tommie O’Brien wins with Thomas Patrick at Exeter


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.

Zac Baker wins again with Robinshill at Ludlow



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!


Page Fuller extends lead in ladies jump title with win at Huntingdon


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. 🏆👏

Lorcan Williams wins Hands & Heels at Wincanton


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:

Kit Alexander enjoys facile win at Kelso with Clan Legend


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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.

Lewis Stones wins at Fakenham



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.

Adam Elias enjoys 1st British success at Plumpton


23843572_10156041312981318_23478318514165324_nCongratulations 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!


Richie Harding repeats success at Cheltenham



The opener of the Cheltenham November meeting, the Market Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase, gave the day a quick flashback to 2016 with the same cast enjoying success – 🇮🇪 Richard Harding for David Pipe with WHAT A MOMENT.


Having his first run since Cheltenham Festival, WHAT A MOMENT jumped well and travelled strongly to find himself in front sooner than he may have liked, and with the field closing on him idled up the hill to hold on by half a length from SUGAR BARON and Hugo Hunt with Roger Quinlan a short head back in third.


Many congratulations to winning connections!


Action shot: Debbie Burt