From 20th to 22nd September Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting hosts their annual beer festival where local breweries offer their latest flavours but amateur riders’ tastebuds are anticipating something far more intoxicating!
An exciting new addition to the amateur calendar takes place at Newmarket on the final day of the Cambridgeshire Meeting, Saturday 22nd September, alongside three Group races. The Amateur Cambridgeshire (Class 3 Handicap) run over One Mile and One Furlong on the Rowley Mile for both lady and gentleman riders is for three year olds and upwards rated 71-90 (also open to such horses rated 91 and 92). Horses rated 70 and below are also eligible.
Michael Prosser, Director of Racing at Jockey Club Racecourses, said “We are delighted to host the first ever Amateur Riders Cambridgeshire Handicap Stakes on the Rowley Mile on Saturday 22nd September. The new race will be run over the same nine-furlong distance as the Cambridgeshire itself and it will provide a great opportunity for amateur riders – both male and female – to compete on the prestigious Rowley Mile course. It is also a good quality race: a Class 3 contest supported by a strong prize fund of £20,000. With a maximum field of 20, we are anticipating a very competitive first renewal and expect a high level of interest in the event.”
Congratulations to Jack Andrews on winning the opener at Worcester – the Arctic Spas UK Hot Tubs Steeplechase – with Mercers Court for Neil King on 22nd August!
This was Jack’s second win of the season so a great start for him. Well done Jack!
Congratulations Pat Millman on winning the Smarkets Betting Exchange Handicap over 6f at Carlisle for Ruth Carr with COSMIC CHATTER on 22nd August.
This was an additional fixture within the gentlemen’s calendar and takes our reigning gentleman champion jockey into a clear lead of this season’s championship with 3 wins. Well done Pat!
Just 48 hours after enjoying a great win over fences at Southwell and bringing her claim down to 5 lbs, the in-form Aine O’Connor enjoyed a facile win at Newton Abbot on 21st August with Harry Fry’s SEROSEVSKY over hurdles.
Enjoying a nice school around, the partnership eased past the long time leader SPICY FRUITY before the last two flights before going on to win with ease by four and a half lengths. Congratulations Aine!
Many congratulations to Ella McCain on winning the 6f sprint yesterday for Ruth Carr aboard RACQUET!
Congratulations Aine O’Connor winning the feature race of the day at Southwell when partnering Voix D’Eau for Harry Fry on 19th August which takes her into pole position for the ladies jump title alongside Becky Smith.
It was 787 days since David Pipe’s DELL’ ARCA had run on the Flat back in 2016 but there was no stopping him when partnered by Siobhan Doolan on 18th August at Newbury for the Sportsguide Handicap for lady riders.
Held up at the rear of the field, his rider began to make a move 3 furlongs out and switched left to lead inside the final furlong to deny Isabel Williams and WITH PLEASURE, winning by one and a half lengths.
Many congratulations to winning connections.
The second amateur race of Friday afternoon was held at Catterick where 10 went to post for the Yorkshire Dales Distillery Handicap over one and a half miles.
Emily Easterby made much of the running with BOLLIN JOAN until joined 3 furlongs from home by Catherine Walton and MIDNIGHT WARRIOR looking the likely winners, but George Eddery (having only his third ride) on David Elsworth’s COUNTRY’N’WESTERN had them firmly in his sights. Having missed the break quite badly, George showed immense patience and never panicked in the early stages of the race, calmly presenting his horse with perfect timing to wear down the opposition and win by half a length.
Many congratulations to George on a day to remember and well done to winning connections.
Friday saw two well supported amateur Flat races within 30 minutes of one another, the first being the 5th race of the 8 race BETFAIR series at Nottingham, held under the watchful eye of BHA Jockey Coach Russ Garritty.
There were 9 runners for this race run over a mile and two, with several taking a keen hold in the early stages. Sarah Bowen led the field aboard GLACIER FOX for Tom Tate with Charlie Todd having BORN TO SPEND nicely settled in a first time hood until making a move and heading the leader about 5 furlongs from home. The front pair tussled for the lead with Born To Spend running on well from a furlong out to win by 2 3/4 lengths, with Sarah and Glacier Fox second, a neck in front of Ellie MacKenzie and BORN TO PLEASE.
This was a great result for 17-year-old Charlie being his first career winner and he was cheered into the winner’s enclosure by his overjoyed parents who made the trip from North Yorkshire. His father Darren said “There’ll be celebrations when we get home!” Charlie said “That was fantastic and it’s been a long time coming. Born To Spend just kept finding for me – I’ll never forget this.” Well done Charlie and winning connections!🏆👏👍👌🏇🌬🎉🥂🍾
The series now moves on to Ripon on Bank Holiday Monday where Tim Reed will be back in action at BHA Jockey Coach. The series is currently led by Billy Garritty who has enjoyed three 2nds so far but is yet to ride a winner in the series! Hopefully Billy won’t have to wait very long.
You can watch a replay of the race here:
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