With the close of the Flat season tomorrow and our own amateur Flat season now put to bed, full focus is on our National Hunt season which is of course well under way.
Many congratulations to Zac Baker who extended his lead in the gentlemen’s championship with a fine win yesterday at Ludlow to make it 4 wins so far this season. Partnering ROBINSHILL (who had dropped Jamie Bargary at the final fence with the race at his mercy on his last run) Zac gave the horse a confident and patient ride and survived a jinx at the last to drive him out for an impressive 5 length victory.
Nigel Twiston-Davies said “The horse was desperately unlucky last time and the handicapper put him up 4 lb for basically getting beaten, which was hardly ideal. He jumped pretty well this time and Zac organised him at the last when seeing a nice stride – so all is well that ends well.”
Well done Zac! 🏆👏
Many congratulations to Jay Kendrick who won the last men’s race of the season tonight at Nottingham with Mick Michael Appleby’s Topamichi to reward the horse’s patient owners The Horse Watchers who have given the horse time to overcome niggling problems and run to his best. Clearly Jay’s recent trip to China and the experience of riding out there put him spot on for this winning ride!
Well done Jay!
It’s tough at the top, and although we all know it’s tougher at the bottom, this season the ladies had a real battle to the line for the Ladies Flat championship.
Huge congratulations to Serena Brotherton and Joanna Mason on a fantastic achievement in winning their 2nd joint championship (having shared it in 2015) and for Serena this is incredibly her 10th ladies title! It has not been plain sailing for either of them this season and Joanna also won the Arabian Ladies Championship, so a tremendous double for her
Well done Becky Smith for a fine win at Nottingham last night to close the Flat season for the ladies with the last mixed turf race of 2017. (The gentlemen have their last race there next Wednesday.)
15 went to post, with Serena Brotherton denied a last attempt at increasing her tally for the ladies title by a non-runner, and the three other leading ladies hot on Becky’s heels with Ella Mccain 3rd on ROYAL COSMIC for Richard Fahey, Abbie Mccain 4th for Clive Mulhall with BIGBADBOY and joint leader Joanna Mason 5th, and only 4 1/2 lengths between them. Ultimately the final placings for the ladies championship remained unaltered.
Meanwhile the gentlemen are having their own interesting end to the Flat season. Pat Millman’s firm grip on the lead position was tightened with a fine double at Beverley at the end of September, taking his seasonal tally to 6, well clear of his rivals.
The only other lads to score more than a single win from the 24 times that gentlemen riders have graced the winner’s enclosure this season have been Jamie Brace (2 wins thanks to TAKE TWO) and perennial champion Simon Walker (having a quieter season than usual for him) with 3 wins so far.
Ben James joined Simon on 3 wins when enjoying a thrilling victory at Windsor last Monday by a short head aboard John Bridger’s BETSALOTTIE, denying Ross Birkett with Jamie Codd a length away back in 3rd. Ben followed this up at Leicester this Monday when partnering CHAMPAGNE BOB for Richard Price to make late headway 2 furlongs from home and storm home to head Simon Walker aboard MY GIRL MAISIE inside the final furlong and win by 2 1/2 lengths. This dramatic result took Ben into runner-up slot with 4 wins, and with 2 remaining races, the final mixed tomorrow at Nottingham and the last men’s race of the season at Nottingham in a week’s time, you can be sure Ben will have Pat in his sights!
Good luck lads!
The end of the Flat season is always an interesting time for reflection and celebration of our amateur championships, but the build-up of the current season’s ladies campaign is proving to be unusually gripping this year right to the wire!
Redcar’s divided ladies’ race last week saw Serena Brotherton take the first division aboard RESTIVE for Iain Jardine which took her to top of the tables alongside Joanna Mason, both on 5 wins each. Having shared this championship 2 seasons ago when both ladies ended the season with 6 wins, will this be repeated? Not necessarily whilst they have so many talented top riders on their heels and now with just 2 races to go!
The second division of the afternoon at Redcar was won by a short head by 16 year old Ella Mccain on Richard Fahey’s INGLEBY SPRING to deny Emily Bullock in a photo finish with Joanna Mason 3rd. This was Ella’s 2nd win of the week, having won the mixed race at Musselburgh just 4 days earlier on her father’s TAWSEEF, and elevated her to runner-up slot alongside Carol Bartley, both now on 4 wins, with Abbie Mccain and Jessica Cooley on 3.
Yesterday’s mixed race at Doncaster was eagerly anticipated by most of this cast and it was Ian Williams’ TOMAHAWK KID who provided Abbie Mccain with her 4th winner of the season to join sister Ella and Carol Bartley in the runner-up slot for the championship!
The story continues in the last at Newbury this afternoon where the final ladies race of the season takes place (Serena, Ella, Jo and Jess all have rides) but we have to wait until the last mixed race of the season at Nottingham next Wednesday 1st November before finally celebrating our 2017 Lady Flat Championship!
Good luck all!
Huge thanks to Kit Wu of Wuhan Jockey Club for inviting us to send a representative from the UK to ride in China this week in their International Invitational race.
Well done to Jay Kendrick for being selected to represent Great Britain and doing an excellent job for us in this ambassadorial role. James is amateur jockey to Roger Charlton at Beckhampton and has enjoyed a winner under Rules as well as an Arabian win.
James thoroughly enjoyed taking part in yesterday’s race and, although his horse was a little too slow to be placed, this was a great and unique experience for him and we really appreciate the kind hospitality of our friends in China.
Huge congrats to leading amateur Zac Baker on a great victory today when winning the Ladbrokes Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las with The New One for boss Nigel Twiston Davies!
A great achievement and a top ride!