MINE'S A DOUBLE!
On a freezing cold Sunday in January, the Prime Minister David Cameron was on hand to witness a splendid afternoon of racing displaying some future superstars; both human and equine.
Split on declaration The Open Maiden race division one was won by Rythym Seeker ridden by Oliver Murphy, after an unsuccessful campaign under rules whilst trained by Olivers' mother Annabel King it was decided that an attempt to win a maiden was worth a try so was sent to Antonia Bealby and it is likely that the 8yr old Gelding will now return to hurdling now that he has got his head in front.
Himalayan Express provided local owner/ trainer Celia Plunkett with a popular success in the Brightwells/ PPA 2 mile 4 maiden where 6 of the 7 entered went to post; partnered here by Will Telfor, the homebred Rakoposhi King Gelding battled on well to beat Gioiello.
Doubles were order of the day for The twiston Davies camp and Sarah-jayne Davies/ Jeremy Mahot team.
Sarah-Jayne Davies trained a double here and also rode the first herself, always going comfortably Upton Springs had the measure of favourite Chiaro from the 2nd last in the AGA 3 mile 5 Ladies open to spring a 20/1 surprise. Owned by Peter Corbett who farms next door to where Sarah trains the 10 yr old mare was equipped with blinkers for the second time.
Most excitng finsh was in the Novice riders event, 14 went to post and turning down the hill into the straight there were 6 in with a shout. A blanket could have covered the first four but it was 10 yr old Coppingers Court who came out best, partnered here by Ian Williams amateur Jake Hodson who was enjoying a first pointing success. Previously a winner of a Restricted this was a good reward for his trainer who had always thought he was a good horse. Shannon Springs who was 2nd, Noadibou 3rd and Rathcoole Dancer 4th are sure to pick up races of this sort soon.
Though cold, a thoroughly enjoyable day with excellent racing. We now look forward to the next area meeting at Whitfield Racecourse on 6th February.