Last Time Out: Family Day Featuring The Mascot Gold Cup
Our Family Day this year featured the 2018 edition of the Sue Ryder Mascot Gold Cup, sponsored by Rotherwood Recruitment, and Goofy stormed to victory as he powered clear of long time pace-setter the Lego Man.
The day saw the return of Flat racing to Wetherby with eight races on the card
There was a thrilling finish to the Dale Gibson 50th Birthday Handicap, as the top three were separated by only a head and a neck. The race was won by 7/1 chance Luis Vaz De Torres for the trainer and jockey combination of Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan. The six-year-old bounced back to form here after a below-par run at Musselburgh last month to gain his fifth career success on turf. After racing keenly early-on, he was given a strong ride to hit the front over a furlong out and he responded well to repel the challenge of his rivals.
There was also a tight finish to the Jim Yates Memorial Handicap as Elnadim Star got up close home to win at odds of 9/2. Trained by Kevin Ryan, the three-year-old had ground to make up entering the final furlong but finished strongly under Tom Eaves to get the better of the favourite towards the line.
In the previous race, the Bet At racinguk.com Fillies’ Novice Stakes, leading trainer John Gosden made it a successful trip to the course as evens favourite Award Winning landed the odds. Having ran green on debut at Newmarket, she enjoyed the step up in trip here to get off the mark at the second attempt. The three-year-old scored by two and three quarter lengths in the end, staying on well under Nicky Mackay to win going away.
There was a wide margin winner of the D M Keith: Skoda, Seat & Honda Handicap as River Glades saw off his rivals in good style by six lengths at odds of 11/1. The Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old was given a well-judged front-running ride by Joe Fanning, building up a clear lead turning for home and then he was not for catching down the straight.
The opening race of the day, the Sunday Car Boot Fair Every Week Novice Stakes, also saw an impressive winner as Air Raid made all for a three and three quarter lengths success. The three-year-old looks to be a nice prospect for Jedd O’Keefe, making it two wins from three starts having won on debut at Thirsk last year. He had too much for the rest of field once quickening clear under Jack Garritty, returning as the 3/1 second favourite.
Highland Bobby enjoyed the step up in trip to a mile in the Royal Pigeon Association Handicap as he gained his first success in fine style for David O’Meara. The three-year-old travelled well under Daniel Tudhope and then powered away to put the race to bed. The 5/1 shot won comfortably by two and a half lengths and there should be more progress to come over this distance.
The penultimate race of the day, Division I of the Racing Again On Saturday 5th May Handicap, saw 9/2 chance Mitchum return to winning ways for Ron Barr. The nine-year-old had ground conditions to suit and he kept on strongly under Jamie Gormley to win nicely by two lengths in the end.
Racquet showed a good attitude to land the finale, Division II of the previous handicap, for Ruth Carr as he responded well to a prominent ride by James Sullivan. Sent off at odds of 11/2, the five-year-old was headed over two furlongs out but battled back to regain the lead in the final stages, holding off the runner-up by three quarters of a length.
Our next raceday takes place on Saturday 5th May, when we welcome the Totesport.com Hunt Cup to Wetherby Racecourse for one year only, a fixture transferred from Thirsk Racecourse. The weather forecast looks clear and sunny so join us for another great day of racing!