Last Time Out – Thursday 29th March: Wear A Hat Day
Our Wear A Hat Day last Thursday invited racegoers to wear a hat in support of Brain Tumour Research! We were joined by Will’s Way Charity who sported some fantastic hats and held a raffle on the day.
Hat-trick at Wetherby for Micky Hammond
We were treated to some exhilarating action on the track at our Wear A Hat Day as trainer Micky Hammond enjoyed a successful meeting with a treble on the card!
Hammond gained his first success in fine style as he saddled the 1-2-3 in the Sixt Rent A Car Drive Smug Handicap Chase
It was the outsider of the trio Applaus who landed the contest at odds of 11/1, benefitting from a change of headgear with cheekpieces replacing the visor. The six-year-old had won on his only previous visit to the course in a bumper earlier in his career and bounced back to form this time around. He showed a good attitude under Sean Quinlan to battle back after being headed on the straight, finding extra on the run-in to get the better of stablemate Caraline by a length and a quarter, with Roxyfet finishing third.
The trainer made it a quick-fire double as Allfredandnobell caused a 25/1 upset in the following Bulloughs Cleaning Services Handicap
He returned to form with a visor applied for the first time and under a positive ride by Joe Colliver. However, he was fortunate to the land the victory as the favourite fell at the last when six lengths clear. The five-year-old had to take advantage though and he stayed on well to see off the rest of the field by three and a quarter lengths.
Hammond completed his treble in the finale, the Racing Again On Friday 6th April Handicap Hurdle, as Witness gained his first win since joining the trainer from France
Witness had been successful a couple of times on the other side of the Channel and won his first British race in commanding fashion by four lengths here. The 5/1 chance was given a patient ride by Miss Becky Smith and timed his challenge to lead approaching the last, before seeing out the race strongly to draw clear of his rivals.
The feature race of the day, the Get Daily Tips At racinguk.com Handicap Chase, was won by 14/1 shot Gonalston Cloud who bounced back to form for trainer Nick Kent.
The admirable eleven-year-old was back to down to his last winning handicap mark and took advantage for a three and quarter lengths success. He was given a positive ride by Adam Wedge, always up with the pace before pushing on as they turned into the home straight. However, he was challenged at the last but dug deep to see off his rival on the run-in.
The only winning favourite on the card was the Warren Greatrex-trained Bob Mahler in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Novices’ Hurdle, who returned at the odds of 4/6
It was a comfortable winning margin of four lengths in the end, but it wasn’t the most straightforward of rides for champion jockey Richard Johnson. The six-year-old had gone clear with two obstacles left to jump but he then started wandering about on the approach to the last. This allowed 40/1 shot Hills Of Connemara to catch up, but then the market leader responded to the pressure and kept on again despite hanging right in the closing stages.
Victory went to Cosy Club for Dan Skelton in the Brain Tumour Research Juvenile Maiden Hurdle
There was an odds-on favourite beaten in the opening BGC Racing Supporting Brain Tumour Research Juvenile Maiden Hurdle as Cosy Club gained his first win since joining the Dan Skelton yard at the second attempt. The 5/4 second favourite was held up by Harry Skelton and travelled nicely into contention down the home straight. He then ran on after the last to get the better of the market leader by a length.
The longest winning margin of the day came in the Wear A Hat Day Supporting Brain Tumour Research Selling Hurdle
Rock Of Leon came home an impressive nineteen lengths clear. Trained by Philip Kirby, the seven-year-old was given a prominent ride by Nathan Moscrop and was not for catching once forging ahead before the last. He returned at the odds of 4/1.