Last Time Out: Hunt Cup, Saturday 5th May

16th May 2018

Last Time Out: Saturday 5th May – Hunt Cup

On Saturday 5th May, we welcomed the Hunt Cup to Wetherby Races for one year only as transferred fixture from Thirsk Racecourse. The sun joined us and stuck around for what was a great afternoon of competitive racing!

On an exciting eight race card, it was the Daniel Tudhope/David O’Meara partnership who were to take the first race of the day. The jockey only had to use hands and heels to bring home the 2/1 favourite, Ingleby Hollow, who was a comfortable winner in the Home Of The Placepot Handicap.

It was a lot closer in the next race when Symposing came out on top in a bunched finish for the totepool Cashback Club At Novice Auction Stakes. The Tim Easterby-trained runner had to be switched from the far rail by James Sullivan to make his challenge before finishing strongly to take the race close home, heading the long-time leader Mac Symphonic on the line.

It was Dougie Costello who was onboard the biggest priced winner of the afternoon, Mr Reckless for Jamie Osborne. The competitive £20 Free Bets Handicap had a number of unexposed types in the race and the winner had to battle hard to take it from the consistent Istanbul Sultan trained by William Haggas, who again performed well  as the pair pulled a couple of lengths clear of the rest of the field.

William Haggas was to soon gain compensation for the narrow defeat when Original Choice took the big race of the day the £40,000 HUNT CUP HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2), which had been switched from its usual home at Thirsk. Ridden well by Ben Curtis, he took it up in the final furlong and despite possibly idling in front was always doing enough to take the valuable prize.

It was then the turn of the fillies. Richard Hannon’s Pepita made all in the hands of the promising apprentice Rossa Ryan who judged the race well from the front and also took off a valuable 5lb, which helped her to take the Bet In-Play Fillies’ Handicap by two lengths.

The first division of the totesport Download The App Novice Stakes saw the easiest winner of the afternoon. The Roger Varian trained Fujaira Prince was sent off as the 4/6 favourite, but his supporters never had any worries as he quickened up nicely to win by an impressive six lengths in the hands of Jack Mitchell.

The second division of the totesport Download The App Novice Stakes appeared a slightly more competitive affair with the front three pulling right away from the rest of the field. It was to be the Declan Carroll-trained runner Titus who prevailed by two lengths in the hands of his apprentice Ger O’Neill. After racing keenly early-on, he was ridden to lead a furlong out from his two short-priced Newmarket challengers.

The final race of the afternoon saw the apprentices in action in the @totesport Follow Us On Twitter Apprentice Handicap (Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars) over five and a half furlongs. It was Kieran Schofield who won the day onboard the nine-year-old Imperial Legend, trained by Alan Brown, as he kept on well  to take the race by two lengths.

Our next raceday is our Ladies’ Evening fixture, on Wednesday 6th June. Join us for an evening of fashion, fizz and fillies and take part in our Best Dressed competition which is offering a prize worth over £800 to the winner, sponsored by Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Leeds. Pre-book online for our special pre-booking discounts, this is an evening not to be missed!