Last Time Out – Tuesday 20th March
A Summary of the Last Time Out at Wetherby Racecourse – Tuesday 20th March Afternoon Racing
We got the better of the recent bad weather for racing to go ahead!
It was a successful trip to Wetherby for trainer Venetia Williams as she landed the feature race of the day, the class 2 racinguk.com Handicap Hurdle, with Eminent Poet
Eminent Poet was back to the same handicap mark as when he was successful at Haydock to end 2017 and the seven-year-old returned to winning ways here. The 9/2 chance travelled nicely under Charlie Deutsch as the field turned for home before taking over the lead as they entered the straight. He then kept finding more on the run-in and saw off his challengers in good style, winning by two and three quarter lengths going away at the line.
It was also a good day for trainer Philip Kirby as he saddled a double on the card
His first victory came in the opening Follow @racing_uk On Twitter Selling Hurdle as 5/4 favourite Little Bruce ran out an impressive winner. The six-year-old enjoys himself at the course as this was third win at Wetherby, with his last success having been over course and distance. He was positioned up with the pace by leading course conditional Thomas Dowson and easily went clear before the last, going on to win by fifteen lengths.
Kirby’s double was completed by Allmyown in the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Chase and it was another comfortable success for the trainer. The seven-year-old was getting off the mark at the second attempt over fences and looks to have improved for the switch the bigger obstacles. A former point-to-point winner, he was given a front-running ride by Adam Nicol and jumped well throughout the race before going clear two fences from home. The 5/2 shot was not for catching and went on to score by eleven lengths.
Another horse who successfully made all was Sainte Ladylime in the Watch Racing UK In Stunning HD Novices’ Chase
Trained by Kim Bailey, she was gaining reward for her consistency this season having finished runner-up in her three previous starts. She started the campaign over fences but her last three runs had been good efforts over hurdles, including a second to Warren Greatrex’s well-regarded La Bague Au Roi in a Grade 2 at Ascot in January. Returned to chasing the seven-year-old was sent off as the 5/6 favourite and was never headed in the contest under Sean Bowen, staying on well for a three and a quarter lengths success.
Warren Greatrex has to be respected when he sends runners to the course and Final Choice provided him with a winner in the Bet At racinguk.com Handicap Hurdle. The seven-year-old enjoyed the drop back in trip and the reapplied cheekpieces helped him get back to winning ways here. Ben Hicks timed his challenge to lead two hurdles from home and he kept finding more to win by a length and half, returning at the odds of 4/1.
There was an upset in the Visit The All New racinguk.com Novices’ Handicap Hurdle as 25/1 shot Main Fact got the better of a thrilling finish to win by three quarters of a length. The five-year-old had won at Sedgefield on his penultimate start, but had then been pulled-up on his latest run back at the same course. Trained by Dianne Sayer, he put that effort behind him here under a well-judged ride by Colm McCormack as he managed to get the better of joint favourite Lastin’ Memories in the closing stages.
The finale, the Family Fun Raceday – Sunday 29th April Bumper, saw Good Boy Bobby justify his short odds
Victory went to the father and son combination of Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies. The five-year-old was sent off as the 1/2 favourite having won his first two starts before a third-place finish in a strong Listed race at Newbury, behind Anthony Honeyball’s Acey Milan who finished fourth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. Good Boy Bobby made it three wins from four in impressive fashion here, having too much for his rivals as he won by three and three quarter lengths.