Le Brocq’s day at Les Landes

Le Brocq’s day at Les Landes

The Bob Froome Channel Islands Champion Hurdle over two miles one furlong featured seven runners – the largest field for many years, but one missing pre-race favourite Jaskini.

Darmont and Passing Strangers took up the early running at a steady pace with Susejebha close up.

Midnight Coup under Paul Holley pushed on into the lead on the far side and quickly led by three to four lengths, as Off Minor was pulled up by Adam Jones because his saddle was slipping.

On the far side Out On A Promise took over in front under Vince Slattery, with Holley now hard at work on Midnight Coup, as Susejebha dropped out of contention.

Passing Strangers was now beginning to run on well while Midnight Coup was responding to Holley’s encouragement.

Out On A Promise jumped the last well and in a driving finish stayed on well to win by one and a half lengths from the game Midnight Coup, with Passing Strangers ridden by Ross Studholme a further two lengths back in third.

This was the start of what was going to be a marvellous afternoon for trainer Joan Le Brocq who had four winners – and probably uniquely, all ridden by different jockeys.The second race was the CI Stock Exchange Handicap over five furlongs 100 yards, and was contested by six runners.

Highland Flight and Johayro were vying for favouritism following decent runs at the last meeting and it was these two who broke well after two false starts, and a hot pace ensued.

Vince Smith pushed Highland Flight into a two-lengths lead as the field turned into the home straight but Johayro under Slattery, Montev Lady and Little Bluebell were beginning their challenges.

Inside the last two furlongs Arry Martin also started to run on well and in a bunch finish, as Highland Flight faded rapidly, Arry Martin stormed through under Martin Edwards to win by a neck from Johayro, with Montev Lady the same distance away in third.The 3.40 was the Investec Bank Ltd Handicap over seven furlongs, and seven runners lined up following the withdrawal of Woodlands.

Leonora Truce and Hush Money made the early running with The Gay Fox and Catcando close up, with the rest of the field following in Indian file.

As they hurtled round the final turn and straightened up for home Slattery pushed for home on Leonora Truce, but was immediately challenged by The Gay Fox with Rachael Powell aboard, and Hush Money who was running on well.

Sky Of Hope under Tony Proctor was storming up the stands rail though and in a very tight finish just got up to win by half a length from Hush Money ridden by Thierry Richer, with Leonora Truce a length back in third.The penultimate race of the day was the Jacksons Handicap over a mile and a half, and six runners went to post.

Newcomer to Jersey racing, Vrubel, who had run well in the UK recently, was made a strong favourite to win on his Jersey debut.

Palala River under Studholme cut out the early pace, closely attended by Compassionate, with the remainder tightly grouped on the first circuit.

Richer picked up the pace on Bold Enough and pushed on over on the far side and as they entered the home straight all six still had chances.

Criollo was running on well but the two finishing best of all were Palala River and Bold Enough who had a ding-dong battle up the run-in, and they flashed past the post together.

After a fair amount of deliberation the judge decided the pair were inseparable and declared a dead-heat, with Compassionate finishing third under Ray McGhin four lengths back.The final race was the Guernsey Race Club Handicap over nine furlongs.

The biggest field of the day went to post and the betting was wide open with Guernsey raider Piccata just favourite at around 3/1 from the 12 runners.

Eyes To The Right took up the early running, going some ten lengths in front of Strath Fillan and the rest of the field.

Snow Lark, who had thrown Kevin Bradshaw at the start of her last race, was again being obstinate, virtually refusing to race and being pulled up after a couple of furlongs.

On the far side Princess Danielle and Warrior’s Path closed right up as Eyes To The Right began to fade and, swinging into the home straight, Warrior’s Path under Studholme went on, but Reliably Won, Twist and Last Eclipse were beginning their challenges.

At the distance Reliably Won under McGhin took up the lead but Twist, ridden by Joanna Badger, was running on tenaciously and got up in the last stride to win by a neck from Reliably Won with Last Eclipse with Proctor aboard five lengths away in third.The Jersey Derby meeting is on Sunday 27 July, first race at 2.30 pm.

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