Something popular weighs in with a win
Sing Something, trained by Christa Gilbert and ridden by evergreen Mattie Batchelor, was a popular winner of the main event, the Millbrook Liberation Handicap, at Sunday’s meeting at Les Landes.
Opposed in the market by Swiss Cross, trained by Phil McEntee and ridden by star apprentice Nicola Currie, the two dominated the race as they dominated the betting and they fought out the finish well clear of the rest. Enjoying a 12 lb weight advantage, the local horse was two lengths too good for the raider with Order Of Service seven lengths back in third.
It was the high spot in an otherwise disappointing day for the champion trainer who had to withdraw three runners, two of which were likely favourites, due to minor setbacks, and Captain James proved a disappointing favourite in the last.
The card opened with the Koka Fast Handicap Hurdle in which Hawaiian Freeze gave James Moon a perfect record for the day, one runner, one winner. The mare, now five times victorious at Les Landes was well ridden by Richard Condon who had flown in for the one ride.
Gabster was a popular winner of the Jersey Bookmakers’ Handicap in the colours of Lavender Racing, a small group of enthusiasts led by Jannine Davies. Jannine has been a stalwart of the Race Club for many years and deserved this success. Gabster maintained the good form of Karl Kukk and Paddy Aspell.
The Cheffins at the Beaumont Inn Handicap fell to Benoordenhout on whom Paddy Pilley put up 2 lb overweight. It didn’t make much difference as the Tony Le Brocq-trained gelding had three lengths to spare at the line ahead of Lastmanlastround who was trying to double up Monday’s win at L’Ancresse.
Richard Guest, owner of Lastmanlastround, was compensated in the last race, the Bloodstock Advisory Services Handicap, when his Tellovoi, which he also trains and was well ridden by Philip Prince, just got the better of Grey Panel by a head in the best finish of the day.
It was also a big day for Grace McEntee who has recently graduated as an amateur jockey from the British Racing School at Newmarket and was having her first ride in a race. On the relatively unfancied Malaysian Boleh trained by her father she finished an excellent third of nine on an afternoon she will long remember.
So, the day finished with four to one the score in favour of the home side. This was an additional meeting put on to replace the abandoned Easter fixture and although it took place in fine weather the attendance was disappointing.
The Race Club will be hoping for better for the Warwick Vase fixture on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May.