How did My Racing Results get on at the weekend? Quite well as it happens, two big priced winners in Saturday’s Channel 4 broadcast making it a worthwhile weekend.
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21st March 2015 – Newbury 14:35 – Winner at 9/1
Charlie Longsdon’s Kalane picked up the Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle Finale over 2m,5f following her triumph in the Southwell qualifier back in October.
The six-year-old finished over three lengths ahead of second placed Hannah’s Princess to give us our first winner of the afternoon. Nicky Henderson’s favourite Spartan Angel completed in third.
Kalane was towards the rear for the lion’s share of the race, jockey Noel Fehily defying instructions from his trainer to ride her handily. It was a gamble that seemed to pay off, however, as the horse took the lead over the second-last and managed to stay on despite a number of runners, about half, all having some sort of chance just before the last.
Longsdon told reporters after the race of the initial trouble he had had with his Paul Murphy mare.
‘It’s been a serious team effort from our end.
‘She got a leg injury in France before she came to us and Paul told me we would never get her to the racecourse. We did and she won first time out, and Noel [Fehily] said then that she was a seriously nice mare and to go for the mares’ final.’
21st March 2015 – Newbury 15:10 – Winner at 8/1
Newbury preceded the running of the Ultimate Business Solutions Silver Jubilee Handicap Chase with a procession lead by Mark Bradstock’s novice Gold Cup winner Coneygree.
Just moments later Bradstock reminded the racing world of his capabilities by saddling the winner of the Silver Jubilee handicap, 12-year-old Carruthers.
The former three-time Gold Cup entrant defied being the joint-oldest nag in the field and being near the head of the weights to hold off David Pipe’s second placed Amigo by a neck.
Our tip, a former fancy for the Midlands National, was disinterested in the opening stages, failing to pick up the bridle and hanging off the tail of the main body of the field. This is in stark contrast to the front-running style usually enjoyed by the horse.
The son of Kayf Tara soon got the message, kicked into gear by Nico De Boinville to take a share of the lead before the fifth fence. Indeed a good performance from the young jockey saw Carruthers remain at the head of affairs even when hitting something of a flat spot half way round.
Speaking after the race Carruthers’ trainer praised his resilience, ‘He doesn’t know how to give up. He’s been going seriously well at home and it was horrendous ground at Uttoxeter which was why we took him [out of the Midlands National].’
Bradstock told reporters that he was ‘unsure’ as to whether his elder statesman of the track would continue racing next year, bringing up the possibility of point-to-pointing.