The return of Jumps racing made a slightly early but a very welcome return at Market Rasen in Lincolnshire for a six race evening meeting.
It was also the last of the “Rasen Rocks” meetings as somebody called James Arthur who won an overrated tv talent show that apparently helps raise funds for a media mogul whilst dumbing down music at the same time.
Jumps racing though is what the evening was all about and it was good to see the horse box park full of lorries from old familiar stables.
Below,The warriors arrive.
4.55 The Watch RacingUK on Sky Channel 432 Novices Hurdle,Class 4,2m1f,8 flights,4yo+
An easy enough win here for the 5yo Satanic Beat who jumped out and made all to hold off fellow rival Chesterfield the ex Godolphin horse who is being reinvented as a jumper.
The start seemed a bit untidy as the they were thirty lengths front to back after the first flight and some of the jumping was a bit untidy by a few of these.
Satanic Beat did what he had to do,Chesterfield ran a sound race getting best only by 1.25 lengths but can win again soon, one who caught the eye was the Charlie Pogson trained Countersign, an ex bumper horse he will be suited by further in time and when he gets a handicap rating.
5.25 The New RacingUK Anywhere Available Now Novices Hurdle,Class 4,2m5f,10 flight,4yo+
Only six in this with a couple coming back off long layoffs.
This was a simple job done by Factor Fifty under Adam Nicol (5) who followed joint favourite The Nephew and Richie McLernon before taking over at the second last flight in the straight and after that it was just a case of keep him up to his work to win his first hurdle at the third attempt, he enjoyed the step up in trip and could follow up in a similar contest around the north.
The Nephew will be better back over fences while Brave Spartacus back in third should come on for the run as will Awbeg Massini even though he was pulled up.
6.00 The Watch On 3 Devices racinguk.com/anywhere Handicap Chase,Class 4,3m1f,17 fences,4yo+ (0-115)
Quite a fairly competitive race for the grade with a few last time out winners and some on tumbling marks.
Old Pals Act from Jonjo O’Neill and under the command of jockey Richie McLernon took the spoils under a nice patient ride,tracking the lead throughout he was in command after two out and despite going out to his right at the last fence he stuck on right upto the line to record his second win over fences, this was his second win at the course so seems to like the Lincolnshire air, he could be a type for those Satellite Nationals later on.
Strumble Head made most of the running until headed three out,he has been paying his way since 2010 and always runs an honest race, Quinsman was third, he won at Worcester in July off 103 and looks to struggling off this mark of 112.
The rest of the field were stretched out across the county.
Below,Old Pals Act has a well earned drink
6.30 Rum ‘N’ Rasen Handicap Chase,Class 4,2m4f,17 fences,4yo+ (0-120)
Just four in this race and all eyes were on the Emma Lavelle trained The Last Night who won his two starts over fences last season at Leicester and Kempton.
To be fair he started off ok and was leading over the first four fences with Quobilai keeping him company,however coming into the straight for the first time he made mistakes at the three fences which cost him dear as he lost his position which prompted him to drop the bit and sulk before getting pulled up by Richie McLernon at the end of the back straight.
At the business end Qoubilai was still infront but bottom weight Tregaro under Brian Hughes followed his every hoof until leading over the last and despite idling on the run in he had enough in hand.
7.00 Rasen The Roof Handicap Hurdle,Class 4,2m1f,8 flights,4yo+ (0-120)
The result to this race should be treated with caution.
A real calamitous finish to this race, the pace was steady to begin the going down the back jockey Andrew Tinkler on the favourite and Nicky Henderson trained mare Springinherstep moved her from the back to be the leader and turning for home she was still on the bridle and going like the winner.
However this is jumps racing and nothing is ever guaranteed as she came down the the second last flight while being five lengths ahead and she in turn meant Tiradia and Dealing River also came to grief and also Travis County got hampered which ended up with him being pulled up.
All this carnage led to Minella Definitely being gifted the lead under Daryl Jacob who had plenty in hand over the only other finisher My Guardian Angel.
I am happy to say that all horses and jockeys got up safely after the race finished.
7.30 The James Arthur On Next Mares’ Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race,Class 6,2m1f,4-6yo Fillies and Mares.
A very likeable debut win for the Peter Niven trained and Daryl Jacob ridden Pixiepot who was always well to the fore and took over the lead with two furlongs to go and got the better of the previously raced favourite Ethelwyn who made good headway during the race but could not make up the two and a quarter lengths difference between them.
One to note from this was the Donal McCain trained Carrigeen Lantana who cost £45,000 after winning her Mares Maiden Point in Ireland back in May,she traveled well but will come into her own when being sent up in trip and over timber in mares races.
Pixiepot is nicely bred and it would be no shock to see her on the flat next year after a winter over hurdles,another bumper will no doubt be the next target after this.
Below,Pixiepot and connections.
A lovely easing back into the world of NH racing then,obviously it’s still a while before the really big races arrive but it’s always good to get the eye in early.
This Saturday coming it’s possibly my last flat meeting of the season with the Group One Haydock Sprint Cup bringing some of the countries speedster to the fore.
Till then thanks for reading and keep Retweeting and spreading the word.