Warwick Races, Friday 25th February 2022, Budbrooke Cup Day

Cup Success For Guye

A decent sized crowd took advantage of the reduced £5 entry fee for Fiver Friday to cheer on Espoir De Guye home as he recovered from a very shaky start to land the £15,609 first prize feature race, The Feldon Dunsmore Budbrooke Cup.

Ducking away at the start he recovered under the kind steerage of jockey Charlie Deutsch and apart from an error at the fourth fence he gathered himself together to runaway a seven lenght victor from Alnadam back in second place.

It’s highly possible he will bypass Cheltenham but could be aimed for something like the Topham Trophy at Aintree over the National fences and provided he doesn’t make the same mistakes again he could have a say in the matter.

Espoir De Guye

Best Of The Rest

The Stuart Edmunds stable had a nice winner in the 2m3f EBF NH Novice Hurdle as Arizona Cardinal finally landed a touchdown under Sam Twiston-Davies, although probably not a strong race he held on nicely from runner up Hauraki Gulf to land the spoils by a neck.

Arizona Cardinal

Trainer Cynthia Woods who trains in Crowborough which is south of Royal Tunbridge Wells was very much unlike all the inhabitants who write to complain from being disgusted to the Daily Mail as she was over the moon as Glorious Lady got up under a power packed drive by Tabitha Worsley to bag the Mares’ Chase which was also a qualifier for the Challenger Mares’ Chase Final at Haydock on Easter Saturday, she will probably have a crack at the final but this win will hopefully help launch the Cynthia Woods stable who has only held a full licence since the start of the season.


Finally in the concluding mares’ bumper which looked pretty decent on paper saw Lutinebella finally break his duck at the fourth time asking under Paddy Brennan for Fergal O’Brien, she has acquitted herself well in both starts this season and now with the win under her belt could take in either another small bumper or have a crack at the Grade 2 Mares’ Bumper at Aintree but she should make into a nice hurdler next season

A short break from racing for a while now, Aintree will be the next port of call here although circumstances will depend on which days will be covered, Thursday will definitely be reviewed so stay tuned in April to see what occurs, till then enjoy Cheltenham and keep backing winners.

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