It was a case of second time lucky for trainer Tom Tate and Kudu Country at Southwell after the six-year-old powered to victory in the Golf And Racing At Southwell Novices’ Chase. Last seen when beaten a short head over course and distance in early January, Kudu Country proved far too classy for L’Eldorado and Nosecond Chance in the two-mile contest.
Young jockey Joseph Cornwall sprung a bit of a surprise aboard That’s The Deal in the opening handicap chase on Wednesday. The 6-1 chance got the better of leading market principals Milgen Bay and Ring Bo Ree, who was looking to follow up his Southwell success a fortnight earlier for trainer Tom George.
Raphiell did however justify favouritism for rider Charlie Poste in the Follow Southwell Racecourse On Twitter Handicap Chase. Robin Dickin’s Inmate jumped into the lead three fences out and kept on well to hold Hever Road, who finished two-and-three-quarter lengths back in second.
The maiden hurdle went to Wordy’s Boy who bounced back from a disappointing showing in a slightly hotter novice event at Doncaster last time. And the handicap hurdle was won by Lucy Wadham’s representative Wiesentraum who saw out the three mile trip the best.
Philip Kirby’s Royal Entourage was found to be lame after finishing fourth at the course three runs back. However this time, pilot Kyle James could afford to ease down towards the finish in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, such was the nature of the seven-year-old gelding’s victory.
And there was joy for Lambourn handler Oliver Sherwood and connections when Jeano De Toulouse scored in the concluding National Hunt Flat Race over a trip of two miles.
Southwell stages racing on both Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th March next week and customers will be able to catch every bit of action from the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival live on the television screens at the racecourse.