Friday, 30 March 2012

The week in racing

REVE Du Jour gave Newark-based trainer Alan McCabe a welcome victory in the Free Betting Offers At Handicap when justifying favouritism under jockey Jimmy Fortune.

Sent off a 2-1 chance, the three-year-old filly broke smartly and made all in the Class 5 contest over six furlongs to score by 1½ lengths.

Earlier on the card, trainer Kevin Ryan and rider Phillip Makin combined with evens favourite Clayton, who ran his rivals into the ground on his first visit to a racecourse in the Maiden Stakes.

Young claimer Darren Edward Egan continues to make a good impression and he fired in another winner aboard 16-1 shot My New Angel in the opening Apprentice Handicap of the day.

Trans Sonic was by far the most clear cut winner of the day when bolting up in the seller under a motionless Daniel Tudhope ride. David O’Meara’s inmate certainly won like an odds on horse should when romping to a 12 length success from nearest challenger Jordaura.

Jo Hughes and Robbie Fitzpatrick were in the winner’s enclosure after Wicked Wench pulled out a little bit extra to beat his rivals over five furlongs. And there was no keeping the all-conquering Mark Johnston down at Southwell, and Southern State gave him and regular rider Joe Fanning yet another winner this year.

Favourite backers will have been grateful for the winner of the lucky last when First In Command followed up his win at the track a week earlier with victory in the Dine In The Pantry Handicap.

Plans are in full swing for the track’s Countryside Evening on Friday 20th April, which promises to be packed full of entertainment and top quality jumps racing. Visit for further details.

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