The three day Beer Festival at Southwell came to a close on Sunday evening, and yet again plenty came to enjoy the racing together with a fantastic range of different beers to enjoy, courtesy of our Beer Festival partners, Navigation Brewery.
Friday included an All-Weather Championship card with eight races, and the first race winner, Slinky McVelvet, couldn’t have won much easier, making all of the running for jockey Andrew Mullen to score by eighteen lengths for trainer Garry Moss. Newmarket trainer John Gosden doesn’t send too many runners up to run on the Fibresand, and that was arguably a tip in itself as Westminster went on to score quite readily in the mile maiden for Robert Havlin. However, the star performer on the day was jockey Hayley Turner who rode a double on Tatting in the feature race, and the well-backed Yasir, both coming from the rear of the field amidst the kickback, showing her strength to get both those mounts home in front.
Saturday presented another All-Weather Championship card with seven good races, and yet again just like Friday, the first race went to jockey Andrew Mullen, but under very different circumstances as his mount George Benjamin had to be driven the whole way after he dwelt coming out of the stalls, but he came widest of all into the home straight and eventually won by a length. Mullen and trainer Mick Appleby later recorded a double with Bonnie Fairy’s victory in the nursery (pictured below).
There were two very easy winners on the card, Pravda Street in the selling stakes by nine lengths and Crow Down in the mile and a half maiden under Luke Morris who won by eight lengths in the colours of trainer Charlie’s dad Barry Hills.
Finally on Sunday, it was the turn of the jumpers and it was the unbeaten Red Sherlock (pictured below) who was the star attraction making his hurdles debut under Tom Scudamore. He did it well, winning by a very easy fourteen lengths. Bigger targets are now on his agenda and will hopefully be able to play a part in Festival trials over the coming months. Michael Appleby had a winner on Friday, two on Saturday and to top it off, even had a winner on Sunday over the jumps as Beyeh and Jonathan England ran out ready winners of the mares handicap hurdle.
With a very busy schedule over the Christmas period, the best place to keep in touch with the dates and times of the meeting are on the website, www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk.