Nigel Hawke is having his best season so far in terms of prize money and winners, and his stable star Anay Turge won for the second consecutive time here at Southwell on Monday, under young conditional Kieron Edgar in the novice hurdle over two miles. He won at Cheltenham over fences earlier on in the season but has reverted to the brush hurdles at Southwell to really good effect and will now head back to Cheltenham for the Festival in early March for either the Grand Annual over fences or the County Hurdle.
Jockey Richard Johnson topped and tailed the card with wins aboard The Last Bridge in the opening race trained by Richard’s mum Susan, before he won the last race aboard the well backed Whispering Harry for former jockey Henry Oliver. There was also a first winner back from injury for rider Jeremiah McGrath as he steered Farbreaga to win for Jamie Poulton in the staying handicap chase off top weight, staying on well to win by three and a quarter lengths.
The most taking winner for the future though was the Martin Keighley trained Flementime, although she wasn’t the easiest 4/6 winner you’ll ever see, she will be a force to be reckoned with next season when she goes over fences as her trainer rates her very highly indeed.
We were Flat racing here on Tuesday, and Abi Scarlet recorded her fifth win from six starts on the Fibresand in the feature race, a six furlong handicap. This five year old mare is right back to her best at present and definitely has a liking for the Fibresand. Another horse who certainly took to the Fibresand was Bretherton, who won at the fifth time of asking in the six furlong maiden under Graham Lee, who doubled up with Blades Lad, by nine lengths.
Our next meeting is on Sunday afternoon, with a seven race All-Weather Championship flat card beginning at 1.35, with ticket details and much more at www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk.