We had three consecutive days racing at Southwell last week and there were some very taking displays, particularly in the feature races.
On Tuesday, we had our big race at 4.35, which was a handicap over a mile and three quarters in which the Keith Dalgleish trained Arr’ Kid routed a good field of previous course winners by a heavily eased twelve lengths which means he remains unbeaten on Fibresand.
From Frost was an impressive maiden winner on the card for trainer Andrew Balding and jockey David Probert and looks a horse to follow in the coming weeks. Andrew doubled up with Alumina in the last race, a filly who has now won her last five races, three of which have been at Southwell.
Onto Wednesday and the combination of Eaves and Dalgleish were at it again in one of the better races on the card when Sound Advice drew right away with the mile handicap. The main race of the day though was the seven furlong Ladbrokes Handicap, with a total of £21,000 in the prize money pot, with £13,584.90 going to the winner. Dubai Hills was in the line up hoping to make it course win number eight from just nine starts, but on his first start for David O’Meara he was very disappointing and could only manage fourth behind stablemate Frontier Fighter (pictured) under Danny Tudhope who deserved a big win on Fibresand and certainly got it here, fending off Noble Citizen and Greyfriarschorista late on by a length and a half.
Thursday was a day for the young jockeys of the weighing room with Ali Rawlinson again looking very impressive in riding a double, one for his boss Mick Appleby and one for former Grand National winning jockey Richard Guest, riding Scarborough and Alpha Tauri to victory. Young Rob Fitzpatrick was also among the winners riding Hot Right Now to record another win on the Fibresand for trainer Karl Burke. Trainer Andrew Balding had another easy maiden winner in the shape of Willy Brennan who definitely is a horse to keep the right side of after his seven length rout here.
Now the clocks have gone forwards, it is nearly time for the Southwell Music Evenings, featuring fantastic live music performances after evening race meetings, for more details go to www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk.