Local trainer Alan McCabe, who is based at Averham Park alongside fellow trainer David Brown, always supports Southwell with a lot of his horses running on the Fibresand over the course of the year, and he had a very successful night on Monday with both of his two runners returning home victorious.
The first part of the double came in the classified stakes when recent debutant scorer Red Primo maintained his unbeaten run with any amount in hand by eight lengths from Under Approval. The double was completed in the feature race of the night as outsider Tasrih sprung a bit of a surprise to lower the colours of course winners Realize, Greyfriarschorista and also Kung Hei Fat Choy who threw down a stern challenge to the winner right the way to the line and were within three quarters of a length come the post. Both horses were ridden by Ben Curtis and owned by Craig and Maureen Buckingham.
“Girl Power” was also in the winners enclosure as trainer Ruth Carr trained the well backed Meshardal to an easy victory under James Sullivan, reversing form with twelve year old veteran Doctor Hillary who beat him last time they met. Jockey Laura Barry also was among the winners aboard Dynastic who won nicely after pulling hard early on for trainer Tony Coyle.
Sam Spade and General Tufto had a cracking battle up the home straight in the opening mile handicap with Derek Shaw’s Sam Spade just coming out on top under stable jockey Dale Swift. The pair pulled seven lengths clear of the remainder which goes to show what a titanic tussle they had.
Royal Connoisseur was a very skinny price at 1/3 to break his maiden at the fifth attempt but was overhauled by Wildcat Lass, who put her previous run at the course and the fillies allowance to good use and scampered away to win by five lengths. In the other maiden on the card, another filly put her track nous to good use and this time justified odds on favouritism, and that was the Olly Stevens trained Pearl Princess who destroyed her rivals by eleven lengths.
We have three meetings coming up in May, the first of which on Thursday 8th May, and the racecourse team hope to see you then. For more information, visit www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk.