A crowd of over 8000 people attended our annual Ladies Day on Sunday and it was a record crowd for the racecourse. Despite some squally showers at times, the ladies weren't put off from coming out in their finery to enjoy a great day’s racing, plus a John Lewis fashion show and The Take That Experience who performed after racing.
As for the racing, it was the 19 time champion jockey AP McCoy who once again was the star of the show with a treble on the card, starting off in the opening race when West End destroyed his four rivals in the three mile handicap chase for trainer Kim Bailey who is part of an elite group of trainers to have won the Champion Hurdle, Gold Cup and Grand National as a trainer. His owner Dan Hall had flown in to watch his horse win and was certainly a very happy man afterwards as he welcomed West End into the winner’s enclosure for his first career win.
The second leg of the McCoy treble came for his boss JP McManus and Jonjo O’Neill in the feature £25000 handicap chase at 3.00 when winning on Dursey Sound who came from last to first and landed a few tidy bets in the process as he was 8/1 in the morning and returned at 7/2. There were four in with a chance between the last two fences as Dursey Sound kicked a couple of lengths clear before clouting the last and giving half a chance to Tindaro, but McCoy galvanised his mount to win by a length at the line.
Houston Dynimo completed the treble for trainer David Pipe and delighted an emotional owner, Susie Hartnell, who couldn’t believe her horse had won on his first start in her ownership.
Aalim took the feature hurdle race after a stewards enquiry for Denis O’Regan and John Ferguson after holding off two fast finishers in the shape of Capellanus and King Boru.
There were also wins for Hallings Comet in a very eventful novice chase, Sureness in the mares novices hurdle and also Kilfinichen Bay in the last race on his first start for trainer Charlie Longsdon.
The final Summer Music Evening takes place at the racecourse on Wednesday with live music from Dino Baptise Duo following an all-weather race fixture. Visit www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk for more information and to make a raceday booking.