There is a very competitive eight race jumps card at Southwell on Thursday afternoon with a host of big name jockeys and trainers out in force.
The opening race at 1.30 is a novices handicap chase over three miles in which the top weight Frontier Vic will be popular for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and jockey Ryan Hatch.
At 2.00, the John Mackie trained Inandover will try and repeat his success from twelve months ago in this very contest, a three and a quarter mile handicap chase but may have his work cut out by What A Good Night, who won with a bit in hand at Uttoxeter a week ago for Dan and Harry Skelton.
In the Bramley Apple Handicap Chase at 2.30, after which a Bramley Apple tree is handed to the winning owners, Molko Jack, trained by Michael Mullineaux also bids for a second consecutive win in the race, and he is ridden by the same jockey as last year, Kielan Woods. His main opposition may come from Gizzit, the recent Stratford scorer ridden by Andrew Thornton, who really excels at Southwell.
The first hurdle race of the day comes up at 3.00, and it looks a very nice novices hurdle as well. Big trainers such as Jonjo O’Neill, Sue Smith, Alan King, Charlie Longsdon and Tom George all have representatives. The Alan King runner McCabe Creek, who was thought good enough to contest a ‘bumper’ on Grand National day at Aintree is possibly the one to beat, although A Good Beat, Tom George’s runner ridden by Paddy Brennan, who rode a treble on this card last year, is a big danger after a very nice introduction to rules racing in a bumper at Worcester recently.
There are two divisions of the national hunt Flat race at 4.40 and 5.10 and they look really interesting heats, with Nicky Henderson and David Pipe both having runners in the first division, Magna Cartor and Susie Sheep respectively. In the second division John Ferguson sends Kev The Car from his Newmarket base to run under very useful conditional Jack Quinlan.
As mentioned, first race is at 1.30, with a preview of the card starting just before 1pm with raceday presenter Will Bowler being joined by commentator Mark Johnson and William Hill radio’s Dave Massey. For more information, visit www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk.