188BET kindly sponsored the 6 race card and racegoers were treated to glorious sunshine and a dry day at High Yarridge for the second March meeting held on Tuesday 28th march.
'Hattons Hill' took the 3m 'Super league Betting At 188BT Handicap Chase' scoring for the second time in 12 days at the track, in the hands of Jamie Hamilton. The 8 year-old travelled close to the pace throughout the race and took up the lead just before the last from the strong travelling 'Gibstown' who was bidding to win the race for the 3rd time, trained in Ireland by Paul Stafford. With only 1 ¾ length separating the first two they were well clear of the Rose Dobbin trained 'Smugglers Stash' who stayed on for third.
The last race of the day 'Live Casino At 188BET Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race' was won very easily by 'Baracalu' coming home 30 Length’s in front of 'Teescomponents Lad'. The winner trained by Sandy Thompson and ridden by Ryan Nichol took the lead early on and never saw another rival. This was a very good performance coming back to the track off a 359 day layoff.
The 'Premier League Darts At 188BET National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle' went to the Ian Jardine trained 'Bruichladdich' ridden by Henry Brooke for the owners 'Distillery Racing Club'. This was Ian Jardine’s only runner of the day and the gelding went past long time leader 'Storm Leader' on the run in to win by a length with 'Well Above Par' a further 1 ¼ length away back in third.
The big race of the day the £10000 188BET Handicap Hurdle run over 2m 4f was won by the Peter Winks trained 'Modulus' ridden by his son Ryan. The gelding was winning for his fourth time out of 5 runs and had a ding dong battle up the run in with the well backed 'Barrys Jack' trained by Brian Ellison. The Irish raider 'Dubai Devils' took third spot a further 2 ¼ length down.
'Orioninverness' ridden by Stephen Mulqueen and trained by Lucinda Russell was a 5 length winner of the 2m4f Handicap Chase. Taking the lead just before the last the winner stayed on to hold off 'Under The Red Sky' trained by Kenny Johnson with 'Verko' who was outpaced before the last taking third spot.
Brian Harding's only ride of the day ran out a very easy winner of the '188BET.co.uk Novices Hurdle' run over 3m. 'King of Fashion' won by 36 lengths from the Donald McCain trained 'Pinch of Ginger'.
Hexham Racecourse held the first meeting of 2017 on Thursday 16th March known as Cheltenham Day, 188BET who are new sponsors to Hexham were responsible for sponsoring the whole card and are also kindly sponsoring the next meeting which is due to take place Tuesday 28th March.
A fine but blustery day greeted racegoers when they arrived at the course for the 7 race card and those attending were treated to some exciting racing.
2016 leading trainer Lucinda Russell started the 2017 campaign well with a double on the card. Her first winner on the day came in the 3 mile 188BET Handicap Hurdle with "Bescot Springs" ridden by Alexander Thorne prevailing by ¾ length from Nick Alexander’s "The Bishop" and "Darsi Dancer" in third place. The 12-year-old was held up in touch for most of the race before making steady headway to chase the leader before the last, overhauling "The Bishop" on the run in. "Settledoutofcourt" took the next race for Lucinda the 188BET Premier League Darts Handicap Chase run over 4 miles. Ridden by Stephen Mulqueen. Jumped out in front from the off "Settledoutofcourt" made all over the long trip and just held on beating "Lakefield Rebel" trained by Harry Hogarth by a neck, with Ian Jardine’s "Sevenballs of Fire" a further 4 ¼ lengths back in third.
First race of the day, the 188BET Conditional Jockeys’ Mares Handicap Hurdle run over 2 miles went to "My Little Cracker" ridden by Ross Chapman. Taking up the running before the last, the winner stayed on well to score by 2 ¼ lengths from "Hurricane Rita" with "Miss Joeking" 15 lengths back in third. The winner was trained by Ian Jardine for Paul and Claire Rooney who were celebrating a winner at Cheltenham the previous day.
The 188BET Novices Handicap Chase run over 3 miles was won by "Hattons Hill" ridden by Jamie Hamilton for Harry Hogarth. Going into the lead just before the winning post overhauling "Kanturk Bank" the long-time leader and scoring by 1 ¾ length’s, the first two finished 13 lengths ahead of third placed "Smuggler’s Stash" trained by Rose Dobbin.
Last year’s leading jockey Brian Hughes got on to the scoresheet when guiding home "ACDC" for Chris Grant in the 2 ½ mile 188BET "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle. The favourite in the race was always going well and went into the lead before the last and went clear on the run in to win by 3 ¼ length’s from "Floramoss" trained by Gillian Boanas and "Haul Us In" ridden by Blair Campbell in third.
After riding two second’s and a third Sam Coltherd finally got on the scoresheet when riding "Achill Road Boy" for his father to take the last race, the 188BET Novices Handicap hurdle run over 2 miles 4 furlongs.
The winner dug in deep to get the better of "Knocknamona" who went off the 5/4 favourite by 4 lengths.
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