Musselburgh’s National Hunt meeting has been abandoned because of a frozen track.
It’s Jennifer will be a rare French raider at Aintree next weekend in the Virgin Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences. While it is unusual to see a horse trained in France line up at the Liverpool track, seeing the name Carberry next to one of the contenders could not be more familiar.
Aso may make his next appearance in the Fitzdares Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon. The Venetia Williams-trained nine-year-old won competitive handicaps at Newbury and Cheltenham last season – and returned to Prestbury Park in March to beat all bar Frodon in the Ryanair Chase.
If You Say Run is on course for Doncaster’s Yorkshire Silver Vase Mares’ Chase at the end of this month. The Paul Nicholls trained-mare was a decisive winner on her chasing debut, triumphing by six lengths in a novice contest at Worcester when 4-6 favourite.
Honeysuckle destroyed a high-class field in the Baroneracing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse to remain unbeaten in the process. Despite the ratings suggesting she had a mountain to climb against the likes of Apple’s Jade, Bacardys and Penhill, she was still sent off the 9-10 favourite.
An electric round of jumping saw Fakir D’oudairies win the Baroneracing.com Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse – where Samcro capsized at the second last when still upsides. Joseph O’Brien’s four-year-old was in receipt of 8lb from his rivals and looked a natural on his chasing debut. As a result, Mark Walsh had no qualms in setting off in front on Fakir D’oudairies.
Envoi Allen maintained the perfect start to his career with a smart display to beat stablemate Abacadabras in the Baroneracing.com Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Winner of the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last season, Gordon Elliott’s five-year-old had also since scored on his hurdling debut at Down Royal.
Joseph O’Brien dominated the Eur 30 Free Bet Baroneracing.com Juvenile Hurdle, with Cerberus holding off stablemate A Wave Of The Sea. The two had met back in October when only a neck separated them – with A Wave Of The Sea coming out on top, before being subsequently bought by JP McManus.
Haydock’s Unibet Champion Hurdle Trial is likely to be the next target for surprise Fighting Fifth winner Cornerstone Lad. The five-year-old was providing trainer Micky Hammond and jockey Henry Brooke with their respective first Grade One wins when he scored by a short head at Newcastle on Saturday.
Badger Beers Silver Trophy winner Give Me A Copper is unlikely to contest the Randox Health Becher Chase at Aintree. Paul Nicholls mentioned next Saturday’s race over the Grand National fences as a possible target, in the aftermath of the nine-year-old’s Wincanton success.
Nicky Henderson is hopeful Buveur D’Air will make a full recovery from the injury he picked up in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle – but whether he runs again this season is a “grey area”.
Definitly Red is an intended runner at Aintree next weekend – but whether he runs in the Many Clouds Chase or the Randox Health Becher Chase has still to be decided. Brian Ellison’s stalwart got stuck in the mud on his return in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby, but loves his trips to Merseyside.
This afternoon’s National Hunt meeting at Carlisle has been abandoned due to a frozen track. The Cumbrian venue passed a first inspection on Saturday afternoon but another one needed to be called due to the prospect of second bitterly cold night.
Hollie Doyle equalled Josephine Gordon’s record of 106 winners by a female rider in a calendar year when steering Angelic Time to victory at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. The Dark Angel colt, trained by Ed Vaughan, took the Ladbrokes ‘Play 1-2 Free’ On Football EBF Novice Stakes by half a length from Borstal Bull when sent off the 4-1 second favourite.
Buveur D’Air was given the all-clear to travel back to Nicky Henderson’s stables in Lambourn on Saturday evening, after suffering an injury when surprisingly beaten in the Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
Rising star of the weighing room Ben Jones can expect more calls for his services on the big occasion, if his victory aboard De Rasher Counter in the Ladbrokes Trophy is anything to go by.
Scottish Grand National hero Takingrisks came with a wet sail to claim another big-race success in the Betfair Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle. Having rounded off last season with victory at Ayr, the Nicky Richards-trained 10-year-old was back at the Scottish circuit for his return to action four weeks ago, finishing fifth over hurdles.
De Rasher Counter completed a fine 48 hours for trainer Emma Lavelle with victory in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury. Lavelle saw her crack staying hurdler Paisley Park return in style on Friday – and a day later was in the headlines again as 5lb claimer Ben Jones showed just why he is regarded as one of the riding finds of the season.
Gordon Elliott is confident Samcro can continue his resurgence in the Baroneracing.com Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday. The seven-year-old looked a superstar in the making as a bumper horse and novice hurdler, but fell in the 2018 Punchestown Champion Hurdle and the plug was pulled on last season before the new year after three underwhelming performances.