Today’s Racing Round-Up
Godolphin were the big winners on a cracking card on the all-weather at Lingfield, completing a clean sweep of the Listed races on the card with Tearless and Hidden Gold. Charlie Appleby’s Tearless was the first filly to strike in the Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes, benefiting from a typically strong ride from Adam Kirby to record a 1 1/4 length victory from 20/1 shot Lamar.
Just half an hour later the Saeed bin Suroor trained Hidden Gold made it a double for Godolphin in the River Eden Fillies’ Stakes. The 5/4 favourite was held up out the back through the early stages of the 1m 5f contest by Freddy Tylicki but finished with a flourish to win going away.
The Durham National was the feature on the card at Sedgefield but the big race was delayed after jockey Kenny Johnson was knocked unconscious after a fall earlier on the card. The veteran rider was airlifted to hospital in Middlesbrough but was coming round before leaving the track.
When the feature race eventually went to post, it was won in fine style by a trainer making a name for himself in the staying chaser’s ranks, Dr Richard Newland. Newland, of course, was the winning trainer of the Aintree spectacle last season and he may have found another candidate for this year’s renewal in the form of Royale Knight who cruised to victory in the 3m 6f contest under Daryl Jacob.
Over at Clonmel, it turned out to be a good day for trainer Robert Tyner and jockey David Casey who both recorded doubles on the card. Tyner got off the mark early in the day with the J.P McManus owned Sir Abbot just about justifying favouritism to land the Cashel Maiden Hurdle under Phillip Enright.
Casey was also victorious on-board a McManus charge, with Fever Pitch staying on stoutly to take the Wilderness Rated Race. Both trainer and jockey teamed up to record their respective doubles, with Casey standing in for Phillip Enright to take the winning ride on the Tyner trained Embracing Change.
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