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January In Review

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In The Paddock Staff

Posted on February 6, 2020


Cheltenham beckons for syndicate owned Imperial Alcazar, who looked a smart prospect when defying a penalty in a novice hurdle at Leicester at the end of January.

Fergal O’Brien’s six-year-old, owned by the Imperial Racing Partnership, enhanced his claims for the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at next month’s Festival.

The same syndicate also struck with the O’Brien-trained Imperial Elysian in a novice handicap at Huntingdon a few days earlier to get their year off to a flying start.

Charlie Longsdon may also have the Albert Bartlett in mind for his lightly raced six-year-old Illegal Model, who impressed in a Lingfield novice hurdle fort the trainer’s own racing club.

Meanwhile, Western Miller’s progress as a handicap chaser continued at Doncaster when he scored in a two-mile handicap for Longsdon, taking his official rating to 138. His syndicate The Pantechnicons looks set for more fun on a sound surface in the spring.

Longsdon’ s veteran Loose Chips proved that age is but a number when winning a handicap chase at Plumpton for his proud owners Barrels Of Courage. The 14-year-old made every yard under conditional jockey Tom Buckley.

Christian Williams, whose burgeoning reputation was boosted by syndicate-owned Potter’s Corner’s victory in the Welsh National at Christmas, added another notable success to his CV when Limited Reserve – owned by All Stars Sports Racing – supplemented his January Taunton win by taking a Grade 3 handicap hurdle at Sandown on 1st February.

The Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival could still be on the agenda for Million In Mind’s ex-French gelding Grand Roi, who made all around Fakenham on his hurdling debut for Nicky Henderson.

The Welsh National could be a long-term target for Paul Nicholls’ Blackjack Kentucky, who delighted Owners’ Group members with a gritty winning performance over a marathon trip in heavy ground at Chepstow at the end of the month.

Anthony Honeyball saddled a syndicate-owned treble at Exeter which included the progressive Kilconny Bridge – an Irish point-to-point winner who justified cramped odds to supplement December’s Plumpton win for the Potwell Racing Syndicate.


On the Flat, Glen Shiel warmed up for a possible crack at the Unibet Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster next month when he took a valuable handicap at Newcastle for Archie Watson, the in-form Hollie Doyle and Hambleton Racing.

Middleham Park’s Red Bond couldn’t have won more emphatically when he landed a mile handicap at Newcastle on the final day of the month. Keith Dalgleish’s four-year-old was eight lengths clear of his nearest rival when winning for the third time in five starts.

The popular syndicate company also won with two potentially useful colts when David Lanigan’s Prince Of Eagles, a Derby entry, scored under the unstoppable championship leader Ben Curtis at Chelmsford City, while the same trainer’s Longsider spreadeagled his field at Wolverhampton.

Ontoawinner also enjoyed a productive start to the new decade with Richard Fahey’s Savage Beauty running away with a seven-furlong novice at Newcastle and the Karl Burke-trained Ladyleys Beluga getting off the mark in fine style over the flying five at Southwell.

Nikolayeva, bought out of Sir Mark Prescott’s Newmarket stable, gave Value Racing some welcome cheer when winning for Mick Appleby at Wolverhampton. Only a few days earlier the club had lost the Philip Kirby trained Machiavelli in an accident at Wetherby.

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