MIDDLEHAM PARK RACING celebrated International Women’s Day with an impressive winner on a memorable afternoon at Southwell, who staged four Flat and four National Hunt races for female riders to mark the occasion.
Oleg took the closing 2m handicap for Paul Nicholls and daughter MeganIWD in the familiar light blue silks of Middleham Park, who were also delighted to see Motawaafeq finish second over 1m for Hayley Turner and Mick Appleby.
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At Exeter on Tuesday, VENETIA WILLIAMS scored in a maiden hurdle with Jack Valentine who represents her own self-named syndicate. Partnered by Charlie Deutsch, the seven-year-old stuck on well to supplement his Uttoxeter win in November.
Somerset trainer DAVID PIPE also has his own racing club and gave his members plenty to cheer when Little Red Lion won a handicap hurdle at Huntingdon last week. It was a notable first career success for the six-year-old, who was ridden by Fergus Gillard.
FOXTROT RACING have made an inspired purchase with Anythingforlove, who made it two from two in a midweek bumper success at Catterick for Jamie Snowden and Page Fuller. Meanwhile, Foxtrot’s Grand National prospect Hogan’s Height emerged from his ‘prep’ run over hurdles at Warwick at the weekend with a pleasing fifth and remains on track for the world’s most famous race.
On the Flat, the drinks must have been flowing when THE SLATERS ARMS and MARWOOD RACING landed a gamble at Newcastle on Thursday with Longroom in the 5f handicap. It was the veteran’s first start for Weston handler Paul Midgley and his first win on the All-Weather.
Lingfield Park was the destination for The Warrior, who came out on top in a driving finish for jockey Daniel Muscutt and Epsom trainer Lee Carter to score there for the second time in 20 days over 1m in the colours of the KESTON RACING CLUB.
RASIO CYMRU RACING were also in the winner’s enclosure last week as Tabaahy flew the Welsh flag at Wolverhampton, thanks to the two Davids – trainer O’Meara and jockey Nolan.