We take our weekly look at the success of syndicates and racing clubs over the jumps and on the Flat with Simon Mapletoft.
Who Dares Wins, owned by HENRY PONSONBY RACING, must rank as one of the most successful syndicate-owned horses of all time. Last season’s Northumberland Plate hero took his jumps form to a new level on Saturday 22nd February by adding the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase at Kempton Park to his amazing CV.
A first Grade 2 success for Tom Cannon as Who Dares Wins takes the Betway Pendil Novices’ Chase at @kemptonparkrace
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) February 22, 2020
Meanwhile, at Lingfield Park, bargain buy Agent Of Fortune was on the brink of a record-breaking eighth win of the All-Weather Championships season but the gallant mare could finish only third.
Bought for just 3,000 gns at the Autumn Sales, the Gary Moore-trained five-year-old gave her owners the FOREIGN LEGION plenty to shout about but couldn’t get to the front-running winner Crimewave.
Tom Clover’s favourite stole the limelight by dominating the 1m2f race for his syndicate ROGUES GALLERY RACING under a well judged ride by Jack Mitchell. The Rogues Gallery have nine horses with the young Newmarket handler.
Up at Newcastle in midweek, MIDDLEHAM PARK RACING maintained their prolific start to 2020 when Ventura Bounty streaked home for Richard Hannon and former champion Silvestre De Sousa in a 7f novice stakes. His was MPR’s 11th win off the year!
Gay Kelleway put a smile on the faces of her STRICTLY FUN RACING members when Ubla won a 7f handicap at Kempton Park on Monday 17th February – a victory matched by Eve Johnson Houghton whose Miss Elsa scored at Lingfield on the same day for the Eden Racing Club.
Back over the jumps, Anthony Honeyball saddled two winners for syndicates at two different tracks last Friday. Kilconny Bridge took a mares’ handicap hurdle at Exeter under the talented conditional Rex Dingle for POTWELL RACING whilst at Warwick, Midnight Tune won a mares’ handicap chase under Aidan Coleman for the PARK HOMES SYNDICATE.
Over in the UAE, THE MELBOURNE 10 enjoyed international success at the Dubai Carnival at Meydan with Cliffs Of Capri, who ground out a memorable success in a £60,000 handicap for Jamie Osborne and Tadhg O’Shea.
CLIFFS OF CAPRI strikes late to deny Moqtarreb and lands the Jaguar XE Handicap in thrilling style for @osbornejamie
— Meydan Racing (@MeydanRacing) February 20, 2020