Thursday Review (19/03/09)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action.
Trainer Tim Vaughan’s amazing season continued with a double at Ludlow which included the feature £12,000 Charity Meeting On 9 April Handicap Chase. Running for the first time for his new trainer, the lightly raced 6 yr old Mizen Raven made light work of his six opponents, clearing right away from the last to win by 8L’s from Haar.
Jockey Richard Johnson, who has built up a good association with Vaughan, went on to complete a 20/1 double in the finale aboard the bumper debutante Moscow Chieftain. A strong looking son of Moscow Society, the 4 yr old overcame greenness to rally past The Giant Bolster inside the final furlong.
Another trainer to double up on the card was Nicky Henderson.
Quarl Ego, running in a handicap for the first time, showed a really good attitude under an animated AP McCoy to get back on top from the last to beat the other 4/1 joint favourite Cootehill by a length as the front two dominated proceedings.
Sent off at 1/4, Fairyland was the second winner for Nicky and needed assistance from Felix De Giles to get the better of the second favourite Markila who made a crucial mistake at the last.
Trainer Dai Burchell, whose season came alive yesterday, made it two in two days as Petrosian, despite holding his head awkwardly and hanging, got up to beat the solid favourite Apache Dawn by less than a length in the opening claimer.
As the betting suggested the Eddie Mapp Memorial Beginners’ Chase was a two horse affair so when the odds on favourite Iffy lost many lengths at the start the advantage was handed to William Bonney.
The big gamble on the Nigel Twiston-Davis-trained Rowdy Yeats in the Bitterley Hunters’ Chase was foiled by a positive ride from Mr D Mansell aboard the 10 yr old Enitsag. Taking up the lead from mid-race, Enitsag had just enough in the tank to keep the favourite at bay.
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