Jockey Paddy Brennan and trainer Fergal O'Brien land double at Stratford's Family Fun Day
THE sun shone and the crowds came out for Stratford’s Family Fun Day on Sunday and it proved a good afternoon for jockey Paddy Brennan and trainer Fergal O’Brien, who landed a double with Burristo and Our Colossus, writes David Hucker.
The weekend had got off to the best of starts for members of the Stratford Racing Club when Jamacho, the horse they own with Robert Aplin, won the La Verte Rue Associates Handicap Hurdle at Les Landes in Jersey on Friday evening.
A first runner and first winner at the course for Over Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon, Jamacho was the first leg of a four-timer for former champion jockey Brian Hughes, the other three winners coming on horses trained by Neil Mulholland.
On Sunday, Oneonechop, winner of six races in France, opened up as favourite to land the opening Ladies Day Is The 18th July Juvenile Hurdle over two miles and half a furlong, but drifted in the betting as Rwanda Mist was backed to turn the tables on Burristo, the pair having finished behind Langafel at Newton Abbot last month.
The writing was on the wall for Oneonechop turning for home and it was Burristo who came out on top again, jumping past long-time leader Boundsy Boy at the final flight and opening up a gap on the run-in to score by two and three-quarter lengths.
Fourteen runners set out for the National Racehorse Week Is 12th-19th September Handicap Chase over two-and-a-half miles and it produced an exciting finish with Air Hair Lair, trained at Lewes by Sheena West, who went to the front after the final jump to deny Getawaytonewbay a third course win.
Top-weight Hang In There hadn’t won since November 2019, but was only just denied by Scaramanga at Newbury in May and he got back to winning ways when beating Get Back Get Back in the feature Class 3 Jonathan Walker Memorial Handicap Hurdle, run for the Stratford Summer Salver.
Although taken on early by Green Or Black, Tom Bellamy was able to grab a clear lead and make most of the running on Hang In There, building an advantage as the runners turned for home and winning by nine lengths in the familiar chequered colours of Tim Syder.
Karen Green’s 50th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase over two-and-three-quarter miles attracted ten runners and Franz Klammer, a wide margin winner from Between The Waters over course and distance last month, did it again, this time winning by 23 lengths with conditional jockey Alexander Thorne from 25-1 shot Babytaggle and veteran What A Laugh, still going strong at the age of 16.
Big G was runner-up to Hazm in a bumper over the course in March 2019 when trained by Dan Skelton, but is now with Dr Richard Newland and showed his first form since when fourth over hurdles at Worcester last month where he had Our Colossus seven lengths behind.
He was a well-backed 6-4 favourite for the Stratford Racing Club “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle but faded from contention as Our Colossus turned the tables and won well from Ibbenburen.
Romanor made it four wins at the course when collaring leader Sir Tivo right on the line to take the Watch On Racing TV Handicap Chase by a neck before Espressino made most of the running with Charlie Hammond to deny hat-trick seeking Shanandoa in the closing Good Luck England Bring It Home Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.