Jamacho wins by a neck from Beyond The Clouds to give Chipping Norton's Charlie Longsdon a one-two in Stratford's feature race
JAMACHO just edged out Beyond The Clouds to give Chipping Norton handler Charlie Longsdon a one-two in the feature Allsopp’s Stratford Races Day Out Handicap Hurdle at Stratford on Sunday.
The eight-year-old had started towards the rear but worked his way through the field and disputed the lead with Beyond The Clouds approaching the last.
In the end Jamacho did just enough to win by a neck and claim a fourth success at the course, with the vet declaring Beyond The Clouds had lost his right-fore shoe during the race.
The seven-race card got under way with the Cotswold Larder Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles and two-and-a-half furlongs, in which Eagle’s Realm registered his first-ever win for Fergal O’Brien by beating Irish horse Appreciate by one-and-a-half lengths.
The longest race of the meeting, the Stratford Racecourse Campsite Handicap Chase run over two miles and six-and-a-half furlongs, also attracted the largest field with 11 runners.
Making just his second visit to the course, Rostello emerged an easy winner as the seven-year-old stormed to a 14-length success.
Mucuna followed up her victory at Newton Abbot last time out with a six-length success in the Ladies Day Is The 17th July Juvenile Hurdle.
The 5-2 favourite defied a penalty against well-touted rivals to win in fine style for the Bradley and Milton Harris partnership.
Racing for the first time after an 83-day break, Joly Maker marked his return with a bang as the eight-year-old won by three-and-a-half lengths in the National Racehorse Week 10th-18th September Handicap Chase.
Another horse making a return to racing after a lengthy break was Fire Lake in the Stratford Racing Club “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race).
The five-year-old mare had not run since a fifth-placed finish at Hereford on 27th February but the 11-8 favourite recorded a double for trainer Milton Harris with a one-length success.
There were nine runners for the concluding Watch On RacingTV Handicap Chase over a trip of two miles and one furlong, and it was 9-2 shot Trumps Benefit who emerged victorious as the nine-year-old landed his first win since 1st May at Hexham.