Double delight for Lambourn trainer Jamie Snowden at Stratford Racecourse
LAMBOURN trainer Jamie Snowden was the man to follow at Stratford on Thursday, taking the feature SAiGE Fencing Novices' Chase with Some Day Soon and doubling up in the closing race with Guinness Affair, writes David Hucker.
A course winner over hurdles two years ago, Some Day Soon, who is part-owned by The Racegoers Club, made it first time lucky over fences when leading before the final jump and storming clear in the hands of Page Fuller to beat Forecast, whose chance of winning was lost when he blundered badly at the third-last obstacle.
Some Day Soon's hurdles win had come over the shorter trip of two miles and half a furlong, but he had no trouble seeing out the extra half a mile here and could go in again in this form,
A winner of a Huntingdon bumper at the end of May, Guinness Affair made all the running to take the concluding National Racehorse Week 12th-19th September Novices' Hurdle, in which Small Bad Bob was a noticeable absentee.
Backed from 9-4 into 7-4, he had to be niggled along by Gavin Sheehan to see off the challenge of course winner Our Colossus, but was five lengths to the good at the line.
Fat Sam, a faller at Newton Abbot last time, sprang a 25-1 surprise in the opening Bertie's Racing Cushions Novices' Handicap Chase, running on strongly with James Davies to beat Admiral's Sunset and The Bees Knees.
Of those that have run, Fred Bear boasted the best form in the Join Stratford Racing Club Juvenile Maiden Hurdle, having finished runner-up to Scrappy Jack in a similar event at Newton Abbot last time.
Just behind him that day was Oneonechop, a winner of six races in France who drifted in the betting on his British debut here last month, but they were always fighting a losing battle as ex-flat racer Caramelised made an impressive jumping debut on his first run for trainer Alan King and jockey Tom Cannon.
It proved a good afternoon for King who, 50 minutes later, landed the Group 2 Unibet Richmond Stakes for two-year-olds at Glorious Goodwood with Asymmetric, his second winner at the Sussex meeting.
Franz Klammer, a wide margin winner of his last two starts over course and distance, went past long-time leader King Golan to complete a hat-trick in the Erin, Anya And Joe Brewer Handicap Chase, although the winning margin was much less this time.
Trained by Peter Pritchard at Whatcote, near Shipston-on-Stour, he has seen his handicap mark increase from 72 to 97 and, with another rise on the cards, that may be the end of his winning run for now.
Lady Reset and See The Sea fought out a thrilling finish to the We Are IDP Mares' Handicap Hurdle, reduced to six runners in the absence of Solstalla, before 22-1 shot Beautiful Ben sprung another surprise in the largest field of the day for the Join Racing TV Now Handicap Chase over two miles and three furlongs.
The longest race of the afternoon was the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle over three-and-a-quarter miles and members of the Stratford Racing Club were denied a second win for Oscar Montel, successful at Worcester recently, when Tel 'Art posted his first success since last August, leading at the penultimate flight and holding on by half a length under Nico de Boinville.
There is racing again on Thursday, 19th August with a seven-race card starting at 1pm.