Glimpse Of Gold makes it three wins on the bounce after landing feature at Stratford Racecourse
GLIMPSE Of Gold recorded a third straight win by running on strongly to take the Racing TV Free For A Month Handicap Hurdle, highlight of Stratford’s six-race card on Tuesday afternoon.
The 11-year-old was making just his second visit to the course and on the back of two wins at Fakenham, the Sarah Humphrey-trained horse was challenging Manor Park coming to the last.
Glimpse Of Gold had an extra burst of pace that Manor Park could not match and went on to win by one-and-three-quarter lengths.
The meeting got under way with the racingtv/freetrial Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles and two-and-a-half furlongs, in which Appreciate claimed his second victory at the course in the space of a month and third on the bounce.
The Milton Harris-trained Irish horse raced keenly and quickened on the run-in to the line to beat 11-8 favourite Kolisi by two-and-a-half lengths.
There was a shock in the following Watch RacingTV With Free Trial Now Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle as 50-1 shot Quiet Thunder gave Upper Longdon-based trainer Sarah Hollinshead just her second win of 2022.
With 15-8 favourite Cool Rain pulled up early on and 2-1 second favourite Lunar Shadow falling at the last, Quiet Thunder went on to cross the winning post by almost four lengths from Rocked Up.
There was a tight finish in the Join RacingTV Now Novices’ Handicap Chase over two miles and one furlong as 15-8 joint favourite Boston Joe edged out 28-1 shot Invincible Wish by a neck.
The six-year-old had been pushed on by jockey Paul O’Brien over the last and was two lengths clear coming to the line. Invincible Wish, who had finished sixth at the course last month, stayed on in the closing stages but came up just short and had to settle for second.
There were just five entries for the penultimate race, the Visit racingtv.com Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and half a furlong, and it was French four-year-old Rafiki who took the honours by a head from 5-4 favourite Tardree.
The run of close finishes carried on into the concluding Watch On Racing TV Handicap Chase as Ahead Of Schedule, making his first visit to the course, got the better of Wavecrest by a neck.
Stratford’s next meeting is on Tuesday, 28th June with the first race setting off at 5.50pm.