18th Nov 2020

Racing Report from Weatherby’s Raceday – Tuesday 17th November


Jockey Harry Cobden made his only ride of the day at Fakenham count on Tuesday when the Paul Nicholls trained Getaway Trump landed the £15,000 Raynham Novices’ Chase.

Only three runners took part but the contest turned into a terrific duel between the eventual winner and the favourite, Happygolucky.

Getaway Trump landed narrowly ahead over the final and 16th fence but long-time pacesetter Happygolucky got back in front on the run-in only for Cobden to drive his mount home to win by half a length at 5/2.

It was a 24th winner in the last fortnight for Nicholls and Cobden’s 52nd winner of the campaign.

“He is definitely going the right way. Today was a big step in the right direction and I’m sure Paul will have a nice race in him later in the season,” said Cobden.

Top trainer Alan King looks to have found another decent animal in Midnight Ginger, who at 7/4 collected the Weatherbys E-Passport Mares’ Hurdle on her hurdling debut.

A bumper winner at Newbury, Midnight Ginger, under Tom Cannon, squeezed through on the inside to win from almost four lengths ahead of Nicky Henderson’s Go Chique.

“She was brave and jumped well. I nursed her round a little but there was no hiding place at the end and she took to hurdling well,” said Cannon.

King and Cannon went on to complete a double when Midnight Gift, a grey filly, landed the Sculthorpe Mares’ Hurdle in good style from the running on A Little Chaos, the winner returned at 9/4.

The three-mile Weatherbys Racing Bank Novice Chase was packed with drama before going to 9/5 favourite Gleno under Josh Moore for his father Gary.

Main rival Finalshot fell at the second and brought down Brecon Hill, leaving just four to face the remaining 16 fences. Top of the Fashion set the pace but gave way to Rumble B only for that horse to crash out at the final fence leaving Gleno to mop up the prize by 12 lengths.

Mount Windsor, a winner at Lingfield a week earlier, cruised to victory in the opening Britbet Novices’ Hurdle under 10-pound claimer Nathan Brennan.

The 5/6 favourite took it up three flights out to score for trainer Chris Gordon by seven lengths, from 40/1 outsider Gorham’s Cave.

Easiest winner of the day came in the Weatherbys Stallion Book Chase when bottom weight Gold Fields, under Ross Chapman for Laura Morgan, romped home by 14 lengths, returned at 22/1, for his first win at the 15th attempt.

The finale, the Racing Partnership bumper, saw six debutants go over two miles with the honours going to Olly Murphy’s 100/30 chance Washington under Aidan Coleman in a race marred when favourite True Glory had to be pulled up with an injury.

Terry Redhead – Racing Pundit

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