Linda took four horses to Huntingdon today providing a mixture of emotions. Cockney Seagull was first to race and he started the afternoon well by winning the "Best Turned Out" prize for Alex.
Alex leads round Cockney Seagull
However that was as good as it got for him as he disappointed again and was pulled up.
Both Jolly Jet and Hab Sab took part in the next race, a novices handicap chase, and once again the stable took the "Best Turned Out" prize, this time with Jolly Jet and Karen.
Karen with her prize.
Once again, however, the race was disappointing. Jolly Jet jumped well in her first ever chase but both horses were pulled up by the home turn when tailed off.
The next race saw Mab Dab take a step up in class in the long distance handicap hurdle. Ridden by Tom Garner he was settled at the rear for the first circuit before moving up to take close order with a mile to run. He continued to make progress and led into the home straight. Although he kept on, two other horses found even more and he finished 4 lengths third but still a very good performance to make the journey home a happy one.
Breden continued the yard's good form this evening in a class 3 mile handicap on the all weather at Lingfield. Robert Winston jumped him out towards the rear and kept him there, but in touch, until the turn for home. Unfortunately the gap closed on him as he started his finishing sprint and he had to get going again. He was finishing fast, but the line came too soon and he was placed third in a four way photo finish. The first, second, third and fourth were each separated by a head.
The sun came out, the ground dried up and Linda and the team had a great time at Fontwell. At last the ground had come right for Mab Dab in the 2 mile 6 furlong handicap hurdle. Tom Cannon, who had already ridden two winners on the card, was the jockey and he had Mab Dab close up behind the leaders on the outside. He jumped well throughout and maintained this position as other runners dropped away. He held second place rounding the bottom bend for the final time and pulled away up the home straight to win by 8 lengths and giving the yard a great boost into the bargain. This was Mab Dab's second "win" of the afternoon as he had also won the "Best Turned Out" award for Oliver.
Mab Dab has that "Haven't I done well look" with connections after the race.
Connections at the presentation.
Earlier in the afternoon Wontstopmenow had his first race over hurdles. Ridden by Jack Sherwood he raced on the outside of the field to get a good sight of his hurdles. He jumped well in the main though was careful over a couple, especially as he had the attention of a loose horse for much of the race. He remained in touch until the bottom bend where more experienced rivals pulled away. Nevertheless he kept going to finish 6th of the twelve who started this novices hurdle and did more than enough to suggest he can have a successful career in the game. Like Mab Dab he also notched up victory for Oliver in the "Best turned out" award.
Wontstopmenow goes out for his first ever hurdle race.
Cockney Seagull also raced in the novices hurdle and was in the front two for a large part of the race before fading in the heat and being pulled up.
Today Linda went to Sussex with some of her owners to visit some horses that were recuperating after injury. The farm they are on looked lovely and they will soon be out in the fields eating fresh grass after wintering in the barn.
Pauline strokes Due South with Royal Concorde nearest.