Saturday, 19th September 2020 | Sunny Intervals | 13°
A week of up’s and downs, we’re starting to get used to the idea of a second coronavirus peak. Lots of new rules and regulations are in place and it’s a worrying time for everybody. Hopefully racing won’t be effected too badly.
On Tuesday the racing community was rocked by the heartbreaking news that Pat Smullen had lost his battle with cancer. Pat was a great jockey and a real gentleman. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
The horses continue to run well and are in good form, we’ve had a quiet week of runners until today!
Today we have four runners, three at Newton Abbott over jumps and one on the flat.
ASK HENRY runs in the 2:25 at Newton Abbot. He’s a nice horse with ability, he has been very consistent and could run well again today. He has to carry a penalty for his win at Musselburgh last season. Kielan rides him.
We run two horses in the 4:10 Handicap Hurdle. SAMMYLOU has had a cracking summer, winning once and only finding ‘My Lady Grey’ to hard to pass last time out. He meets that horse again today but on slightly better terms. Lilly Pinchin takes weight off his back and we’d hope he’ll run his race, he is high enough in the handicap nowadays. HATTAAB runs in the same race, he hadn’t done a lot wrong until pulling up last time at Fontwell. That was his chasing debut and he just didn’t enjoy the larger obstacles. He is one that could outrun his odds if enjoying life back over hurdles. Max Kendrick rides.
LONDONIA is a popular horse and he runs at Wolverhampton in the 8:15. ‘Lennie’ is in good form and is more than capable of putting in a good performance. He ran well last time over hurdles. Kieran O’Neil, who partnered the horse to success back in February, takes the ride again today.