CARTMEL CHALLENGES

Cartmel Jockeys Challenge in association with The Swan Hotel & Spa, Newby Bridge

It took Brian Hughes until the fourth race on the third and final day of the Whit Bank Holiday meeting to find the winner’s enclosure at Cartmel, but the defending champion is back in pole position to win the Cartmel Jockeys Challenge for a fourth time in five years.

Although he may not have made the best of starts to his Cartmel campaign, by the end of Wednesday’s meeting, Hughes was sharing the lead with amateur Becky Smith on nine points, two ahead of the overnight leader Sean Bowen.

After some frustrating rides, things came good for Hughes when Raise A Spark saw off the persistent challenge of favourite Birch Hill in the Milner Boardman Patrnership Beginners Chase following on from Volcanic’s second place behind Allfredandnobell in the Mail Picnic Day Handicap Chase.

Ironically, Allfredandnobell had been a first winner of the meeting for Becky Smith to go with her two seconds on the opening day and another runner-up on favourite Russian Royale in the Hadwins Motor Group Selling Handicap Hurdle.

Sean Bowen had led after two days of competition with two winners for his father Peter and he returned in hopes of more points on the Wednesday, but Wood Breizh ran poorly in the first and his only other booked ride was pulled out by trainer Alex Dunn.

However, he remains only two points off the lead in third place with Nathan Moscrop unable to add to the six points he accumulated on the opening day.

Jockey

Pts

Brian Hughes

9

Miss Becky Smith

9

Sean Bowen

7

Nathan Moscrop

6

Callum Bewley

5

Jamie Hamilton

5

Ross Chapman

4

Sean Quinlan

4

Miss Amie Waugh

4

Lucy Alexander

3

Steven Fox

3

Mr Billy Garritty

3

Barry Geraghty

3

Robert Hogg

3

Sean Houlihan

3

Wayne Hutchinson

3

Conor King

3

Craig Nichol

3

Tom O’Brien

3

Finian O’Toole

3

Mr Dale Peters

3

Miss Emma Todd

3

Kielan Woods

3

Henry Brooke

2

Joe Colliver

2

Kevin Dowling

2

Tommy Dowson

2

Miss Laura Fenwick

2

John Kington

2

Miss Immy Robinson

2

Harry Stock

2

David Bass

1

Aidan Coleman

1

Danny Cook

1

Mr Ben Furnival

1

Lorcan Murtagh

1

Cartmel Trainers Challenge, a trophy and a trip to Champagne

Micky Hammond completed a highly successful Whit weekend at Cartmel by taking a clear lead in the race for this season’s Cartmel Trainers Challenge, which carries its best ever prize this season

A fabulous trip for two to the cellars of Cartmel’s champagne partner Louis Roederer in Champagne* awaits the winner, in addition to lifting the Andrea Robinson Memorial Trophy,  o it wouldn’t be surprising if this proved the most competitive ever.

Hammond landed two winners with course specialist Alderbrook Lad on the Monday and Allfredandnobell in the opening Mail Picnic Day Handicap Hurdle on the Wednesday, a double he backed up with three second places.

The tally was enough to give him a four points lead over the four-times Challenge winner Donald McCain, who had a largely frustrating time of things until Raise A Spark got the better of favourite Birch Hill in the Milner Boardman Partnership Beginners Chase.

Just behind is Welsh trainer Peter Bowen, who had led the way after two days of competition, but surrendered the advantage when he didn’t have a runner on the third day.

Local trainer James Moffatt, who is bidding to win the challenge for a fourth year, had his usual powerful hand of runners, but had a disappointing string of results and admitted that to win “I shall have to come from the back of the grid!”

Trainer

Pts

Micky Hammond

12

Donald McCain

8

Peter Bowen

7

Rebecca Menzies

6

Simon Waugh

6

Alan King

5

Sophie Leech

5

Keith Dalgleish

4

Nick Alexander

3

Guy Brewer

3

Sam England

3

James Ewart

3

Gary Hanmer

3

Alan Hill

3

Graeme McPherson

3

James Moffatt

3

Neil Mulholland

3

John Quinn

3

Dianne Sayer

3

Kenneth Slack

3

Gemma Anderson

2

Chris Fairhurst

2

Mrs S Fenwick

2

Joanne Foster

2

Henry Hogarth

2

John J O’Shea

2

Robert Stephens

2

Martin Todhunter

2

Mark Walford

2

Simon West

2

Gillian Boanas

1

Barbara Butterworth

1

Jennie Candlish

1

Sarah-Jayne Davies

1

Richard Edwards

1

Brian Ellison

1

Ruth Jefferson

1

Olly Murphy

1

Andrew Nicholls

1

Jackie Stephen

1

 

The Margaret Sexton Memorial Trophy for outstanding achievement of the Year

Alan Hill, who completed a hat-trick of wins with Man Of Steel in the Bidfood Open Hunters Chase at Cartmel on Wednesday is the third nominee in this year’s competition for the Margaret Sexton Trophy.

The trophy is awarded for either outstanding achievement or a magic moment and despite training in Oxfordshire, Hill has done a terrific job with Man Of Steel, who clearly loves it round Cartmel and, at nine years-old, is an age to come back and win again.

Hill now joins Lucy Alexander and Simon Waugh as this year’s nominees.

Lucy Alexander was nominated for her win on Final Reminder on the opening day of the Cartmel season. In winning the Hadwins Motor Group Mares Handicap Hurdle, Lucy was registering her first success on the course since 2014.

The first female jockey to be champion conditional a few years ago, Lucy has had an injury-blighted time of it in recent seasons and to bounce back as she has deserves great credit. She certainly turned the clock back with Final Reminder.

Waugh was nominated for his achievement on the Bank Holiday Monday when three horses from his small team in Northumberland came close to giving him a double and a second – the best they could have achieved.

My Escapade led the way by winning the Tony Connell Memorial Handicap Hurdle in the hands of the trainer’s daughter Amie and then Boric and Total Assets finished second and third in the Priory Hotel Grand Veterans Handicap Chase after looking like they would be the first two home until Buachaill Alainn’s late charge.

The overall winner will be chosen from nine nominees – one for each meeting of the season, with the winner taking the Margaret Sexton Trophy plus a cash prize of £500 with a further £250 donated to both St Mary’s Hospice and the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre in the winner’s name.

Previous winners of the Trophy are Maurice Barnes (2014), Keith and Helen Bowron (2015) and Henry Brooke (2016).

 

The Hadwins Motor Group Mares Hurdle Series

Just two rounds gone at the May meeting, but there are three joint leaders in the race for the £1,000 bonus attached to the Hadwins Mares Only Series at Cartmel this season.

Final Reminder had given Nick Alexander an early leader when, beautifully ridden by his daughter Lucy, she swept to an impressive five lengths victory over Camillas Wish in the Hadwins Motor Group Mares Handicap Hurdle.

And Dianne Sayer followed suit on Wednesday’s card when Honeychile Ryder came back from a tough assignment a couple of days earlier to show her true colours in winning the Hadwins Motor Group Mares Selling Handicap Hurdle with a fine front-running effort under Sean Quinlan.

The 12 points for winning put her level with Alexander, but they were joined at the top by Middleham trainer Micky Hammond, who saddled Camillas Wish to finish second in the opening race and Russian Royale to fill the same spot in the seller. 

With points awarded on the basis of 12 for a winner, six for second, three for third and two for any other runner, numbers of runners can be important as Stuart Crawford showed last season when running two horses in the final round enabled him to edge home by a single point from Iain Jardine.

The leaders after round two are:-

Trainer                                Pts

Nick Alexander                  12

Micky Hammond              12

Dianne Sayer                     12

Rebecca Menzies              3

Olly Murphy                       3

Stuart Coltherd                 2

Susan Corbett                   2

Chris Grant                         2

Tom Gretton                      2

Lisa Harrison                      2

Iain Jardine                        2

Noel C Kelly                       2

Donald McCain                 2

James Moffatt                  2

Martin Todhunter            2

James Walton                   2

Alistair Whillans                2

 

How do the Challenges work?

Every jockey who has a ride and every trainer who has a runner at Cartmel is automatically included. The challenges work on a points system with three points for a win, two  points for second and one point for third. Come the last race meeting of the season and the Jockey with most points after the last race is crowned champion and receives a luxury weekend break for two at the Swan Hotel & Spa. The top Trainer receives the Andrea Robinson Memorial Trophy.

Results will be kept up to date in each racecard and on a notice board outside the weighing room and on the website. 

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