2016 James Moffatt
2015 James Moffatt
2014 Donald McCain
2013 Donald McCain
2012 Donald McCain
2011 Donald McCain
James Moffatt took another major prize when back-to-form Altruism made all the running to win the £27,000 Totepool Cumbria Crystal Cup Handicap Hurdle on Saturday and cement his further his lead in the race for the Cartmel Trainers Challenge in 2017.
The Cartmel-based trainer, who is bidding to win the Andrea Robinson Memorial Trophy for a third year in the row, has taken a firm grip on the competition and having saddled Lough Kent to finish second in the Banks Lyon Jewllers Lady Riders Handicap Hurdle now leads by 14 points.
Chasing Moffatt is four-times champion Donald McCain, who made early inroads when the battling What Happens Now kept pulling out all the stops to beat Whispering Affair in the Cartmel Lodge Park Novices Hurdle, but that was as good as it got.
His only other runner on the day, Midnight Walk, could not get into the argument in the Hadwins Motor Group Mares Handicap Hurdle won by A Touch Of Sparkle, who was completing a double on the day for Northern Ireland trainer Stewart Crawford.
It was a good day for Crawford, who saddled the BBQ Shop At Hayes Garden World Handicap Chase winner Don Franco to follow Whispering Affair’s second and a third place for Apache Jack in the Champagne Louis Rosederer Handicap Chase.
Crawford’s nine points doubled his tally for the season to date and left him a clear third ahead of Kenneth Slack, who moved into double figures when Beeno gave him a Silver Wedding present a day early, ridden by his niece Emma Sayer in the Banks Lyon Jewellers Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle.
The full table after five rounds is:-