19th November 2015

Midweek Jumps: Highlights

BROTHERS Harry and Dan Skelton teamed up for an impressive double at Warwick Racecourse on Wednesday afternoon, though honours for the feature Highflyer Novices’ Chase went to Naunton based trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and jockey Daryl Jacob, writes Shaun Reynolds.

Four-year-old Bristol De Mai impressed many a racegoer as Daryl Jacob forced the pace throughout the race and made all to beat closest rival Karezak by an impressive 19 lengths. A two-time winner prior to yesterday’s feature, Bristol De Mai forged clear entering the home straight and displayed a thirteen length improvement from 11 months ago – after previously beating Karezak by just six lengths at Chepstow.

Prior to Bristol De Mai’s triumph, Daryl Jacob also experienced success on Sceau Royal in the Guy Salmon Land Rover Juvenile Hurdle. Up against Winterfell, the Alan King trained runner stalked 2/1 chance Winterfell entering the concluding two flights of hurdles. Despite fluffing two out, Sceau Royal quickened nicely and justified favouritism – winning by a clear nine lengths in appalling conditions.

Alan King also saddled the highly rated Yanworth in the PJ & KR Smith-Maxwell Horse Ambulances Novices’ Hurdle. It was Barry Geraghty’s only ride of the afternoon – and the former Irish Champion Jockey made no mistake. The JP McManus owned runner, who placed in the bumper at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, faced stiff competition in the closing 100yards from Le Prezien – though generally won impressively with plenty in hand.

Racecourse ambassador Dan Skelton continued his strong run of form at the county track with two winners in Rene’s Girl and Arthamint. 7/2 chance Rene’s Girl turned over the form book when beating the highly rated Hollie’s Pearl in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

A messy round of jumping from the favourite did herself no favours as Rene’s Girl pulled clear after the final flight. Meanwhile Arthamint proved easy to back in the betting ring prior to the sixth race of the afternoon – though done just enough to win. After a disqualification at Lingfield last time, Arthamint, initially, failed to react when asked the question by jockey Harry Skelton after the final fence. Eventual second Smartmax was headed on the line and beaten by a shorthead.

Varom couldn’t transfer the huge market move into an on-track performance in the first as 14/1 shot Dazinski won in a flat out finish with Space Walker (10/1) in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. The day ended with a winner for Noel Fehily aboard Miss Fleming in the National Hunt Flat race. Trained by David Loder, the three-year-old beat odds on favourite Inner Loop – who had previous form at Exeter racecourse.

Warwick next race on December 10 for their Eventmasters Christmas Raceday. Tickets are available from just £13.50 with seven races scheduled for the day. For more information, visit http://warwick.thejockeyclub.co.uk/