Raceday Report – Friday 6th March 2020

Ffos Las supplied the only jump racing action in Britain this Friday, with the going understandably described as heavy.   Initially dull conditions gave way to sunshine later in the afternoon.

The opener was a 2m4f mares-only novice hurdle.  Gavin Sheehan on Legends Ryde (11/8 fav) stalked the long-time leader Martha Brae until taking it up after the third last.  Success didn’t come easily, as Martha refused to capitulate and was gaining on the winner in the final strides.  The Jamie Snowden-trained favourite held on by three quarters of a length.

Miss Zip (3/1 favourite) hit form with a vengeance last month and completed her third consecutive win for Evan Williams and Adam Wedge in the 2m3f novice chase.  She was very fortunate, because John Flint’s Arian had the race sewn up only to come down at the final fence.  Miss Zip was left just ahead of Massini’s Dream and held on to her advantage by half a length.

Evan Williams was back in the winners enclosure after the next race, a 2m novice hurdle.  He saddled four of the 11 runners and it was his Timassini (8/1), ridden by daughter Isabel, who came out on top.  One of several in contention coming to the penultimate flight, Timassini was going the strongest and she took the lead after that obstacle to see off Another Tuco, partnered by the championship-chasing Richard Johnson, by four lengths.

Seven of the 11 in the 3m chase were trained in Wales, but none of them featured in the finish.  Pres (6/5 fav), from Chris Gordon’s Hampshire yard, made most of the running under Tom Cannon.  Richard Johnson on Nickname Exit emerged from the pack after the fourth last fence and kept tabs on the leader, without ever getting on terms.  Pres, jumping well, galloped on stoutly to pass the post four lengths ahead, with the rest of the field well strung out.

The next was a 2m4f hurdle.  After twice filling the runner-up berth Richard Johnson got the win he desperately needed, pushing and shoving the Charlie Longsdon-trained Saint Dalina (10/1) to victory by a neck, with a 34 length gap to the stragglers.  The eventual winner had taken the lead at the end of the back straight, only for Debra Hamer’s Jac Brown to go past him after the second last.  On the long run to the final flight Jac started to tire, and despite flattening the last Saint Dalina regained the lead on the run-in.  Jac fought back, but had to give best after a rousing battle.

The finale was a 2m5f hunter chase.  Clondaw Westie (9/2), formerly a useful handicapper for Lawney Hill, retains much of that ability and he led throughout the race to score by a length and three quarters.  Jumping boldly for Mr James King, though often slightly to the right, he drew away from his immediate pursuers between the last two fences to put the result in no doubt. The runner-up, Sir Mangan, was flattered to get so close to him at the end.


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