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Friday, 23rd Mar 2018


The Areas winning run continued with two winners at Cottenham and another at Larkhill to make it another successful weekend for local runners.

Phil Rowley’s Morville yard continues in fine form and he sent out Bear’s Affair to win the Cambridge University United Hunts Club Mens Open. Alex Edwards mount was brought with a perfectly timed run from the 15th to take the lead at the last but it required all of Edwards strength to keep his mount in front as the favourite Full Throttle came with a renewed challenge on the flat.

The Aintree Foxhunters is a potential target for Bear’s Affair and it is possible he could meet Bound for Glory who took the Skinners Pet Foods sponsored Ladies Open.

The latter is trained at Castle Barn Stables at Leigherton in the Duke of Beaufort country and is qualified with that pack by his handler David Fitch-Peyton.

Emma Yardley and Foxcub held every chance at the second from home but they had not reply when Hannah Lewis sent Bound For Glory clear on the final bend. Earlier in the afternoon, Foxcub’s trainer Ryan Potter had saddled Brave Jaq to finish third in the Restricted.

Winners were thin on the ground for our local horses at Larkhill but that matter looked as though it was going to be put right when James King brought Festival Dawn to join the leaders at the last in Division I of the Maiden. Three horses rose as one at this obstacle but Axelle Wall’s runner fell which left Irish Legionaire to hold Swincombe Toby’s challenge on the flat.


Swincombe Toby (red cap) and Irish Legionaire are left clear when Festival Dawn (right) falls at the last

Runners from Sophie Lacey’s yard are always worth watching and the stable looks to have unearthed another potential star in Lady Cobham’s unraced homebred Coningsby who caught the eye in the concluding Maiden.


Coningsby (checked colours – right) overcomes an early mistake to take Division II of the Maiden for Tommie O’Brien

Gracious Prince set a strong pace before Three in One took over when he began to beat a retreat with half a mile to run. Tommie O’Brien and Coningsby looked booked for second place when Three in One held a useful advantage at the second from home and around the final bend.

The Ledbury qualified runner was a good five lengths behind at the last but flew up the run in to pass his rival in the final 25 yards and win going away by a length and a half.

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