Newcomers Day at Market Rasen brought out a decent crowd and some competitive fields for the races on Sunday.
With Tony McCoy retired, one of the jockeys keen to take both his title and his mantle is Tom Scudamore. He arrived in Lincolnshire on the back of the biggest win of his career, on board Ballynagour in the Prix la Barka, at Auteuil, on Saturday.
With prize money of £175,000, his connections and trainer David Pipe were as delighted as Scudamore who told the crowd around the parade ring at Market Rasen: “It was fantastic to go and win a big race in Paris. I’m not sure the French were too happy, but I was!”
Scudamore was on board the second favourite My Brother Silvest in the feature chase at Market Rasen, the £12,996 BDN Construction Handicap Chase, again for trainer Pipe.
Favourite Le Bacardy (11/8) under Harry Skelton had too much in his locker on the run-in, however, and just got up.
* The feature hurdle saw Sky Khan (13/2) take the prize, but punters were left wondering whether Bowie, trained by Nick Kent at Brigg, might have won, had it not been for a blunder at the last flight.
Jockey Adam Wedge was sure he would have won had it not been for that error.
“He just needed a bit of fortune, but he recovered well after that to get third,” he said.
“I took him to Cheltenham last time where he was fourth of nine. He stays well and goes best on right-handed tracks.”
This was a competitive race with decent prize money, and Kent’s yard is getting some progressive jumpers.
Bowie is certainly one and there is more to come from the eight-year-old.
* The Mount and Minster Lincolnshire Estate Agents Novices Handicap Chase saw some bold jumping by Silver Man (7/4f).
This was a first strike under rules for the dual point winner. Off the course since November, the eight-year-old is trained by Jo Hughes and was ridden to victory by Nico de Boinville.
Paddy Brennan mounted a strong challenge on the An Poc Ar Buile, trained by Fergal O’Brien, and a photograph was needed to separate these two.
* The opening race of the day, a maiden hurdle, saw the 6/5 favourite Countersign, under Adam Pogson, win to improve on a third place over course and distance last month.
* Adam Wedge, on 4/1 shot Zarzal, won the handicap hurdle (Class 4) which followed.
Absent from a racecourse since November, a break clearly helped the winner.
* The next meeting is the prestigious Journal Ladies’ Day on Friday, June 5.