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Track Talk - 17/03/22

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17 March 2022

We’re preparing for our next fixture this Sunday 20th March when it’s Student Party Race Day. There are seven races from 2pm and tickets are £20 in advance and £24 on the day. The gates open at 12 noon. 

Restaurant packages are also available priced at £55 per person (including admission) and can be booked via the website. We also race on Thursday 24th March and Easter Monday 18th April – don’t forget under-18s go free! 

It was another great weekend for Welsh jockeys. 

On Saturday Lorcan Williams rode Complete Unknown to victory in the EBF novice hurdle Final at Sandown.  It was the jockey’s first Grade 3.  The trainer’s daughter, Megan Nicholls, revealed afterwards that this race was the horse’s target from as far back as November.    

Soon afterwards James Bowen steered the Peter Fahy trained Surprise Package to a surprise 20/1 success in the Imperial Cup.  It was his 21st birthday, and despite his tender years it was his 262nd career winner.  Ominously, it was the only Irish runner in this ultra-competitive contest.   

David Probert won the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton on the well-backed Notre Belle Bete for his main stable, that of Andrew Balding.  Probert’s 46 winners this year have come at a strike rate of 19%, far in excess of his former average. 

Ben Jones (photographed) rode three winners between last Friday and Sunday. He scored aboard Just A Dime at Exeter on Friday, Keep Rolling at Hereford on Saturday and Volcano at Warwick on Sunday.  Volcano, trained by Shelia Lewis, has now won on every one of his four visits to Warwick and the West Wales National at Ffos Las in April could be his next target. 

Connor Brace won on Feel The Pinch at Bangor on Sunday for trained Fergal O’Brien. He’s only had seven rides this month, but has won on four of them.  On the same card Richard Patrick sat tight on Bridge North, whose jumping was less than perfect, to record an all-the-way win in a three-horse novice hurdle for the in-form Henry Daly. 

Sam Thomas leads the Welsh trainers hoping for Cheltenham glory with plenty of runners during the week including Good Risk At All in Wednesday’s Coral Cup.  Before Midnight goes for Wednesday’s Grand Annual and Skytastic is entered in Friday’s Albert Bartlett. 

Christian Williams has aimed his former Coral Welsh Grand National hero Potters Corner at Wednesday’s Cross Country.  There he will be up against Tiger Roll, who according to his owner will be having his swan song, and a number of J P McManus runners. Christian had a double at Sedgefield on Monday with You Say Nothing and Powerful Position both ridden by Jack Tudor. 

On Thursday, Rebecca Curtis sends Lisnagar Oscar to try and regain the Stayers Hurdle crown he won in 2020.  
 

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