07 Mar 2020


Brian Hughes stretched his lead at the top of the Jockeys Championship to 21 when he rode a double at Tennent’s Raceday.

He firstly steered The Con Man (9-4), trained by Donald McCain, to win the afternoon’s feature race, the Tennent’s Lager Handicap Hurdle for the Craigie Cup by a cosy length and a half from Better Getalong and then followed that with another comfortable win on the impressive Marown, the 8-11 favourite,  for trainer Nicky Richards in the Menabrea Novice’ Hurdle.

Current champion jockey Richard Johnson had three rides on the card but drew a blank and Hughes now leads by 138-117 with seven weeks of the season left.

Hawick based trainer Donald Whillans saddled Baby Ticker, 11-1, to win the Heverlea Mares’ Handicap, with Callum Whillans in the plate and his brother Alistair also had a winner when Wind Of Hope, 8-1,  won the Caledonia Best Handicap Hurdle with Callum Bewley riding.

Another Borders trainer Sandy Thomson was also celebrating after Donna’s Delight, 11-10 favourite, defied top weight to land the three mile handicap chase and Lucinda Russell’s Max Appeal, 12-1, pulled off a surprise debut win in the national hunt flat race.

Irish trainer Adrian Keatley recorded his first win since relocating to North Yorkshire when Drumconnor Lad won the opening Tennent’s Light Handicap Chase at odds of 3-1.


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