At Newbury you get entertaining racing & the chance to turn a pound stake into seventy quid on the Tote
A sunny day at Newbury Racecourse saw a good crowd for the eight race card. The card came with a warm-up act in the shape of a race for purebred Arabians sponsored by the Dubai International Arabian Races - and in the first race a major surprise for punters - well, for some of them.
To top off a good day's racing, Newbury Racecourse was named as the best large Racecourse in the south of England by the Racegoers Club. 'Team Newbury' was delighted with this accolade.
Local trainer Richard Hannon had to wait till the 4.30 race - The Be Wiser Insurance 'Confined' Handicap Stakes over seven furlongs - for a winner with Limelite a three-year-old bay filly who had gone to post as the favourite. Under Ryan Moore this daughter of Dark Angel made good on her seventh race to win by three-quarters of a length
The Hannon yard was very pleased with her saying she "...made a bold bid for home and won convincingly in the end. She was much improved the other day at Lingfield and it was great to get her head in front here. She will take away plenty of confidence and hopefully this will lead to her winning a few more races."
The feature race of the day was the listed Lord Weinstock Memorial EBF Stallions Stakes won by Elas Ruby under James Doyle. The filly was one of two runners for John Gosden and stole the show over the mile and two furlong course winning by a good margin. Gosden's other entry - Smart Together ridden by William Buick - came home in third place. The photo show she was just a 'shoulder' behind Ryan Moore's mount Ebbesbourne.
The favourite for the race was Talaayeb - fourth in the 1000 Guineas - but here failed to see out the trip on her first start beyond a mile. She came in seventh under champion jockey Jim Crowley.
The first thoroughbred race on the card - a six furlong sprint - gave punters a shock. Stevie Donohoe piloted two-year old colt Bullington Bandit to win the first division of the Be Wiser Insurance Novice Stakes by a neck from Being There.
The favourite was Richard Hannon trained Rogue who came in fourth - just two lengths behind the winner.
Trained in Newmarket by Jane Chappel-Hyam, in his first ever race Bullington Bandit went to post as an 80/1 outsider in the ten entry field. That saw a £1 stake on the Tote turn into £71.10. It also saw some of the horse's connections and followers all but turning somersaults as their horse inched home.
[Photos courtesy of Newbury Racecourse]