Clonusker showed that he was back to form when finishing 2nd in a conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle over 2 miles at Plumpton today. Ridden by Charlie Deutsch he led from the start at a sensible pace in the testing ground and, although shaken up towards the top of the hill on the first circuit, he maintained his position and was still in the van turning for home. He had one serious challenger from two out who proved too strong approaching the last, leaving Clonusker to gallop on and hold second place, beaten two lengths.
Clonusker before the race.
Into the unsaddling area reserved for the 2nd placed horse.
Frankie (stable hand at Linda's), having her first ever race ride, won the amateur riders' race on Claude
Greenwood at Southwell this afternoon.
Drawn in stall one, a good start was essential. He came out well but
could not establish himself at the front, Frankie doing well not to get boxed
in midfield before the turn. She settled for third place on the rail a
couple of lengths behind the leader. The field had split in two by the
middle of the back straight with Claude well up in the leading pack.
Turning for home Frankie moved to the outside of the weakening leader, having
judged the pace well, and Claude Greenwood eased into the lead. He continued
galloping to the line, with Frankie just encouraging him and keeping him balanced, for what
appeared to be a comfortable win by 2 and a quarter lengths.
This victory keeps Linda as leading trainer at Southwell on strike rate.
Fifi L’Amour made
a pleasing comeback after a 250 day break, as Kayflin did last Monday, when she
finished 3rd in a maiden handicap hurdle at Fakenham from 5 pounds
out of the handicap.Under Brendan
Powell she was jumped off at the front on the outside of another horse that
wanted to be prominent.They set a good
gallop in the blustery conditions and maintained their positions, creating a
small gap to the third placed horse, until turning out of the back straight for
the final time.Here the leader moved on
as Fifi tried to keep pace.The
favourite, who had looked beaten down the back, began to stay on and the three
of them were all in contention rounding the turn for home.The favourite got up to win and Fifi finished
third beaten a neck and 4 lengths.
Kayflin made a return to racing, and a debut for Valence
Racing, today at Plumpton and finished a very pleasing 2nd.She was the outsider of the field of 8 at 22/1.She was keen early, after her 204 day lay
off, and Tom Garner had to hold her up near the back in the 2 mile
contest.She was well in touch going out
on the final circuit and Tom moved her up to the leaders down the hill.She was jumping well and there were only her
and one other in contention rounding the bottom bend.The other horse pulled away but Kayflin
stayed on up the hill in a clear second place, twelve lengths ahead of the
third placed horse.