• Ian Ender



Not What It Seems who has often threatened to win a race improved on all his previous efforts when winning the second race by two and three quarter length under a tremendous ride from Emma Smith-Chaston. If Emma hadn't have bravely held her ground when the horse on her right left her short of room going down to the second last, she would have lost momentum, and surely any chance of winning. Not What It Seems will be seen to even better effect when he goes chasing next season, but in the meantime there could be another hurdle race with his name on it.


Bon Vitesse won for the second time over hurdles in just four starts under Alan Cawley. She has run with credit on all three previous runs since going hurdling, and on paper this race looked a match between her and the odds on favourite who went into the race rated only 1lb higher. Bon Vitesse sat in second all the way round behind the odds on shot, until Alain challenged approaching the last, and won going away by three lengths. Bon Vitesse has a bright future over hurdles, but should also be closely followed when returning to the flat this summer.


Great Raffles who had shown next to nothing in his first 11 starts, has now shown on his last three starts that he is progressing nicely. After finishing third at Wetherby in February over two miles and three furlongs, he stepped up to three miles for the first time 17 days ago when winning by a neck at that track. He has now shown that he stays forever, when doing his best work at the business end over the mammoth three miles and three furlongs, when galloping clear from the last to win by eight and a half lengths under Alain Cawley.

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Congratulations to all of the winning connections, Ryder Sugden, and The Golden Cuckoo.

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