It's been quiet on the racing front although, while I was at Wincanton thinking that Junction Fourteen and Luke Donald: my Masters hope is approaching the $30 million mark Oscarteea both ran promisingly in their bumper races
, the week reached a kind of climax with a bizarre start to the final race at Ludlow.
Winner of two of his three bumper races
last year, much is expected of him by his champion trainer.
Both are proven over this sort of trip and the latter won three of his four bumper races
last term and was fourth in the Champion here.
Now trained by County Durham handler Howard Johnson, the fiveyear-old won two of his three bumper races
for George Moore before being sold to Wylie and his wife Andrea for 290,000 guineas, and this was his third appearance for them.
Defying a penalty in bumper races
is not easy but Knockara Luck looks a cut above her rivals in the Mencap Mares Only National Hunt Flat Race.
A winner of three bumper races
last season, Karanja was desperately unlucky in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham when jockey Nina Carberry was catapulted out of her saddle just as the starter was bringing the field in to line.
Dark Character, winner of two bumper races
and trained by Alan Swinbank, was making his jumping debut and seemed to be travelling sweetly enough for Jim Crowley as they raced to the third flight.
The Irish bet on bumper races
as if money had lost all value and there will never be a settling day.
Most want to put on seven- or eight-race cards, but the priority will go to creating more novice chases and novice hurdles and even bumper races
. These are the races that need to be run.'
"We're working as hard as we can to find racecourses that want to race andare able to race - most want to put on seven or eight-race cards but the priority will go to creating more novice chases and novice hurdles and even bumper races
. These are the races that need to be run."
A NEW series of bumper races
designed to support British racing at grassroots level was unveiled yesterday by Jockey Club Racecourses, writes James Burn.
Winner of both his bumper races
last season, the General will take plenty of beating next time and 16-1 for the Festival's opening race could prove to be sound each-way value.
In his first season he won one of his three bumper races
and with trainer Donald McCain confident that he will be all better for this outing it won't be long before he goes one better.
The six-year-old has won one of three bumper races
and will have been well schooled at King's Barbury Castle base.
Usually, only a sparse number of racegoers watch these bumper races
unless they are at the two main Festivals, but today a fair few will surely stay behind to give Jenny a last cheer, whether her horse comes first, second or last.