The Flat returned with a bit of a bang and a bit of a wimper on rain-softened ground at Doncaster, but there was no doubting the performance of the weekend: William Haggas made it a record 4 wins in the Lincol courtesy of ADDEYYB. He routed his opponents to make a mockery of the handicap and must surely now be aimed at Group races. One to watch all Summer, for sure.
The opening race of the Flat season went to dual-purpose expert, Mick Channon. The money came hard, fast and late for his Brocklesby winner, IZZER. Izzer will now be campaigned for more lucrative 2 year old pots, but in-the-know punters are already quids-in thanks to the landing of a good old-fashioned gamble!
On Sunday at Ascot it was family day, but an old stager stole the spoils as RATHLIN ROSE grabbed the Veterans Handicap Chase under a driving ride from Tom Scudamore. There is everything to like about these veteran chases which showcase the very best of National Hunt racing longevity and jump racing fans were cheered as they prepare themselves for a period of change to allow their Flat counterparts to assume centre stage.
Over in Ireland they were on the go again at Naas which showed off its handsome new grandstand facility, but it was ON THE GO AGAIN who captured the Irish Lincolnshire to reward favourite backers at a tasty 6/1.
That man Dermot Weld was back in the winners enclosure thanks to MAKING LIGHT making light work of his rivals in the Group 3 Park Express. Surely he’ll be campaigned in even more elevated company before the Spring is out?
Finally it was all about a certain Gordon Elliot in the Ulster National as POORMANS HILL benefited from Out Sam’s misfortune at being carried out by a loose horse. Elliot trains both horses and if Cheltenham didn’t remind us of his awesome firepower, yesterday most certainly did.