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Applaus leads home a clean sweep as we win three at Wetherby

29th March 2018

Joe Buzzeo’s six year old German bred gelding Applaus (11/1) came out on top as we dominated the 1m7f handicap chase at Wetherby this afternoon, our other runners Caraline and Roxyfet filling the places to complete a notable 1-2-3.

You could make a pretty good case for all three of ours beforehand but we really didn’t expect them to have the finish of such a competitive looking little contest to themselves, yet with one fence to jump you couldn’t call the winner as our trio pulled away from the others and prepared to fight it out.

Sedgefield specialist Roxyfet ran an absolute stormer under Fin O’Toole and held a narrow lead coming down to the last, but Sean Quinlan had given Applaus a peach of a hold up ride and once they hit the front they didn’t really look like being caught, although Caraline threw down a persistent challenge under a determined ride from our head girl Becky Smith on the run in.

Applaus, who’d faced stiff tasks in novice chases against the likes of Lady Buttons and Totalize on his last two starts, appreciated the return to handicap company and passed the post with a length and a quarter to spare over Caraline, who ran another massive race, with another couple of lengths back to the gallant Roxyfet who’s holding his form amazingly well in what’s been another really busy campaign.

“The race looked like it would suit all three of them so I thought why not run them all,” said the boss afterwards. “I don’t think I’ve ever had the first three in the same race before.”

For anyone who had ultimate faith in us, the tricast paid £515.91 to a £1 stake, and whether we’ve done it before or not, it’s a pretty big achievement for a hard working northern yard to send out the first three past the post, well done to all the horses and all connections for being part of such an amazing result!

Later on the card Allfredandnobell (above, 25/1) won the 2m5f handicap hurdle for his owners the Oakwood Nobels, but not in the way we would have hoped as the well backed favourite Isle Of Yew suffered a fatal fall at the final flight with the race at his mercy.

Under a well judged front running ride from Joe Colliver, Allfredandnobell had everything else in trouble when he kicked for home at the top of the straight but Isle Of Yew was cantering all over our five year old Alfred Nobel gelding and cruised into the lead under champion jockey Richard Johnson before taking a sickening tumble at the last.

Allfredandnobell, who won his maiden hurdle here last season, was left to pick up the pieces and came home three lengths ahead of Lough Salt, but it was a very upsetting end to the race and we’d like to send our deepest sympathy to connections of Isle Of Yew, who was clearly a hurdler going places.

“Allfredandnobell won a novice and was placed a couple of times so like many second season horses, he was badly handicapped,” said Micky. “He’s come down to a realistic mark now, but obviously he was fortunate to win.”

Witness (5/1) rounded off a remarkable day with victory in the concluding three mile handicap hurdle under our in form lady amateur Becks.

Held up in touch, Witness made good headway on the turn for home and stayed on relentlessly up the straight to beat Border Victor by four lengths and give Becks her eighth winner of the season, bringing her level with Page Fuller at the top of the lady amateurs’ championship.

It was a first success in the UK for Witness, a dual winner in France who’s put in a few good efforts without getting his head in front but he appreciated the drop in class today and wasn’t winning out of turn.

Silver Tassie is starting to look well treated again and he showed that his run in the heavy ground Eider last month hadn’t left any ill effects as he finished a solid third to Gonalston Cloud in the three mile handicap chase.

Our team have had a really good day at the office and if you’re coming to Open Day tomorrow, why not look out for our three winners and say well done to them!

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