Trainer Fergal O’Brien enjoyed as favourites landed the spoils for him in two races at Market Rasen Racecourse.
The feature contest, the MansionBet-sponsored handicap hurdle, which was the richest race run in Britain on Wednesday, went to the 15-8 market leader Ballyhome, ridden by Connor Brace. It was the 30th winner of businessman Stewart Andrew’s 20+ years as a racehorse owner.
O’Brien’s other winner was Benny’s Bridge in the opening novices’ hurdle which, like all the races, was also sponsored by MansionBet. Paddy Brennan was in the saddle this time on the 4-6 odds-on favourite.
Trainer Phil Kirby, who will send out Blaklion in the Randox Health Grand National a week on Saturday, watched Lady Camelot land the maiden hurdle at 13-8. His Ice Galley, a 12-1 chance, won the concluding conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle.
A trainer who knows how to win a Grand National is Dr Richard Newland, a big supporter of the Lincolnshire racecourse, and his Nikki Steel won the two-mile handicap chase at 5-1 under jockey Sam Twiston-Davies.
Another Grand National-winning trainer is Sue Smith and her Iskabeg Lane took the two-and-a-half mile handicap chase under Danny Cook, also at 5-1.
The Pam Sly-bred, trained and part-owned Acertain Circus, a 9-2 fancy, was successful in the handicap hurdle, which was run over a distance of one furlong less than three miles.
*The next racing at Market Rasen is on Wednesday, 3rd April, the latest County Raceday with adult tickets available from just £10 in advance. There are seven races, the first of which is at 2pm. On County Racedays, visitors can access all enclosures so they can make the best of what’s on offer.
More information is available at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/marketrasen/ from where tickets can be bought in advance.