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Double celebration for jockeys Johnson and Skelton

19th May 2019 Market Rasen

The top two jump jockeys in Britain over the last 12 months are buzzing at Market Rasen again after two winners apiece at the racecourse’s meeting themed on the 1940s.

Punters were also in the money on Sunday if they were backing favourites, with market leaders winning six of the eight races. Four of the sextet came courtesy of Richard Johnson and Harry Skelton.

Johnson, who has been champion rider for the last four seasons in Britain, partnered the 2-9 odds-on favourite Whatmore to land the MansionBet Novices’ Chase, and he was also in the saddle for 11-8 fancy Craigmor’s victory in the MansionBet Faller Insurance Handicap Chase.

Skelton rode two winners for his brother Dan – the 6-5 chance Istimraar in the MansionBet Faller Insurance Handicap Hurdle and 11-4 shot Bandsman in the MansionBet Dam Buster Handicap Chase.

The other two successful market leaders were trainer Alan King’s Akarita Lights at 1-5 in the MansionBet Maiden Hurdle and 11-4 fancy The Sweeney, trained by Emma Lavelle, in the MansionBet Handicap Hurdle.

The two races in which the favourites faltered were the opening and concluding contests. Siannes Star took the Cherries Hair & Beauty Novices’ Hurdle at 6-4 and Moidore won the Download The MansionBet App Handicap Hurdle at 5-1.

*The next fixture at Market Rasen is on Friday, 7th June, when Madness will be in concert after racing. Gates will open at 11.50am, with the first race starting two hours later. The finale is at 5pm. The concert is between 5.30pm and 7pm, with bars closing at 8pm.

More information is available at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/marketrasen/ from where tickets can be bought in advance.

For further information, please contact:
Nadia Powell, General Manager, at Market Rasen Racecourse, on 01673 843434 or nadia.powell@thejockeyclub.co.uk

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