Sedgefield review 01/09/16

Surprisingly given that it is only 70 miles from home this was my first visit to the county Durham course.

It was a positive first experience and one I plan to repeat sooner rather than later.

The course has a punter friendly layout with good viewing. Admission prices compare unfavourably with Hexham however .

The first race provided one of two blanket finishes with Optimistic Bias just repelling the challenges of Skylander and Volcanic. Favourite Luccombe Down hadn’t jumped that well but was bang there when brought down 3 out. Volcanic looked particularly well and can gain compensation soon.    Optimistic Bias and Richie McLernon
Next up was looking novice mares hurdle. Richard Johnson rode a canny race on Lucy Mc to expose the quirkiness of his superior rival For Goodness Sake by never letting the favourite put the race to bed.

    The mares hurdle with a circuit to go.
Anti Cool completed the hat-trick in the novice chase in another three-way finish. Blake Dean having look the first beaten might have gone even closer had he not been checked at the last by the winner.

Charlie Poste telling ATR how Anti Cool completed the hat trick .
Jokers and Rogues set a furious pace in the fourth race setting it up for the Donald McCain training Venue for it to clear after the last. Mighty missile run no sort of race and completed and measurable trip north for Gavin Sheehan.

   Venue and Will Kennedy

The Donald McCain trained The Backup Plan watched by part owner David Moyes was strongly fancied to take the handicap Chase but didn’t jump particularly well and was easily beaten by the impressively ridden Degooch under Brendan Powell. The winner could be capable of winning a bigger prize than this.

Vics Last Stand was a comfortable winner of the 6th race the rider reporting that he is better suited by the shorter trip given his keen running style. Runner up Pixiepot looked to make a winning move entering the straight where Brian Hughes told punters he thought she would win but didn’t pick up on the fast ground and finished lame. 

 Vics Last Stand
Our Reward made short work of his rivals in the final race where Crakehall Lads tardy jumping cost him whatever chance he had. 
For future reference the going was on the quick side of good.
An enjoyable and successful day (3 winners) and a course I can recommend for a low key days jump racing.
Two for the notebook :
Degooch may still be improving under his new trainer Johnny Farrelly
Jacks Last Hope was well off the pace on this quick ground but finished strongly and is still on a good mark.


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