Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Gwanako realises Sole ambitionHeadlines
Gwanako and Jody Sole on their way to victory

Lance Bombardier Jody Sole needed a little help from champion trainer Paul Nicholls finally to get his hands on Sandown's Royal Artillery Gold Cup.

Dating back to 1863, the prize is one of the oldest events in the calendar and raises the curtain for a small series of races at the Esher course restricted to amateur riders from the Armed Services.

Nicholls was happy to engage active point-to-point jockey Sole for Gwanako as he had won the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Memorial Hunters' Chase aboard the gelding last season.

Gwanako has found things tough in regulation handicap chases, but Nicholls has collected the race four times previously with similar individuals and the 7-4 favourite was produced late on the scene to draw eight lengths clear of Fine Parchment.

Sole said: "I've been second in it a few times, including last year and the year before. I've won the Grand Military Gold Cup and the Queen Mother Memorial, but being an ex-King's Troop, Royal Artillery man, it means a lot to finally win it. It's different riding a 130-rated chaser, but I'll be back to maiden points on Sunday."

Nicholls' Bold Edition (2-1) was later a facile winner of the CGA Hunters' Chase.

Former Northumberland Plate winner Tominator (9-4) has made a stuttering start to life with Jonjo O'Neill, who kept plans close to his chest after Tony McCoy galvanised the grey past Leviathan in the Reclaims UK Helping Soldiers Novices' Hurdle.

"We've got the novice route and we might put him in some (Cheltenham) handicaps to have a look, but I'm worried he hasn't had enough experience," the trainer said.

Pistol is making steady progress, even if he only just scrambled home ahead of Sash Of Honour in a rematch from a recent Newbury meeting in the London Southend Airport Juvenile Hurdle.

Trainer Philip Hobbs said of his 11-10 favourite: "The obvious race would be the Fred Winter at Cheltenham - he hasn't won by far so you wouldn't think the handicapper will do much to him after that."

21 December 2014

Derby hero Chaparral put down
Saphir adds sparkle to Feltham
Mullins star among Christmas seven
Walsh thrilled with Sceaux spin
February return likely for That
Lough still in Lexus frame
Billy fine after Ascot spill
Hanlon hoping Cyclone strikes
Milan primed for Chepstow return
Henderson pleased with big guns
Mulholland serves up Master-class
Bayan bags big Ascot prize
Broadway proves a show-stopper
Three Long Walks for super Sivola
Queen wears Listed crown
Nicholls strikes with Saint
Sceaux puts in impressive show
Silvi the star turn in King George

20 December 2014

Sceaux puts in impressive show
Geraghty enthused by Bobs work
Walsh pain at Vautour defection
Billy puffing his chest out again
Master back in the spotlight
Grugy in line to start cantering
Newland seeks more from Re
Prize money boost in HRI initiative
Zig zips to impressive victory
New steroids policy delayed
Serge states Supreme case
Exciting Sceaux out at Fairyhouse
Firebird skips National service

19 December 2014

Martin readying big guns
Hobbs on Garde at Ascot
Fry excited by Activial chance
The New One in Haydock return
Reve camp not expecting a hat-trick
King issues Chatez Triumph warning
Bolger searching for Mossey key
King weighs up Karezak options
Henderson hoping Bobs makes Lexus
Simonsig camp play the long game
In-form Mole buries Exeter rivals
Sedgefield hit with heavy fine
Star names check in for Ryanair
Bobs revved up for Lexus repeat
Knott disqualified for three years
Geraghty braced for power Serge
Geraghty excited by Josses return
Activial stars in Ladbroke field

18 December 2014

Alvarado back for National service
Winner given Lexus go-ahead
Cheltenham dreams for King's Zero
Sivola bids for Long Walk hat-trick
Power plan uncertain for Westener
Kauto pleases in Olympia display
Mullins eyes twin assault on Lexus
Value oozes class in Newbury romp
Annie Power on road to recovery
Spencer strikes after U-turn
Vautour ready for next jumps test
Mullins banks on Faugheen progress
Victory set to skip Ladbroke
Mullins: Fever can go the distance

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2014