HORSE RACING: Court Frontier claims Cambridgeshire National glory and champion trainer Paul Nicholls lands Lady Protectress honours

Final fence drama in the 188Bet Cambridgeshire National at Huntingdon Racecourse as Wood Yer (left)

Final fence drama in the 188Bet Cambridgeshire National at Huntingdon Racecourse as Wood Yer (left) falls to gift victory to Court Frontier (right). Picture: STEVE DAVIES - Credit: Archant

There was drama at the final fence in the 188Bet Cambridgeshire National at Huntingdon Racecourse yesterday.

The outcome of the long-distance race, staged over a gruelling three-and-three-quarter miles, was still in the balance approaching the last obstacle.

But Wood Yer, ridden by Jamie Bargary for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, hit the deck to leave Court Frontier, for jockey Tom O’Brien and trainer Paul Morgan, clear to land the £25,000 contest at odds of 11/4.

The victor is now likely to be aimed at another such race with the Midlands National at Uttoxeter the target later this month.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls also sampled big-race glory yesterday by scooping the re-scheduled 188Bet Lady Protectress Mares’ Chase.


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Nicholls sent out 9/2 shot Antartica De Thaix to take the Listed contest over two-and-a-half miles.

Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies ensured his only ride of the afternoon was a triumphant one by easing past long-time leader Desert Queen over the final fence.

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Harry Skelton was the leading rider as he won three of the eight races on a bumper family fun day card.

He had to survive a stewards’ enquiry before Azzuri’s 4/11 success was confirmed in the opening maiden hurdle.

That horse was trained by his brother, Dan, and the duo struck again with another odds-on shot, Listen To The Man, in the Play Casino At 188Bet Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.

Caroline Bailey was the other trainer to provide Skelton with a winning ride as Dig Deeper took the Free Bet At 188Bet Novices’ Chase at 15/8.

All three of Skelton’s successes came on favourites and two other market leaders also obliged – both trained by Jonjo O’Neill.

Aidan Coleman steered home Lithic at a price of 7/4 in the Download The App At 188Bet Handicap Hurdle at a price of 7/4, while the trainer’s son, also Jonjo, was on board I Know U Too Well (5/4) in the closing Champions League Betting At 188Bet Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

The biggest-priced winner was 10/1 chance Braw Angus (for trainer Kim Bailey and jockey Tom Bellamy) in the 188Bet.co.uk Handicap Hurdle.

The next fixture at Huntingdon is the latest #GoRacing Day on Wednesday (March 15). Adult tickets are just £10 in advance, and £15 on the day. They can be booked online at http://huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk or by calling 0844 579 3007.

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