HORSE RACING: It’s a Dunne deal as Grand National-bound jockey tastes success at Huntingdon

Meldrum Lad winning for trainer Seamus Durack and jockey Conor OFarrell at Huntingdon Racecourse on

Meldrum Lad winning for trainer Seamus Durack and jockey Conor OFarrell at Huntingdon Racecourse on Monday. Picture: STEVE DAVIES - Credit: Archant

Jockey Robbie Dunne warmed up for a tilt at the Randox Health Grand National with a winner at Huntingdon Racecourse on Monday.

Dunne, who will be aboard Gas Line Boy in Saturday’s £1 million spectacular at Aintree, struck at the local track when the Sarah Hollinshead-trained Head High won for him at odds of 13-2 in the Six Places At Aintree At 188Bet Maiden Hurdle.

Ciaran Gethings moved to within two winners of his best total for a season after riding Katy P to glory in the US Masters Golf At 188Bet Maiden Novices’ Hurdle. Trainer Philip Hobbs’ five-year-old triumphed by half a length.

Meldrum Lad landed a gamble in the Chase for handler Seamus Durack who acknowledged that he had a bet himself. The horse was priced at 10-1 in the morning, but was backed into 4-1 favourite and landed the two-and-a-half mile contest.

Other winners on the day included Ryeolliean, the 11-4 favourite, in the 188Bet Handicap Hurdle, another market leader Peal Of Bells (7-4) in the Follow Us On Twitter At 188Bet Handicap Hurdle, Troufion at 4-1 in the Bet £10 Get £30 At 188Bet Handicap Chase and Cresswell Legend at 7-2 in the Live Casino at 188Bet Standard National Hunt Flat Race.

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It proved to be a painful day for one jockey. Kielan Woods was taken to hospital with a broken pelvis after falling from Bare Necessities in the 188Bet Handicap Hurdle.

The next fixture at Huntingdon is the Easter Monday Big Family Raceday. An advance ticket offer is available - £25 for two adults, up to four children and two Easter sweet bags.

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