HORSE RACING: Leading lady Lizzie Kelly lands the big race at Huntingdon

Esprit De Somoza and Lizzie Kelly (number five) win the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon

Esprit De Somoza and Lizzie Kelly (number five) win the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon Racecourse. Picture: STEVE DAVIES - Credit: Archant

The big race came complete with a sizable shock at Huntingdon Racecourse last Friday.

Esprit De Somoza and Lizzie Kelly after victory in the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon R

Esprit De Somoza and Lizzie Kelly after victory in the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon Racecourse. Picture: STEVE DAVIES - Credit: Archant

Espirit De Somoza – a 20/1 shot for jockey Lizzie Kelly – sped clear to land the Smarkets Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle.

The four year-old, trained by Nick Williams, prevailed by five lengths in the five-runner contest staged over a shade under two miles.

Odds-on favourite Style De Garde, for champion trainer Nicky Henderson, could only manage a disappointing fourth place, but the stable did record three winners on the card with three different jockeys on board them.

Terrefort (6/4 favourite) obliged for Daryl Jacob in the novices’ handicap chase over two miles and four furlongs, Turtle Wars (3/1) took the two-mile maiden hurdle under Noel Fehily, and The Vocalist (2/1 favourite) landed the closing mares’ maiden hurdle in the hands of Nico de Boinville.


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The opening handicap hurdle went to the David Dennis-trained Just So Cool (Kieron Edgar) and the near-three mile handicap chase was won by Fly Home Harry from the Charlie Longsdon stable. Jockey Paul O’Brien did the steering.

The next fixture at Huntingdon is on January 26.

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