HORSE RACING: Star Foot triumphs by a neck to prevent a repeat success in the big race at Huntingdon
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A repeat success was thwarted by a narrow margin in the big race at Huntingdon last Saturday.
Irish raider Baby Jake, ridden by Rachael Blackmore for trainer John Joseph Hanlon, was pipped by a neck when attempting to win the Woodhurst Construction Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle for the second consecutive year.
The 3/1 favourite went down to Star Foot – a 7/1 shot ridden by Page Fuller for trainer Jo Davis – in a thrilling finish to the two-mile contest.
Blackmore and Hanlon did gain compensation little more than an hour later when Rare Legend took the three mile, one furlong Woodhurst Construction Handicap Hurdle at odds of 6/1.
Favourites obliged in four of the seven races that made up the annual Winter Ladies’ Day fixture.
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Silver Kayf took the opening novices’ hurdle at 6/4 for jockey Mikey Hamill and trainer Kim Bailey before odds-on chance Casablanca Mix (8/11) was steered to success in the mares novices’ chase by Ned Curtis for trainer Nicky Henderson - both races run over two miles, three furlongs. Henderson then completed a double courtesy of 5/6 market leader French Crusader (Alan Doyle) in the closing bumper.
Clondaw Castle (Ciaran Gethings riding for Tom George) took the two-mile maiden hurdle at 6/5 and Compadre landed the two mile, four furlong handicap chase for Jonjo O’Neill under jockey Killian Moore.
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Racing returns on Sunday, December 10 when Huntingdon stages its biggest meeting of the year. More than £125,000 in prize money is up for grabs on Betfred Peterborough Chase Day.