Forecast is for a sunny future for Rainyday Woman after win at Huntingdon

Rainyday Woman ridden by Megan Nicholls at Huntingdon

Rainyday Woman ridden by Megan Nicholls wins the Fitzdares Club Adores Henrietta Knight Mares' Standard Open NH Race at Huntingdon. - Credit: TIM GOODE/PA

There has been plenty of the wet stuff falling from the sky in the last few days so it was perhaps apt that Huntingdon Racecourse's last meeting of 2020 was dominated by a horse called Rainyday Woman.

She proved a cut above her rivals in the Fitzdares Club Adores Henrietta Knight Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race to form the highlight of a Huntingdon double for trainer Paul Nicholls.

The Tin Miner ridden by Nathan Brennan at Huntingdon Racecourse.

The Tin Miner ridden by Nathan Brennan on their way to winning the Fitzdares Supports East Anglia's Children's Hospices Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Huntingdon Racecourse. - Credit: TIM GOODE/PA

Having made a winning debut for the 11-times champion trainer at Stratford last month, the imposing five-year-old had little problem in following up, running out a decisive winner.

Prominently-ridden throughout, the 7-2 joint-favourite galloped on strongly all the way to the line under Nicholls' daughter, Megan, winning by three and a half lengths.

Paddys Motorbike ridden by Jordan Nailor at Huntingdon Racecourse

Paddys Motorbike ridden by Jordan Nailor on their way to winning the Fitzdares Club Re-Opens In January Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon. - Credit: TIM GOODE/PA

Assistant trainer Harry Derham said: "I think the fact she is a big, strong mare in those conditions suited well as she stays very well.
"Meg was a bit concerned she did a fraction too much for the first mile, but I'd say she has a good level of ability."

Rainyday Woman is likely to wait until next season before having her attentions switched to hurdles, according to Derham.

He added: "I suspect we will stick to bumpers for this season. You could either go to the listed bumper at Sandown or the Grade Two at Aintree for girls.

"She will be one to really look forward to in mares' novice hurdles next season."

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Silent Revolution completed a brace for both Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden after landing the Fitzdares Wishes Everyone A Merry Christmas Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race by a short head.

Derham said of the 11-10 favourite: "He is a nice horse, but he wouldn't want the ground that deep.

"He got done for a bit of toe turning in but he showed a fantastic attitude for a young horse to stay on like that."

Cobden had earlier crossed the line first with the Colin Tizzard-trained Premiumaccess in the Fitzdares Club Right Now Novices' Handicap Chase.

Premiumaccess ridden by Harry Cobden at Huntingdon Racecourse

Premiumaccess ridden by Harry Cobden clears the last before going on to win the Google The Fitzdares Club Right Now Novices' Handicap Chase at Huntingdon Racecourse. - Credit: TIM GOODE/PA

Jockey Bryony Frost and trainer Lucy Wadham struck gold together for the second time in three days following the nine-and-a-half-length victory secured by Eclair De Guye in the Fitzdares Fancies Goose Over Turkey Handicap Chase.

Runners and riders in the Fitzdares Fancies Goose Over Turkey Handicap at Huntingdon Racecourse

Runners and riders in the Fitzdares Fancies Goose Over Turkey Handicap Chase at Huntingdon. - Credit: TIM GOODE/PA

Frost said: "He took a bit of time to warm up, but down the back he really started to jump.

"He made some good ground then and over the last mile he really started to operate.

"I enjoyed trying to work out what the best thing to do with him was and get him on my side."

Eclair De Guye ridden by Bryony Frost at Huntingdon Racecourse

Eclair De Guye ridden by Bryony Frost clears the last before going on to win the Fitzdares Fancies Goose Over Turkey Handicap Chase at Huntingdon Racecourse. - Credit: TIM GOODE/PA

Niall Houlihan received an early Christmas present with the four-length victory aboard Zhiguli in the Fitzdares Thanks Lily O'Shea This Christmas Handicap Hurdle setting a season-best total.

Runners and riders at Huntingdon Racecourse

Runners and riders during the Fitzdares Thanks Lily O'Shea This Christmas Handicap Hurdle at Huntingdon. - Credit: TIM GOODE/PA

Houlihan said of the Gary Moore-trained winner: "That's eight winners for the season, which is great.

"There was no set target - just to ride as many winners as I could. I'm just happy to have beaten last year's total."

Zhiguli ridden by Niall Houlihan at Huntingdon Racecourse

Zhiguli ridden by Niall Houlihan (right) clears the last before going on to win the Fitzdares Thanks Lily O'Shea This Christmas Handicap Hurdle at Huntingdon. - Credit: TIM GOODE/PA


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