Jo Hall: Long trip worthwhile for trainer
General manager Jo Hall looks back on a very busy couple of days at Lansdown...
Last weekend saw the Bathwick Tyres Big Festival weekend take centre stage at Bath Racecourse.
We had 16 races spread over the two days, which produced excellent racing and some close finishes.
The ground at Bath was very firm over the weekend, which resulted in a bumper list of entries as horses from as far away as Ireland and Cumbria came for the fast conditions.
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Trainer Michael Appleby made the four-hour plus journey from Nottinghamshire and this proved to be a very wise move.
His first success came in the opening race of the two-day festival, Demora winning by a head over the minimum distance at 14/1.
Appleby then had to wait until the last race on the second day to notch up his double, with First Glance at 7/1 beating course specialist Waspy into second place
Sunday was also a very good day for jockey Pat Dobbs, who fired home a quick double aboard the well-backed favourite Jubilee Diamond at 2/5 for trainer Richard Hannon and Annes Rocket at 10/1 over the same trip of five-and-a-half furlongs.
The biggest shock in the racing world last weekend came at Doncaster, with Camelot's surprise defeat in the St Leger by the Godolphin-owned Encke.
However, Doncaster proved a bit luckier for two-year-old Sir Prancealot. He started off his career here at Bath back in May and has suffered a few defeats since his winning debut but was back on top form when claiming the Group 2 last weekend.
Here at Bath there is a little break before our next meeting on October 1. The seven-race card will be a great day out, so book in advance for extra savings.
An additional fixture has just been added to the Bath programme, with racegoers able to enjoy the action for just £10 on Friday, October 12.
For more information, visit www.bath-racecourse.co.uk.