Jo Hall: Night to remember for Richard
General manager Jo Hall reflects on a great night at Lansdown...
What a week it has been, with the great haul of British Olympic gold medals, Glorious Goodwood – and one of our biggest meetings of the season.
The Cider Festival lived up to its billing as one of the best evenings at the racecourse with seven closely-fought races and The Wurzels playing to round it all off.
It was certainly a meeting jockey Richard Kingscote, pictured, will always remember as he scored a hat-trick of wins.
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His first came in the opening race aboard Dream Maker, the 10/11 favourite making easy work of his seven rivals to win by three-and-a- half lengths.
Kingscote's second win came just 30 minutes later in one of our feature races, the Addlestones Fillies' Handicap. Aboard the 4/6 favourite, Kingscote held Rhagori at the back of the field before coming late and claiming success by half a length from Miss Cap Estel.
The hat-trick was completed in the sixth race as Knocker Knowles made all the running to just hold on by a head, returning at a handsome 6-1.
Last Friday also saw a return to Bath for the famous Godolphin team, founded by UAE vice-president, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Colt Future Security, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, was returning after nearly a year off but coped well with being the heavily-backed 7/4 favourite and won the other feature race by a neck.
Malcolm Saunders also found some good form last Friday with an impressive win by 7/1 shot Sunny Future – the local owner/trainer's first success at the track since the opening race meeting.
Saunders is a great supporter of Bath Racecourse and we hope his horses are now hitting good form coming into our busiest part of the season.
We are racing again on Tuesday with an exciting eight-race card, including The Tom Thumb Handicap Cl4 over five furlongs, which will attract some good sprinters to Lansdown. The action all kicks off at 2pm so come and enjoy a great afternoon.