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RACING: Longsdon is on cloud nine
CHIPPING Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon was able to reflect on an ‘unbelievable week’, which saw him record nine winners, including an across-the-card five-timer.
That nap hand of victories on Friday – made up of a treble at Carlisle and a double at Newton Abbot – saw him rocket to the top of the Racing Post’s hot trainers’ list with a 56 per cent wins-runs ratio over the last two weeks.
Longsdon sent six horses on the 500-mile round trip to the north-west outpost.
And market leaders Up To Some-thing (6-4), Drop Out Joe (11-10) and Sergeant Mattie (10-11) made up his trio of winners, with stable jockey Noel Fehily on board.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the country, Harristown (5-1), with Kielan Woods in the plate, and Orange Nassau (9-4), in the hands of Aidan Coleman, racked up a double. “It has been an unbelievable week with Friday being a stunning day with three winners at Carlisle and two more at Newton Abbott,” said Longs-don.
Up To Something jumped superbly to make a winning debut over fences in a novices’ handicap chase over two miles. And Longsdon added: “The trip is far too sharp for him, but he loves his jumping and could be quite exciting this year.”
Killala Quay (8-11) continued his winning streak with a six-lengths success at Chepstow on Saturday, with Fehily again in the saddle.
Longsdon’s memorable week had started with Theatrelands (5-2) and Fehily landing a Towcester handicap hurdle in good style on Wednesday.
The following day Our Kaempfer (4-11), ridden by Fehily, and Dawn Commander (15-8), with Jason Maguire on board, made it an across-the-card double with easy wins at Worcester and Exeter respectively.
Longsdon was keen to give the credit for his yard’s success to his staff and Fehily, who now stands second in the jockeys’ table with 53 winners, headed only by the 18-times champion Tony McCoy, who is on the 93-mark.
“It is great for us having the horses in such good form, and I am so lucky to have such a great team here at Hull Farm,” he said.
“I am also very lucky to have Noel Fehily riding the horses.
“He is an exceptional horseman and jockey and to see him lying second in the jockeys’ table with over 50 winners already this season is a true testament to years of hard work.”