RACING: Longsdon celebrates his 300th winner

Witney Gazette: Charlie Longsdon celebrated his 300th winner when Harristown won at Huntingdon Charlie Longsdon celebrated his 300th winner when Harristown won at Huntingdon

Charlie Longsdon reached another milestone in his burgeoning career when Harristown gave him his 300th winner with a surprise 20-1 success at Huntingdon.

It took the Chipping Norton trainer’s tally for the season to 65 winners – just four short of his previous best.

He said: “In just over six years training, I am delighted to reach the milestone – it is all down to the hard work of the lads here.”

Kielan Woods got a good leap out of Harristown at the last flight in the 32Red Juvenile Hurdle, while Baradari blundered, handing the advantage to Longsdon’s charge, who won by a length.

It was the second time Longsdon had won the four-year-old hurdle for the Chatteris Fen Trophy, having saddled Songe to claim victory in the extended two-mile event six years ago.

He added: “It is great to get a surprise winner, especially when it is 20-1.

“To be honest I thought he was more of a 10-1 shot and had a small each-way chance, but to win was an added bonus.

“Kielan gets on very well with the horse and has won on him both times he has ridden him.”

Harristown could now go for the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Twoways followed up his Towcester win for Leafield owner-trainer Mark Rimell with victory at Carlisle.

The eight-year-old again showed his liking for testing conditions by coming home two and a quarter lengths clear of Hallmark Star under Conor O’Farrell.

Rimell reported that it had taken the gelding, who is for sale, time to get his act together, and that he should be even better over fences.

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