Clyne’s four-timer!

Monday, 26 December 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Equine

Evan Williams’ six-year-old bay gelding Clyne made it four wins in a row when landing the 32Red.Com Handicap Hurdle at fog bound Haydock Park last Saturday.

Carrying top weight of 11st, 12lbs, the 6-1 chance ridden by Adam Wedge landed the first prize of £12,512 when beating Le Rocher partnered by Lizzie Kelly in a close finish.

Owing to the poor visibility no official times or distances were given but a happy Wedge said: “It was a messy old race but the conditions were safe as we jockeys look out each other and at the finish my mount stuck his neck out.”

Some racing folk thought that the meeting should have been abandoned owing to the poor visibilty and televison viewers and most racegoers had no idea as to the winner of the race until sometime afterwards.

ISABEL’S FIRST WIN UNDER RULES

Isabel Williams, aged 19, daughter of Llancarfan’s Evan and Catherine Williams, chalked-up her first win under National Hunt rules when landing the Free Spins At 188Bet Casino Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle at Exeter last Thursday.

Isabel riding her father’s seven-year-old bay gelding AbbeyGrey, which went off the 3-1 favourite in a field of 13 runners, won by two and a quarter lengths from Late Shipment.

Isabel rode a well judged and patient race and she said: “It might take some time to sink in as it’s my first winner under rules from four rides. I couldn’t be more pleased and relieved all in one go as it matters a lot getting this one on the board.”

Her proud and emotional father said: “This horse is more than a character and he wouldn’t want to go to the front too soon. I instructed Isabel to be patient and to get him into the race as late as possible and she followed my orders to the letter and rode a perfect race.”

Last May at the mud soaked Gelligaer Farmers Hunt Steeplechases, Isabel rode her first point-to-point winner when taking the young horse maiden event on Tenant Farmer.

She’s also had a couple of rides on the flat in which she has been placed too, and the odds are that we will be reading a lot more about this promising young rider in the future.

Meanwhile, Evan had more to smile about 24 hours later when his five-year-old De Dollar Man won the BetFred TV Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Uttoxeter under stable jockey Paul Moloney.

BRIAN LEE

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