RACING REPORT by BOB DOWNING  2nd March 2017
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This was certainly a good day to follow Venetia Williams as she completed a hat trick including the feature race of the day, with stable jockey Charlie Deutsch and for good measure also had a winner at Taunton.  Three Counties Equine Hospital Novices' Hurdle 2m 1. BILLLY HICKS David England (Sam Drinkwater) 6-1 2. By My Sea Lee Edwards (Tony Carroll) 11-8f 3. Autumn Rain  Adam Wedge (Tom Weston) 28-1 Distances: 2 1/4, 18. 10 ran. Non runners: Jamesgiftkeyscandel, Katara Bay. Billy Hicks may have gone off third favourite but trainer Sam Drinkwater admitted after the success that the victory was not unexpected. He explained: "I have ridden him for the last three days in a hood and he has been very settled in it and I fancied him today if he could put all his energies into the race rather than being a lunatic." Billy Hicks was soon leading the field and despite being challenged all the way down the home straight, David England kept him up to his work. Mansion was the first to crack after a mistake at the third last, quickly followed by Miss Williams and that left Billy Hicks with favourite Be My Sea and Autumn Rain for company but they were unable to strike a blow. Drinkwater added: "He have always thought a lot of this horse. He has had his problems but he will go chasing next season," Racing UK On Sky 432 Chase (A Novices' Limited Handicap) 2m 4f 1. KAP JAZZ Charlie Deutsch (3) (Venetia Williams). 10-11f 2. Some Are Lucky Adrian Heskin (Tom George) 15-8 3. Colin's Brother Jamie Bargary (3) Nigel Twiston-Davies) 9-2. Distances: 2, 24, 4 ran. Kap Jazz defied a penalty for a win at Doncaster recently to complete the double. Venetia Williams entered him here under a penalty because he was due to rise 13lb in the weights. But it was not until the second last fernce that Kap Jazz was able to doiminate long time leader Some Are Lucky. The trainer said: "He has always been a slow learner but he is a horse we have always liked and its nice to see him getting his confidence and going forward."  She added: "He is a horse who has always been more forward physically than mentally and I think further will play to his strengths." Henman Marquees "National Hunt" Novices' Handicap Hurdle. 2m 5 1/2f 1.SEYMOUR STAR Andrew. Tinkler (Alastair  Ralph) 8-1 2. Baron Du Plessis Aidan Coleman (Ian Williams). 11-4 3. Mixchievous Charlie Deutsch (3) (Venetia Williams) 7-2 Distances: 3. 1/2, 9. 5 ran Despite a big rise in the weights for his success over course and distance just over a month ago, Seymour Star gave rookie trainer Alistair Ralph another victory at his local track. Andrew Tinkler had taken Seymour Star into the lead from flag fall and although his rivals looked as though they were preparing a strong assault. But he kept up the gallop to see off Baron Du Plessis. Ralp said: "He has go stronger and the plan was to make all the running.and Andrew has given him a great ride. We will no doubt go up again in the weights and that will decide where we go next." Forbra Gold Cup Handicap Chase 3m 1. MARCILHAC Aidan Coleman (Venetia Williams). 100-30 2. Nansaroy Adam Wedge (Evan Williams) 3-1f 3. Roc D'Apsis Adrian Heskin (Tom George) 7-2 Distances: 8, 2. 7 ran. If you were looking for omens for the winner of this race, all you had to do is remember the colours Aidan Coleman was wearing when he brought up his century of winners last season. He arrived at the track on the 99- winner mark and was again wearing the colours of Mr Andrew Brooks and history repeated itself as he guided Marcilmac to an emphatic success. Marcilhac kept Dusky Lark company for most of the trip until he went clear at the second last. It was his third winner in a week for the trainer and comes after he started the season with a deficit of 59 winners to catch up. Cont…..  
He explained: "I had 59 winners for John Ferguson last season but when he stopped training that was a huge chuck of rides to lose. But I have been fortunate but my agent Dave Roberts has been fantastic in picking up rides for me." Venetia Williams said: "He did not enjoy himself at Taunton last time and the ground would noit have helped. He is a big horse and he probably appreciated the daylight he got today up front." Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Mares' Handicap Hurdle 3m 1. MISS TONGABEZI Fergus Gregory (10) (Paul Webber) 6-1 2. Two Swallows Mr Alex Ferguson (Ben Pauling) 11-10f 3. Still Believing Adam Wedge (Evan Williams) 8-1 Sahara Haze finished second but was disqualified after an objection by the Clerk of the Scales for weighing in light. We saw last meeting what an advantage running on the stands side in the home straight can be and this was the course Miss Tongabezi charted to defy an absence since Boxing Day when she won at Huntingdon. She travelled well throughout the race under waiting tactics. Sahara Haze led the field turning for home but Paul Webber's charge had too much for her rivals and won with plenty in hand.  George Jones Memorial Open Hunters' Chase 2m 4f 1. PERSIAN SNOW (Mr David Maxwell (3) Philip Hobbs 1-2f 2. Colbert Station  (Mr J J O'Neill (5) Jonjo O'Neill 11-4 3. Free World (Miss L Brooke (3) Lady Susan Brooke 50-1 Distances: nk, 15. 8 ran. Non-runner: Moscow Chancer Top amateur rider David Maxwell celebrated his first win at Ludlow two meetings ago on Persian Snow and he repeated the feat this time although he was made to fight for the success by Colbert Station. Free World This pair had the race between them from the fourth last after they had collared long time leader Free World and they had a battle royal before Maxwell inched to the verdict. Maxwell said: "He was not as fresh as he was here last time and he got more of race but he certainly put his head down." He also reported that Persian Snow is likely to go to Aintree for the Foxhunters as he has experience of the fences and is ideal at the trip Clive Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) 2m 1. CENTURIUS (Charlie Deutsch (3) Venetia Williams 11-8 f 2. Crappielow Park (Ciaran Gethings) Ali Stronge 40-1 3. Hear The Chimes (Aiden Blakemore (10) Shaun Harris  9-2 Distances: 6, 2 1/2. 9 ran. The hat-trick for Venetia Williams and Charlie Deutsch came courtesy of favourite Centurius who was always close up and was going well as they turned for home although the danger was Serenity Now until he crashed out at the third last. Then Cappielow Park at a big price ranged alongside but despite a mistake at the second last, Centurius was the stronger. Venetia said: "He has been waiting to win for a while and he will be going chasing next season." He ran in the colours of the Venetia Williams Racing Club who have 15 members - with just five shares left.          Marcilhac  
Kap Jazz
Seymour Star  
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