Until we’re able to get back racing, we’re doing our best to bring back some memories from last year. Here’s what was happening on this day last year…
DANNY Tudhope ended the season as Redcar’s champion jockey but May 28, 2019 underlined the ups and downs of horse racing.
Every jockey has endured the frustration of a horse refusing to go in the starting stalls, but Tudhope had three in one day – two of them favourites.
It started in the first race when Archie Watson’s filly Quiet Word proved unruly and didn’t race.
Then Hitman refused to go in the stalls in race four, and an unwanted hat-trick was completed in the fifth when odds-on shot Hamish, trained by William Haggas, was also left behind at the start.
Fortunes finally changed for Tudhope in the seventh race when Inspired Thought, main picture, won the Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Stakes for Archie Watson.
Asked if he'd ever known a day like it, Tudhope joked: "No, I haven't – I just can't wait to get home!"
Bella Brazil, trained at Thirsk by David Barron and ridden by Tom Eaves, ended up winning the opening Longines Irish Champion Weekend EBF filies’ Novice Stakes.
It was a welcome victory for former British Horseracing Board chairman, Peter Savill, who flew over from Ireland to see his filly run and was confident of a big run.
Bella Brazil went on to win again on the all-weather at Kempton at the end of the season.
Tom Eaves enjoyed a double when The Join Racing TV Now Handicap Stakes was won in good style by Verdigris, trained at Stillington by Ruth Carr.
With Hamish out of the running, Sneaky Peak, trained by Andrew Balding, dominated the Watch Irish Racing On Racing TV Median Auction Maiden Stakes with David Probert in the saddle. It was the 100th winner for the Kingsclere Racing Club.
Mel Roberts had double cause for celebration after the Richard Fahey-trained Fantastic Ms Fox won the Follow Redcarracing On Facebook & Twitter Maiden Handicap Stakes (Division One) under Tony Hamilton. Mel not only owned the filly but bred her too. After being sold and switching to the Noel Williams yard, Fantastic Ms Fox went on to win follow-up races at Doncaster in December and January.
Archie Watson doesn’t often make the trip north very often but he was at Redcar to see his yard score a double. Victoriano preceded Inspired Thought’s victory by landing the Facebook & Twitter Maiden Handicap Stakes (Division Two) under a determined ride by Edward Greatrex.
Seven-pound claimer Cian Macredmond was seen to good effect as Machree, trained at Malton by Declan Carroll, won the Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Fillies' Handicap Stakes.
And Mansfield was a big hit for the Style Council syndicate, winning the Watch Race Replays At Racingtv.com Amateur Riders' Handicap Stakes. Mansfield was a first flat winner for Lancashire trainer Stella Barclay and earned the smile of the day from winning jockey Joanna Mason.