This year, we’ve been reviving happy memories of 2019 – so here’s a look back at what was happening at our meeting a year ago tomorrow…
IT was 24 hours that amateur jockey Shannon Watts won’t forget in a hurry.
Shannon, 21, had recovered from a fall in a hurdle race at Perth the day before, and bounced back to win the AJA Novice Flat Amateur Riders’ Handicap Stakes at Redcar on Jim Goldie’s Insurplus.
“It shows the ups and downs of racing,” said Shannon.
Insurplus, pictured below, continued in good form, winning another twice before the end of the season.
David Barron’s Mr Coco Bean proved himself to be a real favourite at Redcar last season, and was winning for the fourth time at the seaside track, when he won the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Stakes under Graham Lee.
It was also a good day for young jockey Jack Mitchell, who notched up his 400th winner when Edaraat, trained by Roger Varian at Newmarket, swooped late to win theracingtv.com Straight-Mile Series Handicap Stakes.
The Mitchel-Varian combination had struck earlier when the well-backed Farzeen won the Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Novice Stakes. The filly went on to win next time out at Kempton.
The eight-race card got off to an impressive start when Macho Time made it two out of two in the Best Flat Races Live On Racing TV British EBF Novice Stakes.
First Flight, trained at Malton by Brian Ellison and ridden by Ben Robinson, won the Join Racing TV Now Selling Stakes by six lengths.
Fox Hill, trained by Eric Alston, won the Get So Much More With Racing TV Handicap Stakes (Division 2) under a strong ride by five-pound claimer Harrison Shaw.
The remaining race saw a Tim Easterby one-two as 25-1 shot Grimsdyke, under Duran Fentiman, beat stablemate Perfect Swiss, ridden by David Allan, by a whisker in the Get So Much More With Racing TV Handicap Stakes. Grimsdyke came back to win again at Redcar in September.