The Coral.co.uk Future Champion Finale Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) Chepstow: The first grade 1 juvenile race of the year produced a very lucky winner in Ruacana. The ex Michael Bell trained flat horse now with John Ferguson for his hurdling campaign looked set for 3rd place as Swnymor stormed through to take it up from Megalypos just before the last flight.Swnymor then came down with a crashing fall, throwing unfortunate jockey Richard Johnson into the path of Megalypos and A P McCoy. McCoys mount was badly hampered and could not recover, allowing Ruacana and Denis O’Regan to come through and take the race. Swnymor would surely have won barring his fall and looks a smart prospect for the future. Corals make the winner 16/1 and the unlucky loser Swnymor 12/1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle in March.
The 32Red Hurdle (The Tolworth Hurdle) (Grade 1 Novices’ Hurdle) Sandown: A first and well deserved grade 1 victory for trainer Jeremy Scott and jockey Nick Scholfield as Melodic Rendezvous scored an easy victory in the Tolworth Hurdle. A first and well deserved grade 1 victory for trainer Jeremy Scott and jockey Nick Scholfield as Melodic Rendezvous scored an easy victory in the Tolworth Hurdle.The seven year old tracked the leaders until going 2nd just after two out, then taking it up at the last and running on strongly to beat the only other horse to run with any credit, Charlie Longsdon’s Pendra by 4 1/2 lengths. Melodic Rendezvous has earned a trip to the festival and will be entered in both the Supreme Novice and the Neptune.
The Coral Welsh National (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) Chepstow: Ride of the day probably belongs to Paul Carberry, winning the Coral Welsh National (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) on 10/1 shot Monbeg Dude. The Michael Scudamore trained 8yo was held up at the rear for most of the race and despite making mistakes at several fences was brought with a perfectly timed run to join A P McCoy on the favourite Teaforthree at the last. Teaforthree was given a typical strong driving finish by A P, but failed to concede 16 pounds to Monbeg Dude who won by 1/2 length in the grueling conditions.