HORSERACING: Gold and Fortune great for Gollings at Market Rasen

Peter Thompson'Brunswick Gold trained by Steve Gollings with top jockey Richard Johnson on board returns to the winners enclosure after his big win at Market Rasen.
Peter Thompson'Brunswick Gold trained by Steve Gollings with top jockey Richard Johnson on board returns to the winners enclosure after his big win at Market Rasen.
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A double for Scamblesby trainer Steve Gollings was the highlight of Sunday’s card at Market Rasen.

Gollings saddled Brunswick Gold (3-1) in the fifth race, the Rum ‘N’ Rasen Handicap Chase, and had booked top jockey Richard Johnson as the eight-year-old’s pilot.

It was a winning combination and from two out the Gollings mount got in front and never looked like being caught,romping home by 11 lengths.

Gollings said:“He came back with an injury from Scotland but it turned out not to be serious. Sometimes he lacks confidence and it will really be up to the handicapper as to what we do with him now.”

He did not rule out a return to the course for the Summer Plate in July, but was not sure his mark would be good enough to get him in.

Gollings saddled Make me a Fortune (2-1f) in the bumper at the bottom of the card and with A.P. McCoy on board he was always going to be the punter’s favourite.

They were rewarded as a typical driving finish by McCoy got his mount up by a neck from Mutannawar. McCoy has quite a record now in rides for Gollings, recording seven from fifteen for the yard.

Saturday morning’s rain had eased the going to good,good to soft in places.

Outsider Godwit, a 25-1 shot, outwitted them all in the opening Intro to Racing Maiden Hurdle. Trained by Eugene Stanford with Jack Quinlon up the five-year-old was only a plating class maiden on the flat and had not visited a racecourse since last August.

Market Rasen trainer Michael Chapman brought Monzino across the Willingham Road from his Woodlands stables but he was never near to challenge.

Galley Slave has done better for Chapman and the trainer applied a visor on his charge for the Class 4 Calvert’s Carpets Handicap Hurdle. He also finished out of the places. Winner was Fitandproperjob (6-1) who had apprentice James Banks on board.

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The winner’s only previous success was off a similar mark in December and he showed again that he performs better on ground with just a bit of cut in it. Beaten 12 lengths at Taunton last time, this was his best effort yet.

The winner’s only previous success was off a similar mark in December and he showed again that he performs better on ground with just a bit of cut in it. Beaten 12 lengths at Taunton last time, this was his best effort yet.

Churchfield Champ (9-2) and Whiskey Ridge (13-8f) looked the pick of the field in the third race, a novice handicap chase. So it proved as there was plenty of distance between these two and the rest by the time they were clearing the last.

Top weight Churchfield Champ, under Noel Fehily, timed his run perfectly to get up by a length. The horse was upped in trip for this three-mile chase and clearly has the stamina and jumping ability to do better chasing than in his hurdling career. Xenophon from Chapman’s stable was unplaced.

Dizzy River (6-1) took the Calverts Carpets and Flooring Handicap Hurdle to give trainer Brian Ellison another win at the track after a double last meeting.

After Gollings had won his first of the double there was more local interest as Farmer Frank gave his all in the three horse hunter chase. Jane Kent trains him as part of husband Nick’s operation at Newstead near Brigg. Nick Kent had mixed feelings about hopes of another win from his wife’s charge before the start.

He said: “The ground is against him really, we wanted it quicker. The favourite looks a fair horse as well.”

So it proved as even money Arctic Pride jumped impressively before overtaking Farmer Frank two out to go on to win by five lengths.

Arctic Pride, with four wins on the trot at the end of last season, was not disgraced in a high quality chase at Cheltenham last time and had just a little bit too much class for his Brigg rival.