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RACING: Mixed fortunes for Longsdon
Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon reflected on the ups and downs of National Hunt racing after his Huntingdon double on Tuesday was marred by the tragic loss of stable stalwart Strongbows Legend.
The master of Hull Farm Stables continued his rich vein of form by saddling Dom Lukka (5-2) and Wadswick Court (3-1) to post victories and take his tally for the season to 34 winners.
But in between Strongbows Legend – owned and bred by his landlords Chris and Fran Marriott – was put down after breaking a shoulder in a heavy fall at the second-last fence in a three-mile handicap chase.
Longsdon said: “It is part of the risk of our great sport, but it is always a big loss for the yard when something like this happens.”
The yard’s latest double, which saw stable jockey Noel Fehily power Dom Lukka home in a handicap hurdle over three miles and two furlongs, before Charlie Deutsch struck on the well-regarded Wadswick Court in a National Hunt Flat Race, came after a week in which Longsdon notched nine winners, including five in a day for the first time.
That nap hand of victories on Friday – made up of a treble at Carlisle and a double at Newton Abbot – rocketed him to the top of the Racing Post’s hot trainers’ listwith a strike rate of 52 per cent wins-runs ratio over the last two weeks.
Longsdon sent six horses on the 500-mile round trip to the north-west outpost.
And market leaders Up To Something (6-4), Drop Out Joe (11-10) and Sergeant Mattie (10-11) made up his trio of winners, with Fehily again on board.
At the other end of the country, Harristown (5-1) and Orange Nassau (9-4) racked up a double.
Killala Quay (8-11) continued his winning streak with a six-lengths success at Chepstow on Saturday.
Longsdon’s memorable week had started with Theatrelands (5-2) and Fehily landing a Towcester handicap hurdle on Wednesday.
The following day Our Kaempfer (4-11) and Dawn Commander (15-8), made it an across-the-card double at Worcester and Exeter.
On the Flat, Cape Peron, trained by Henry Candy at Wantage, landed a Listed Race at Chantilly.
Christophe Soumillon only had to shake up the three-year-old to slam Monsieur Playboy by four lengths in the Prix Du Ranelagh.