9th May has been a tremendously successful day for us, with seven winners, dating back to a double in 2010.
The Gill Owens-owned House Of Bourbon kicked off proceedings, winning on his seasonal reappearance a Uttoxeter under Dean Coleman in a 2m5f selling hurdle, while Pure Anticipation made it third time lucky with a ready win in the concluding bumper, defying odds of 25-1 under Johnny Farrelly for her owners Cloud Nine – she doubled that tally on her next outing, making a winning hurdling debut at Fontwell Park the following month.
A year later, Erdeli (Select Racing Club) and Holoko Heights (Owen Promotions Limited) combined for a double at Towcester, Richard Johnson doing the steering on both occasions. Erdeli had got off the mark for us the previous year, winning on the flat at Wolverhampton and providing jockey Thomas Brown with a first ever winner. Tom went on to finish runner-up in the apprentice title in 2013 and also landed the John Smith’s Cup in 2016 on Educate.
Interestingly, both Erdeli and Holoko Heights (who won four over hurdles and one over fences for us) were bred to be high-class performers on the flat; the former was out of Group 1 Moyglare winner Edabiya (herself a half-sister to Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate), while the latter was a half-brother to Michael Owen and Andrew Black’s top-class stayer, the Irish St Leger winner Brown Panther.
Other winners on this day include Kack Handed in 2012 (for 7lbs claimer Bradley Gibbs)and Bells Of Berlin, who provided the Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle partnership with the first of several ‘Bells’ winners, notably Bells Of Ailsworth and this year’s winner Bells Of Peterboro (pictured).
The most recent of them was Tara Mac, who scored at Fontwell Park in 2018 under Alan Johns for Brian and Wayne Jones.