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Lord Lir and Richard Johnson

It was a weekend of ups and downs, but thankfully we came away with a winner in Lord Lir, who made all the running in the 2m handicap chase at Cartmel, jumping exceptionally well to win by 24 lengths under Richard Johnson.  The handicapper will have his chance for revenge, as Lord Lir will be re-assessed tomorrow, but hopefully he can follow up off his higher mark next time. Congratulations to his owners, Two Gents & An Orange Bloke Racing!

Ashkoun didn’t really have the race run to suit at Stratford but ran creditably in finishing fourth and his turn is not far away, whilst I am pleased to report that Bennachie is none the worse for what looked a heavy tumble in the 2m6f handicap hurdle.  His jumping has been a real asset in his wins so far this season and hopefully he can bounce back next time.

We have two runners back at Cartmel today; Createur in the 2m maiden hurdle (2.10pm) and Louis Ludwig in the 2m1f handicap hurdle (5.25pm).

The Monday Story…

A new, weekly part of the Tim Vaughan Racing blog, selecting a brief excerpt from the world of racing.  Today, a quote from former champion jockey Paul Hanagan, who was speaking after riding a double last week which did his own chances of winning the Stobart-sponsored title for a third time no harm, moving him to fourth in the championship table on 45 winners.

“It’s absolutely nonsense if people are saying they’re not going to try to win it if they’re in with a chance,” said Hanagan.  “It’s a bit like playing down the pressure, but the champion jockey has to take that pressure.  It’s a massive, massive thing to win.”

Later in the same article…

“It’s very hard to say I’m going to give it 100 per cent because of my commitments to Sheikh Hamdan” said Hanagan.