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With spectators unable to visit racecourses until 17 May at the earliest, tracks are facing unprecedented pressure for survival. Here at, we are passionate about sport, especially grassroots racing. We, therefore, wanted to show our support for the industry by sponsoring a full day of racing. Join us as we recap last week’s action at Hereford, featuring 93 horses over seven thrilling races.

Hereford stadium sponsor a full day of horseracing at Hereford Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

The winner of the first race, the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle, was Herbiers @7/2, who beat Green Book (10/3) by 3½ l with Saint Palais (18/1) a further 4¼ l behind. Trained by O Greenall and ridden by P J Brennan. Herbiers is enjoying a good start to 2021, finishing 2nd in the Class 4 race at Musselburgh over 1m 7f 124y on New Years Day while priced @ 50/1, beaten by 2 l by Fiveandtwenty. This win is Herbiers’ second career win, winning at Moulins over 1m 3f 204y in June last year.

(4yo, Class 4, 2m 53y, 14 runners) Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

It was an Irish 1,2,3 in the Maiden Hurdle with Equus Dreamer (4/1) beating Slipway (7/4) by 1¼ l with Tallow For Coal (9/2) a further 14 l behind. The K C Bailey trained horse, ridden by David Bass, led until the 3rd before losing the lead to Tallow for Coal, regained the lead after the 7th and stayed on gamely to win. Last raced in December at Taunton over 2m 3f 1y, finished 3rd behind Stellar Magic by 3½ l. Kim Bailey had another winner the day after this race, One For Rosie winning by 20 l in the BoscaSports Retail tote Displays Worldwide Novices’ Chase at Leicester while priced @ 18/8f with William Hill.

(4yo+, Class 4, 3m 1f 119y, 15 runners) Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Minella Bobo (6/1) took the Novices’ Handicap Chase, beating A Time To Shine (11/4) by 1¼ l (11/4) with Puppet Warrior (66/1) finishing 3rd. The eight-year-old was challenged by A Time To Shine until running clear at the 13th. Tiring at the end, but had sufficient lead to hold on to win. Second win of career, winning in 2019 at Stratford, over 2m 6f 7y. Minella Bobo pulled up in the last meeting, a Class 3 race on 10 January at Exeter.

(5yo+, Class 4, 3m 1f 44y, 12 runners) Handicap Chase

The Class 5 Handicap Chase was won easily by Arqalina (4/1), finishing 5½ l over Pottlereaghexpress with Mount Oliver a further 15 l behind. Trained by Miss V Williams and ridden by H F Nugent, the nine-year-old had the race all to itself and was unchallenged throughout the race. First win since 2019, winning in February and November at Ffos Las over Ffos 2m 7f 191y and 2m 4f 199y.

(5yo+, Class 5, 2m 4f 194y, 12 runners) Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Royal Claret (11/2) overcame a slow start to win the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, beating Aurelia Or into 2nd place by a length with Martha Brae 10l back in third. In rear after 5th, pushed on to challenge leaders with three left to run. Raced well in the final 100 yards to claim the win. Trained by T Symonds and ridden by Benjamin Poste, the eight-year-old has three career victories, the last at Hereford in March last year over 3m 1f 119y on soft ground.

(4yo+, Class 3, 3m 1f 119y, 8 runners) Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

The most thrilling race on the card was the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, won by rank outsider Hardy Articos @ 50/1 with bet365. The M Sheppard trained six-year-old, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, won by a nose over Bring The Action (16/1) with Frisco Bay half a length behind. The favourite Dubai Guest finished 4th, 14 ½ behind the winner. Hardy Articos’s only other placing in six races was a second-place finish in a Class 4 race in November at 2m 3f 100y in heavy conditions.

(4yo+, Class 5, 2m 3f 147y, 12 runners) Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (GBB Race)

Six-year-old Sandy Brook won the final race on the card at Hereford, the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race. Starting the race as 5/2 second favourite, the C Gordon trained horse, ridden by Tom Cannon, saw off Dazzling Glory’s challenge (9/2) to win by 1¼ l. The favourite, Hartnoll Hero (9/5), finished in third, well beaten by 29¼ l. A first win for the horse, last finishing 3rd at Plumpton in December, beaten by Gelino Bello by 3¾ l.

(4-6yo, Class 5, 2m 53y, 8 runners)

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