Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is eyeing the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham next month with Ballybolley after the horse won the £50,000 Listed 188bet.co.uk Prelude Chase at Market Rasen at 10-1.
That was the major prize on 188bet.co.uk Prelude Day, the annual fixture at the Lincolnshire racecourse that traditionally marks the end of summer jumping and the beginning of the winter season.
Dan Skelton is having a tremendous campaign to date and Listen To The Man landed the £35,000 Listed 188bet.co.uk Prelude Hurdle under jockey Ian Popham. The mare was one of three runners in the race from the Midlands yard that currently heads the table of trainers in 2017/18.
Irish jockey Bryan Cooper was making his first ever visit to Market Rasen and it was a winning one as he partnered 7-4 favourite Simple The Betts into first place in the 188Bet-sponsored ‘bumper’.
Trainer Liam Lennon sent over I’m An Izz Wizz (9-2) from Newry in Northern Ireland to claim the Happy 70th Birthday David Coleman Handicap Chase.
Wales was on the scoreboard too, with the 9-4 market leader Get Home Now taking the 188Bet-backed two and a quarter mile handicap hurdle for Pembrokeshire trainer Peter Bowen whose teenage son James was in the saddle.
The opening two races on the day were won by City Dreamer at 11-4 for trainer Alan King and Apache Song at 5-1 for Newmarket handler James Eustace.
The next fixture at Market Rasen is on Saturday, 21st October – Ferry Ales Brewery Gentleman’s Raceday. More details can be found at http://marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk.