HORSE RACING: TRAINER Henry Daly notched a handy double at Warwick Racecourse on Thursday as part of the venue’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ raceday.
The four seasons greeted punters as heavy rain inbetween races was mixed with a bitter late wind and pleasant early sunshine.
But it was Daly’s duo of The Artful Cobbler and Stoney Mountain that stole the show on testing ground.
Under Paddy Brennan, The Artful Cobbler – priced 11/4 – made most of the running in the 3m 1f Handicap Chase to land the £6,500 prize by two lengths.
Less than two hours later, champion jockey Richard Johnson guided Stoney Mountain to the post first in an exciting finish to the National Hunt Flat race.
Johnson was pressed by 3/1 chance Not Normal in the closing stages while favourite Grenard could only manage third.
The feature race of the day was the 3m 2f Handicap Hurdle, which 15/2 chance King Uther won for jockey Tom Cannon and trainer Chris Gordon.
There was a dramatic finish to the race as both Late Shipment and Polydora fell at the final flight, though the pair were – at the time – out of contention as King Uther and Crucial Role battled out the finish. King Uther eventually winning by just under three lengths.
Other wins on the day came for favourite Grandturgeon (11/10), Sensulano (15/8) and the heavily backed Mr Chow (3/1), who took the opener.
Warwick next race a week on Saturday (Feb 10) for its Kingmaker Chase Day.