HORSE RACING: TRAINER Alan King starred at Warwick Racecourse on Thursday afternoon, bagging a quickfire double with favourites Herewego Herewego and Sceau Royal.
Irish jockey Barry Geraghty jetted in to land the opening race on odds-on chance Herewego Herewego.
The six-year-old made good progress inside the final two furlongs to pull clear when approaching the final fence. A shake of the reins was all that was needed to encourage King’s promising Novice to get the afternoon off to a good start for Wiltshire-based yard.
And it got better when Sceau Royal took top spot in the Novices’ Chase over two miles just an hour later. The former Cheltenham winner, who is likely to return to HQ later this month for his second try over fences, made his chasing debut and won impressively.
Chasing Ballyhill finished second, but was four lengths down on the eventual winner.
There was also a double on the day for Jonjo O’Neill and jockey Aidan Coleman. The trainer/jockey partnership combined to win the handicap hurdle and chase races over 2m 5f and 3m respectively.
Quarenta fended off the challenge of joint favourites Sutter’s Mill and Resolution Bay to win the hurdle contest by two lengths. And that was before Beggers Cross (13/2) won by a similar margin just half-an-hour later over the extended distance.
Noel Fehily was also in the winners’ enclosure with The Welsh Paddies (7/4) in the day’s second race while 10/1 chance Milan of Crystal rounded off the day when winning the 2m handicap hurdle.
Warwick next race Friday, November 10, for their Business Networking Raceday.