Racing Report

BEN CURTIS stole the show at Hamilton Park on Wednesday when riding a 21/1 hat-trick in the first three races.

The Irishman, who has plenty of fancied rides at Royal Ascot over the next three days, struck on Mark Johnston pair Jilly Cooper (named after the author) and Qipao in the opening two juveniles contests before completing his treble on Liam Bailey’s Stronsay in the Scottish Racing Supporting #Racingwithpride Handicap.

Curtis said: “Jilly Cooper probably broke too fast for her own good at Beverley on her debut but she was pretty good today. She has plenty of natural speed and ran on strongly all the way to the line.”

Iain Jardine and Andrew Mullen, along with the Let’s Be Lucky Racing syndicate, teamed up to land a 57/1 double with Havana Party and Jump The Gun.

The former took the Follow @hamiltonparkrc On Twitter Handicap at 12/1 while the latter came from last to storm home under top-weight in the #Cleanstay At Hampton By Hilton Bothwell Castle Handicap.

Jardine said: “The horses are all running well at the minute and we nearly took these two out when the ground was good to firm last night. The rain came in time as they like to get their toes in a wee bit. I’m pleased for Andrew as he rides a lot for us now and is a very underrated jockey.”

by Gordon Brown

Race Results


(1.30pm) The Book Our On-Site Hotel EBF Restricted Novice Stakes (Class 4)

Distance: 5f 7y |  Prize: £7,900

Name: Jilly Cooper
Owner: Johnston Racing Ltd
Trainer: Mark Johnston
Jockey: Ben Curtis

(2.05pm) The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 4)

Distance: 6f 6y |  Prize: £7,900

Name: Qipao
Owner: Chasemore Farm
Trainer: Mark Johnston
Jockey: Ben Curtis

(2.40pm) The Scottish Racing Supporting #Racingwithpride Handicap Stakes (Class 5)

Distance: 6f 6y |  Prize: £6,500

Name: Stronsay
Owner: Mrs C M Clarke, Foulrice Park Racing Ltd
Trainer: Liam Bailey
Jockey: Ben Curtis

(3.15pm) The Follow @hamiltonparkrc on Twitter Handicap Stakes (Class 5)

Distance: 1m 76y |  Prize: £6,500

Name: Havana Party
Owner: Let's Be Lucky Racing 27
Trainer: Iain Jardine
Jockey: Andrew Mullen

(3.50pm) The #Cleanstay at Hampton by Hilton Bothwell Castle Handicap Stakes (Class 4)

Distance: 1m 76y |  Prize:  £8,050

Name: Jump the Gun
Owner: Let's Be Lucky Racing 26
Trainer: Iain Jardine
Jockey: Andrew Mullen

(4.25pm) The Handicap Stakes (Class 6)

Distance: 1m 1f 43y |  Prize: £4,300

Name: Ayr Empress
Owner: Ken McGarrity and Murray Cameron
Trainer: Keith Dalgleish
Jockey: Billy Garritty

(4.55pm) The Apprentice Handicap Stakes (Class 6)

Distance: 1m 4f 23y |  Prize: £4,300

Name: Out Of Breath
Owner: Allerton Racing & G Tuer
Trainer: Grant Tuer
Jockey: Oliver Stammers