Lemon’s Gent squeezes out another win for Webber

Sunny Ledgend (James Martin), seen here winning at Towcester in January, lines up at the Northants track today for Swerford trainer Andrew Martin. Photo: Gavin James
Sunny Ledgend (James Martin), seen here winning at Towcester in January, lines up at the Northants track today for Swerford trainer Andrew Martin. Photo: Gavin James

Lemon’s Gent provided Mollington trainer Paul Webber with a winner at Southwell on Sunday.

The nine-year-old won the Vertu Volkswagen Mansfield Handicap Chase in the hands of Gavin Sheehan.

It was a fifth win from 20 starts for Lemon’s Gent.

Duel At Dawn won at Doncaster on Sunday for Edgcote trainer Alex Hales.

The six-year-old landed the BET365 Novices Hurdle partnered by Leighton Aspell.

Forth Bridge went one better for Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon at Musselburgh on Wednesday.

The three-year-old won the Racing UK Anywhere Introductory Juvenile Hurdle in the hands of in-form jockey Brian Hughes.

Towcester is always guaranteed to put punters in a festive mood but an entry from a Norwegian trainer promises to spruce up the occasion still further today (Thursday).

Monfalcone is an 11-year-old gelding by Big Shuffle trained by Rune Haugen who has just moved from his previous base near Oslo to Newmarket.

Haugen has come over with 11 horses and will be hoping to land running with the veteran of 63 contests. Monfalcone holds an entry in the 2m4f totepool Chip & Pin Betting Handicap Chase.

The highlight of the day will be the fourth running of the totepool Caroline Beesley Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

Last year’s shock 16/1 winner Earcomesthedream ran encouragingly here in November and, with his genuine front running style, looks sure to be in the shake up again with jockey Tom Bellamy.

There could also be a strong Towcester connection to the winner of the three mile handicap chase if Sunny Ledgend can be produced in tip-top form by Swerford handler Andrew Martin.

Sunny Ledgend produced a second course win in January before following up at Market Rasen a fortnight later with trainer’s son James in the saddle on both occasions.

Shutford handler Rosemary Gasson runs Kilcascan in the same race and also Scartare in the opening 1m7f maiden hurdle in which Hook Norton handler Peter Hiatt runs Mexican Jim.

Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon runs Nightline in the 2m5f novices handicap chase.