SUNDAY’S race meeting at Towcester has already been abandoned due to frozen ground.
The continuing freezing temperatures forecast leading up to and on the day means the clerk of the course has taken the decision to abandon early to give everyone as much notice as possible.
Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon saw Pete The Feat just fail to pull off a remarkable six-timer when third to Rigadin de Beauchene in Saturday’s Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick, where Ely Brown won the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle.
Longsdon was delighted with Ely Brown’s success and said: “Very rarely does a horse win two qualifiers in a season but Ely Brown has and surely he will go up enough in the handicap to get in at Cheltenham.”
Looking back on the Betfred Classic Chase, the Hull Farm handler added: “Pete the Feat put up a great performance in defeat. He jumped superbly but travelled too well for the first two miles and he just paid the price up the home straight.”
More racing in this week’s Banbury Guardian.