Longsdon races up the table following memorable treble

Chipping Norton trainer 'Charlie Longsdon enjoyed a super Saturday
Chipping Norton trainer 'Charlie Longsdon enjoyed a super Saturday

Charlie Longsdon is up to second in the National Hunt trainers’ championship after a super Saturday.

The Chipping Norton trainer saddled three winners, two of them in high profile races, and now sits in second place in the table with 40 winners on the board.

Pendra won a Grade 3 contest at Ascot where Masterplan also obliged for Longsdon while Kilcooley won a Grade 2 race at Wetherby.

Barry Geraghty rode the seven-year-old Pendra to land the Grade 3 Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase while Masterplan won the Gardiner & Theobald Novices Handicap Hurdle with Aidan Coleman partnering the five-year-old.

Meanwhile, at Wetherby, Kilcooley won the Grade 2 bet365 West Yorkshire Hurdle with Richard Johnson riding the six-year-old.

The Hull Farm handler said: “It was certainly our biggest winning day since I started training, with two winners on Channel 4.

“The prize money elevated us to second in the championship behind John Ferguson and on to 40 winners. I know the season has a long way to go and by the end of it I hope to remain in the top ten.”