Metier lays down Supremes Novices’ Hurdle marker with impressive 12 length Tolworth victory


Metier lays down Supremes Novices’ Hurdle marker with impressive 12-length victory in Grade One Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown

  • The Sean Bowen-ridden 7-4 favourite extended his unbeaten hurdles record
  • Metier dominated Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown from runner-up Shakem Up’Arry
  • Metier was cut to 8-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival

Metier was cut to 8-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after producing one of the best performances this side of the Irish Sea by a novice this season with a 12-length victory in the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.

The Sean Bowen-ridden 7-4 favourite, extending his unbeaten hurdles record to three, powered up the climb to the finish and was extending his advantage from runner-up Shakem Up’Arry with every stride.

His trainer Harry Fry has enjoyed Grade One success before, notably with staying hurdler Unowhatimeanharry, who is still racing at 12.

Metier, ridden by Sean Bowen, dominated the Tolworth hurdle with a 12-length victory

He trained Rock On Ruby to second in the 2013 Champion Hurdle, having been credited with doing the training as assistant to Paul Nicholls when the horse won the race 12 months earlier.

There was, however, greater significance to Metier’s win as it was the first top-level success for Fry since he began operating from his new purpose-built Dorset base in June.

Fry said: ‘Rarely do races go quite so smoothly at this level. Metier relishes those conditions and is very exciting.

‘He is the highest-rated horse we’ve had off the Flat to go hurdling. Hopefully he can go a long way. Unowhatimeanharry has flown the flag for us for a number of years but it’s great to have another in the yard.’

Fry had never met Metier’s owner, Gary Stevens, before the day he introduced himself in the Owners’ and Trainers’ bar at Cheltenham explaining he had had horses in training in the past with Mark Pitman and wanted to get back into jump racing.

Metier, who cost 150,000 guineas, makes that meeting look fortuitous. Fry, also successful at Sandown with Whitehotchillifili, said: ‘I was in the right place at the right time.’

Metier has been cut to 8-1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival

Metier has been cut to 8-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival

Horses occasionally win after coming out of retirement but the result of Sandown’s Unibet Veterans Handicap Chase was surely unique. 

Not only had Seeyouatmidnight been nursed back to fitness by Scottish trainer Sandy Thomson after seemingly career-ending suspensory ligament problems but his jockey, Grand National winner Ryan Mania, also turned his back on the sport in 2014 because of weight issues before returning in 2019. Thomson is gaining a reputation as a rehabilitation king.

Yorkhill, the dual Willie Mullins-trained Cheltenham Festival winner who had lost his way, landed the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle in November and Thomson is trying to re-ignite the spark in Bellshill, another ex-Mullins chaser, for the Grand National in April. Both are part-owned by golfer Lee Westwood.



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, January 2


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Saturday, January 2

 Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Saturday’s meetings at Sandown,Ayr, Wolverhampton and Lingfield. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Saturday’s meetings

SANDOWN 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.05 Hudson De Grugy

12.40 Whitehotchillifili (nap)

1.15 Destinee Royale

1.50 Early Du Lemo

2.25 Do Your Job

3.00 Late Romantic

3.35 Gemirande

GIMCRACK 

12.05 Hudson De Grugy

12.40 Stormy Ireland

1.15 Evander

1.50 Born Survivor

2.25 Metier (nap)

3.00 Crosspark (nb)

3.35 Gemirande 

 AYR

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.20 Wetlands

12.55 Vengeur De Guye

1.30 The Edgar Wallace

2.05 Evander

2.40 Illegal Model

3.15 Strong Economy (nb)

3.45 Camile

GIMCRACK 

12.20 Wetlands

12.55 Ard Chros

1.30 Ugo Du Misselot

2.05 Clan Legend

2.40 Illegal Model

3.15 Takingrisks

3.45 Those Tiger Feet

 WOLVERHAMPTON  

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

4.10 Fair Star

4.40 Passional

5.10 Australis

5.40 Revolutionary Man

6.10 Final Voyage

6.40 Napper Tandy

7.10 Obtuse

GIMCRACK 

4.10 Fair Star

4.40 Dynamo Walt

5.10 Australis

5.40 Highest Mountain

6.10 Falcon Brook

6.40 Napper Tandy

7.10 Obtuse

 LINGFIELD

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

11.30 Kendergarten Kop

12.00 Coupe De Champagne

12.35 Wake Up Harry

1.10 Kodiac Harbour

1.45 Merweb

2.20 Bravado

2.55 Hidden Breeze

3.30 Show Me The Bubbly

GIMCRACK 

11.30 Uther Pendragon

12.00 Damned Elusive

12.35 Wake Up Harry

1.10 Accomplice

1.45 Harlequin

2.20 Andronicus Beau

2.55 Wudashudacuda

3.30 Roundabout Magic 



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Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand ring in the New Year as racing couple announce engagement


Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand ring in the New Year as racing couple announce engagement following brilliant year for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year nominee

  • Hollie Doyle announced her engagement to Tom Marquand on New Year’s Eve
  • It ends a brilliant year for jockey Doyle who won the Flat Jockey of the Year prize
  • Doyle finished third in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award 

After 12 months of never-ending achievements for Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand, the weighing room partners saved the biggest for last by announcing their engagement on New Year’s Eve.

Marquand broke the news on social media with a picture of him embracing Doyle wearing her engagement ring on the beach in St Lucia with the caption: ‘So err… thanks 2020 I guess?!’

Doyle, 24, ended last year with third place in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year having ridden 151 winners which included her first Group One success on Glen Shiel at Ascot in November.

Hollie Doyle (right) announced her engagement to Tom Marquand (left) on New Year’s Eve

Doyle (pictured left) finished third in this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

Doyle (pictured left) finished third in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

She was also voted the first female Flat Jockey of the Year by her fellow riders in the Professional Jockeys Association.

The good year for Marquand, 22, started when he landed the first Group One wins of his career on William Haggas-trained Addeybb in March and April while riding in Australia. 

Among his 147 British winners was a first Classic on Joseph O’Brien’s Galileo Chrome in the St Leger in September.

After their short break the all-weather circuit beckons for Doyle while Marquand is due to return to ride in Australia. 

Jockey Doyle (above) was voted the first female Flat Jockey of the Year by her fellow riders

Jockey Doyle (above) was voted the first female Flat Jockey of the Year by her fellow riders



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Michael Scudamore claims Do Your Job is worth the gamble as trainer eyes Grade One prize at Sandown


Michael Scudamore claims Do Your Job is worth the gamble as trainer eyes Grade One prize at Sandown’s Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle

  • Michael Scudamore claims ‘Do Your Job’ is his first chance at a Grade One win 
  • The horse is set to line up in the Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown
  • Jockeyed by Brendan Powell, he had his first defeat of the season at Haydock

Trainer Michael Scudamore says Do Your Job represents his first genuine chance to land a Grade One prize when he lines up in the Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown.

The six-year-old suffered his first defeat of the season at Haydock last time at the hands of Llandinabo Lad, but Do Your Job’s jockey Brendan Powell and Harry Skelton on third-placed Flic Ou Voyou looked to get racing hard too early and Do Your Job, having taken control, paid the price.

Scudamore said: ‘We were a little bit disappointed after the race and to be fair to Brendan he held his hands up and said they’d got racing halfway down the back straight. 

Michael Scudamore says Do Your Job is his first genuine chance to land a Grade One prize

Do Your Job was beaten by Llandinabo Lad (above) at Haydock - his first loss of the season

Do Your Job was beaten by Llandinabo Lad (above) at Haydock – his first loss of the season

‘We looked to have everything beaten two out and then ran out of petrol and were outstayed.

‘We don’t believe we gave our true running that day and came away thinking perhaps with different tactics we might see a better horse.

‘We have had a good season so far with Kingswell Theatre winning the Cross Country at Cheltenham in November and Nada to Prada winning the Listed mares novices’ hurdle last month. 

‘But everyone wants the big ones and this is probably the first time we have been in a Grade One with a genuine chance.’

Scudamore’s biggest wins in his 13-season training career have been Monbeg Dude in the Welsh National and Next Sensation, who won the Grand Annual Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Scudamore’s biggest wins in his 13-season training career have been Monbeg Dude (above)

Scudamore’s biggest wins in his 13-season training career have been Monbeg Dude (above)

Do Your Job started the season with novice hurdle wins at Ffos Las and Ayr. At the latter he gave weight and a beating to Dan Skelton-trained runner-up Cadzand, who has won both his races since including a handicap at Kempton in December.

Third-placed Wetlands subsequently won back at Ayr and is odds-on favourite to double his tally at the track today.

Do Your Job cost £150,000 and is one of a clutch of good horses now in the stable owned by Mark Dunphy.

Scudamore added: ‘He’s the most expensive horse I have trained by a long way. 

‘Mark wanted to buy a nice horse and gave himself a chance by spending that amount of money. Hopefully he can continue to justify his price tag.’

Do Your Job is a 6-1 shot for the Tolworth. The 5-4 favourite is Harry Fry-trained Metier, an impressive five-length winner from Tile Tapper, one of his rivals again, at Ascot in November.

Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo has had his odds to make it three wins at Cheltenham in March trimmed to 100-30 by Ladbrokes after a 19-length comeback victory in the Savills New Year’s Day Chase at Tramore.



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Sam Turner is Britain’s top tipster for second year in a row and the fifth time in all


Sam lands his double! Turner is Britain’s top tipster for second year in a row and the fifth time overall after out-performing his rivals with big winners including Highland Chief and Chatham Street Lad

  • Sam Turner has been crowned king of the national newspaper tipsters yet again
  • Racemail’s ace tipster won for the second year running and the fifth time in all
  • His big winners included Highland Chief and Chatham Street Lad at Cheltenham

Sam Turner (Robin Good- fellow) has been crowned king of the national newspaper tipsters yet again.

Racemail’s ace tipster lifted the National Press Challenge organised by the Racing Post for the second year running and the fifth time in all after out-performing his rival tipsters over the previous 12 months.

Among the big winners Turner found during 2020 were Highland Chief, 20-1 winner of the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot in July which he napped, and Chatham Street Lad, the 16-1 winner of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month.

Sam Turner (above) has been crowned king of the national newspaper tipsters yet again

The National Press challenge is judged on every tip on British racing over the 12-month period and Turner once again selected more winners at a higher strike rate than any of his rival national newspaper tipsters.

His 2,064 winners were a massive 389 more than The Guardian and 350 more than The Scout in the Daily Express.

Picking winners on a daily basis, Turner has cemented his reputation as Britain’s most consistent tipster and every morning the bookies make sure they check what he is tipping.

Among the big winners Turner found during 2020 were Highland Chief (above), 20-1 winner of the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot in July which he napped

Among the big winners Turner found during 2020 were Highland Chief (above), 20-1 winner of the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot in July which he napped

He also found Chatham Street Lad (above), the 16-1 winner of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month.

He also found Chatham Street Lad (above), the 16-1 winner of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month. 

Jon Lees of Ladbrokes said: ‘Congratulations to Sam Turner on winning another National Press Challenge title and underlining his fantastic record of consistently picking winners.

‘Sam has shown he has a flair for unearthing winners, but we know how much hard work he puts into his selections. We will be watching closely to see what he tips in 2021.’

Turner, who compiles his own databank of speed figures, added: ‘I am delighted to win the National Press Challenge again. With the amount of racing, you must have a system to have a chance of staying ahead.’

Turner’s first nap of the year is at Exeter — Tudors Treasure in the Passage House Inn Handicap Chase (3.25).



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Champion owner JP McManus withdraws his runners after family tragedy


Champion owner JP McManus withdraws his runners at Punchestown and Warwick and Tramore after the shock death of his daughter-in-law

  • Champion owner JP McManus will not have any runners in the forthcoming days
  • This is due to the shock death of his daughter-in-law Emma at the age of 40
  • The wife of McManus’s son John died after being taken ill on Wednesday
  • McManus was due to have runners at Punchestown and Warwick and Tramore

Champion owner JP McManus will not have any runners in the forthcoming days after the shock death of his daughter-in-law Emma at the age of 40.

The wife of McManus’s son John died suddenly after being taken ill on Wednesday morning while on a family holiday over the Christmas and New Year period at the family’s private villa in Barbados. The couple married in 2010.

The Royal Barbados Police are investigating but do not suspect foul play and are treating it as a sudden death. McManus was due to have runners at Punchestown and Warwick on Thursday and Tramore on Friday.

Champion owner JP McManus (above) will not have any runners in the forthcoming days

Frank Berry, racing manager for McManus, said: ‘It’s a very sad time for all the family. We’re not going to have any runners for the next while.’

ltrainer Paul Nicholls made it to 100 winners before the turn of the year for only the second time in his career when landing the final jumps race of 2020 with Shearer — named after former England striker Alan — at Warwick on Thursday.

Saturday’s meeting at Hereford has been abandoned because the track is frozen with no prospect of a thaw.

The decision came after the shock death of his daughter-in-law Emma at the age of 40 (above)

The decision came after the shock death of his daughter-in-law Emma at the age of 40 (above)



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, January 1


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Friday, January 1

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings at Musselburgh, Southwell and Exeter. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday’s meetings

MUSSELBURGH 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.45 Fiveandtwenty

1.20 Sebastopol (nb)

1.55 Manucci

2.30 Eagle Ridge

3.05 Mint Gold

3.35 Arnica

GIMCRACK 

12.45 Fiveandtwenty

1.20 Sebastopol

1.55 Miranda

2.30. Racing Pulse

3.05 Romain De Senam

3.35 Whiskey Lullaby 

NORTHERNER – 12.45 FIVEANDTWENTY (nap); 3.05 Return Ticket (nb). 

SOUTHWELL  

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.05 Thrill Seeker

12.40 Geography Teacher

1.15 Stone Soldier

1.50 Nigel Nott

2.25 Mulzim

3.00 Silent Queen

3.30 Mister Blue

GIMCRACK 

12.05 THRILL SEEKER (nap)

12.40 Geography Teacher

1.15 Ayr Harbour (nb)

1.50 Thegreatestshowman

2.25 Ustath

3.00 Zoom Star

3.30 Mr Carbonator

NEWMARKET – 12.05 THRILL SEEKER. (nap); 3.30 Mister Blue (nb).

 EXETER

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.30 Orbys Legend

1.05. The Edgar Wallace 

1.40 Lily The Pink

2.15 Orrisdale

2.50 Hold That Taught

3.25 TUDORS TREASURE (nap)

3.55 Flemenstide

GIMCRACK 

12.30 Orbys Legend

1.05 The Edgar Wallace

1.40 Lady Kk

2.15 Chooseyourweapon

2.50 Ask Me Early

3.25 Ivilnoble

3.55 Flemenstide 



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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, December 31 


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Thursday, December 31

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings at Warwick, Newcastle and Lingfield.

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Thursday’s meetings 

WARWICK 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.16 Durouyn

12.50 Hunny Moon

1.20 Clondaw Storm

1.50 Aubusson

2.25 Mr Washington

2.55 Gars Bar Dine

3.25 Shearer

GIMCRACK 

12.16 Darksideoftarnside (nb)

12.50 Hunny Moon (nap)

1.20 Clondaw Storm

1.50 Aubusson

2.25 Mr Washington

2.55 Away For Slates

3.25 Shearer

NEWCASTLE 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

 2.15 Sea La Rosa

2.50 Global Vision

3.20 Seas Of Elzaam

3.50 The Mackem Torpedo

4.20 Great Colaci

4.50 Tyche

5.20 Marwari

5.50 Desert Mist

GIMCRACK 

2.15 Sea La Rosa

2.50 K Rex

3.20 The Great Heir

3.50 The Mackem Torpedo

4.20 Moxy Mares

4.50 Quiteacatch

5.20 Marwari

5.50 Desert Mist

LINGFIELD 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW 

12.25 Thegreatestshowman

1.00 Oslo

1.30 Thapa VC (nap)

2.00 Fox Duty Free (nb)

2.35 Queen’s Course

3.05 Desert Marathon

3.35 Come On Girl

GIMCRACK 

12.25 Charming Kid

1.00 Oslo

1.30 Thapa VC

2.00 Fox Duty Free

2.35 Lethal Talent

3.05 Privacy

3.35 Catapult

Newmarket – 12.25 Thegreatestshowman (nap); 1.30 Thapa VC (nb).

Northerner – 1.00 Furzig (nb); 2.35 Queen ’s Course (nap).



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Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day horse racing event CANCELLED due to waterlogged tracks


Racing’s cancelled… but not because of Covid! New Year’s Day at Cheltenham is CALLED OFF with the course waterlogged after 85mm of rain

  • Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day hose racing event has been cancelled due to rain
  • The venue announced heavy rainfall has caused waterlogged tracks
  • The decision was made after 85mm of rainfall made the track ‘not raceable’

Cheltenham’s annual New Year’s Day horse racing event has been cancelled due to torrential rain in the area. 

The popular horse racing venue announced the heavy rainfall in recent days has caused the tracks to be waterlogged and therefore not in a good enough condition to host races. 

An inspection was due to take place at the course on Wednesday morning, but shortly beforehand a Tweet from the venue’s official account confirmed the scheduled card would not take place.

Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day horse racing event has been cancelled due to heavy rainfall

The tweet read: ‘Following 85mm of rainfall since last Wednesday, there are areas of waterlogged ground across the width of the course and it is therefore not raceable.’

The seven-race card was due to feature Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle.

Clerk of the course Simon Claisse said on Tuesday that the course would need show ‘significant improvement’ in order for the event to go ahead with several parts of the track waterlogged.

The course announced track was 'not raceable' after 85mm of rainfall since last Wednesday

The course announced track was ‘not raceable’ after 85mm of rainfall since last Wednesday

The seven-race card was due to feature Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle

The seven-race card was due to feature Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle

‘The meeting is currently in jeopardy. We have had 110mm of rain in the last 14 or 15 days, 70mm of that since Wednesday’, Claisse said.

‘It is a phenomenal amount of rain with a lot of local flooding.

‘We would like to be looking at a dry forecast but we haven’t got that.’ 





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Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, December 30


Robin Goodfellow’s Racing Tips: Best bets for Wednesday, December 30

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings at Taunton, Market Rasen and Wolverhampton. 

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings 

TAUNTON 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.35 Chinwag (nb)

1.05 Volkovka

1.35 Broken Quest

2.05 Little Red Lion

2.40 Marta Des Mottes

3.15 Kiwi Myth

3.50 Millbank Flyer

GIMCRACK

12.35 Bang On

1.05 Iron Heart

1.35 Ridgeway Flyer

2.05 Little Red Lion

2.40 Perfect Myth

3.15 Misty Mai

3.50 Millbank Flyer

 MARKET RASEN

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.10 Falberto 

12.45 Fletch 

1.15 Night Of Sin 

1.45 Ballinslea Bridge

2.15 CYCLOP (nap)

2.50 Barnay 

3.25 Pencreek

GIMCRACK

12.10 Falberto

12.45 GET YOUR OWN (nap)

1.15 Rikoboy

1.45 Checkitout

2.15 Red Giant (nb)

2.50 Barnay

3.25 Irish Odyssey

NORTHERNER – 12.45 AWAY AT DAWN (nap); 2.50 Cilluirid (nb). 

WOLVERHAMPTON 

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

2.25 El Hombre

2.55 Toora Loora

3.30 Miracle Garden 

4.05 Quiteacatch

4.40 Steelriver

5.10 Recuerdame

5.40 Steal The Scene

6.10 Cityzen Serg

6.40 Nortonthorpe Bay 

GIMCRACK

2.25 El Hombre

2.55 Father Of Jazz

3.30 Havana Sunset 

4.05 Groupie

4.40 Turanga Leela

5.10 Blue Dawn

5.40 Mayson Mount

6.10 Golden Force

6.40 Tommytwohoots 

NEWMARKET – 2.55 FATHER OF JAZZ (nap); 4.40 Araifjan (nb.) 



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