Classic Chase Day Review 2019

f54f0afb-286f-4f1c-ba66-248d38488bf0By Samantha

This Saturday, I made my first ever trip to Warwick Races and it was one of the best days of my life. The feature race of the day was the Classic Chase so ITV Racing was there to cover the day’s racing.

As a lot of you know from social media, I was lucky enough to meet Oli Bell, who I interviewed in April 2018, at the races and he gave me and my family a tour of the ITV Racing set! We met Ed Chamberlain and Will Kennedy as well as lots of the behind the scenes crew who do an excellent job. I also chatted to Luke Harvey and Alice Plunkett, who it turns out is a big fan of Rein It In Racing. She kindly invited us into the parade ring before the Classic Chase and she interviewed me which was honestly of if the best experience of my fourteen years of living in this earth. It wasn’t shown on the telly but Ed mentioned me at the end of the show which was so incredible of him. I still, three days later, can’t believe any of this happened! The team at Rein It In Racing are so grateful to the ITV Racing team for being so hospitable and helping us gain lots more publicity. We would like to welcome our new followers and we hope you will enjoy our content on Rein It In.

The racing was incredible too and it kicked off with a lot of drama. After three out, one of the runners, Texas Nomad, stumbled and fell taking down Sammylou and Spader. As far as I know, all horses and jockeys were okay after the incident but it didn’t make for pleasant viewing. The winner was Dyliev and she did so quite well under James Bowen. Caroline Bailey talked about what it takes to get a horse ready for the races in the post-race interview over the tannoy and it was very interesting to listen to.

The start of the second race was dramatic also as quirky Bright New Dawn decided he didn’t fancy racing much at the start and eventually started but gave away a lot of lengths. He ran a decent race to be only beaten just over fourteen lengths but the action happened at the forefront of the race and he was never close enough to figure. Generous Day won and acted as the first leg of a cross the country double for James Davies. The seven year old was in the lead from the eighth and kept on very well in the closing stages and couldn’t be caught by the fast-finishing Movie Legend. Davies then travelled over to Kempton to ride in the 15:15 and won on Glen Rocco by twenty three lengths. There is no doubt he will stay further and it was good to see the jockey have a big winner on ITV Racing as he’s a good jockey and works hard.


I think we saw a proper superstar in the 13:50. It was a tight little event with Ricky’s Treasure the 6/5 favourite. He lead most of the way but never jumped or travelled like he had done in his previous starts. Ok Corral from the Nicky Henderson yard partnered by amateur jockey and Mr-Irish-Point-To-Point Derek O’Connor. O’Connor no doubt came over to get experience on the gelding before the four miler at Cheltenham, which looks his ideal target. Secret Investor looked one for the future as he briefly gave him something to think about but was turned over easily.

The next race was the best race on grading of the day. It saw Beakstown, trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by his brother Harry. The combination won this with Three Muskateer in 2015. The horse was really overpriced at 6/1 considering the way he jumped and travelled throughout. He is a giant of a horse and there is no doubt in my mind that he will make a smart chaser. He is currently 18/1 for the Ballymore but is on the drift. Top weight Rockpoint got found out by the penalty he was carrying after a victory in this grade last time out but there will be other days for him. The favourite Tidal Flow wasvery disappointing. He was really novicey and didn’t handle the step up in grade at all.


The fifth race on the card was the Classic Chase. At the last, onlookers had no idea who would win between Calett Mad and Impulsive Star as they jumped in sync. The latter found more on landing and prevailed in the end by just over three lengths under top amateur and Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Sam Warley-Cohen. It had been a tough battle for Sam to make the weight but I’m sure winning made up for starving himself over the past few days. Impulsive Star’s aim next looks to be the four miler at Cheltenham where he was fourth last year and he is currently the 14/1 second favourite behind Ok Corral, who won earlier on this card. Calett Mad didn’t have a change of gear enough to stick with Impulsive Star after the last and I think he will shine over the four mile plus distances and be a Grand National horse next season as he’s only seven.

Next up was the Pertemps Qualifier. Top weight was Blaklion, who is better known as a staying chaser than a hurdler. He led until about four out but was headed and faded quite quickly. Despite this, it was a decent prep if connections want to send him to the National. The winner was another horse who had been chasing- Keeper Hill. He won in good style under young claimer Harry Teal forWarren Greatrex and the McNeil Family. It was great to see him return to form!

Lastly was a ‘Newcomers NH Flat Race’. Well related geldings Millstone and Dont Tell The Wife were joint favourites at 5/2 but they both really disappointed. Four year old Pour Joie won it really well for Ian Williams and Aidan Coleman. I was very impressed with him. His dam was at maiden on the flat and he is her first foal so it will be interesting how he turns out. The whole field have a lot to learn as, understably, they were very novicey and babyish.

Overall, I really liked Warwick Races. It lived up to my lofty expectations from people telling me it was one of the nicest courses in the country. I thought the facilities on offer were great and the course was lovely. It was a fabulous day out and I’m so grateful to the people who made my day so enjoyable! Thank you ITV Racing.

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