BETFAIR SUPER SATURDAY – The Results
What a day! Relive the best of Betfair Super Saturday below.
It was a winning favourite to start the day with Making Headway, trained by Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero holding off the challenge from East India Express, trained by Nicky Henderson. The 6/4 favourite was always doing enough under Henry Brooke to land the Betfair Racing Podcasts Novices’ Hurdle.
Course and distance winner Emitom, trained by Alan King and ridden to victory by Tom Cannon, held off the 3/1 favourite Kyntara to win the Betfair Serial Winners Fund Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers’ Hurdle Series Qualifier) in the second race of the day.
ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE GOLD CUP FOR SHISHKIN
Shishkin justified 8-11 favouritism to land a first success of the season in the Grade 2 Betfair Denman Chase ahead of the Paul Nicholls trained Hitman. He firmly left behind the woes of the King George and 1965 Chase at Ascot to win by a widening four-and-a-quarter lengths to land his first victory since the 2023 Aintree Bowl. It was a first win in the race for trainer Nicky Henderson since 2012 when he won the 2m7½f contest worth £85,000 with Long Run. Shishkin, ridden to victory by regular rider Nico de Boinville, put in a gutsy performance to outstay both Hitman and the Dan Skelton trained Protektorat who finished back in third.
EDWARDSTONE BACK TO HIS BEST
Following a disappointing run in the Silviniaco Conti Chase when stepping up to 2m4½f for the first time, Edwardstone bounced back to win the 2m½f Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase in impressive fashion and provided Alan King and Tom Cannon with a double on the day. The front running performance by the ten-year-old resulted in a 40-length victory over the only other finisher, Funambule Silvola. Amarillo Sky was pulled up by jockey Brendan Powell at the second last with the only other runner, Boothill, falling at the second last when chasing home Edwardstone.
HENDERSON REIGNS SUPREME IN BETFAIR HURDLE
Having already won the Betfair Hurdle five times previously, most recently in 2013 with My Tent Or Yours, Nicky Henderson added another winner to his tally with the J P McManus owned 7/1 shot Iberico Lord. The six-year-old winner of the Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle earlier in the season provided his trainer and jockey Nico de Boinville with a double on Betfair Super Saturday. The Dan Skelton trained L’Eau Du Sud ran a big race at odds of 28/1 to finish in second with Go Dante a further 6 lengths back in third. Doddiethegreat, Nicky Henderson’s only other runner in the race finished a credible 4th at odds of 18/1. The favourite, Ocastle Des Mottes, trained by Willie Mullins could do no better than 8th.
Makin’yourmindup came out on top after a thrilling finish in The Betfair Exchange Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase, the sixth race of the day. Trained by Paul Nicholls, the seven-year-old owned by The Owners Group, just held on from the Syd Hosie trained Rock My Way.