Hexham Racecourse experienced some strong weather conditions today when “Storm Rocco” hit the north east track at approximately 1.22pm.
The 7 year old Rocco Storm went into the 16th start of his career in Ireland & England as a maiden but emerged without that tag in good style following a convincing 12 length win in the 0-100 handicap chase.
Always in touch with the leaders, jockey Henry (Brooke) had Rocco in a prominent position when a huge leap at the final open ditch propelled the pair to dispute the lead. Thereafter they went to the front two out and extended away easily for a comfortable win.
Rocco’s jumping throughout had been exemplary and he’d come into the race in great form with himself. That said, a far from straightforward journey to the track had caused some pretty anxious moments for Kev & Julia….
We couldn’t be more pleased for the horse as he really deserved this day (& is quite rightly very suited with himself now he’s back at home), as did his brilliant “RolyPoly” owners. Moreover special mention has to go to Kev who rides Rocco every day – Happy Birthday Kev, this one’s gift wrapped from Rocco to you!
I am a WINNER!!
Sonning delighted connections and everyone at the yard at Sedgefield yesterday when winning the 0-110 handicap hurdle off top weight on ground that had turned into a bit of worry when the rain changed it to good to soft, from the good that is his optimum.
The four year old raced keenly in the early stages but made smooth headway to join the leader two out. He was well placed by jockey Henry Brooke to lead after the last hurdle and beat the 2nd placed horse Spantik by three quarters of a length, the pair having pulled some 21 lengths clear of the rest of the field.
Sonning justified being made favourite having been 3rd over course & distance on his last outing on 1st September when he was beaten a total of 1/2 length and a head.
Since that race the first and second placed horses have both won and as a result the handicapper put Sonning up 4lbs just for standing in his box.
Sonning is possibly the most enthusiastic horse in the yard, bucking & squealing being his trademarks, and this could clearly be seen by his high-jinks in the paddock before the race!
Sonning at the final flight