Evan’s 128-1 double!

By GEM Community Correspondent in Equine

Llancarfan’s Evan Williams rewarded his followers with a 128-1 across the card double last Thursday.

The double was initiated when his one-year-old bay gelding Tornado In Milan came home 15 lengths clear of the Colin Tizzard trained Masters Hill in the Fortress Home Insurance Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton and then about an hour and a half later at

Towcester, his six-year-old bay gelding Present Times landed the Grimscote Handicap Hurdle getting home by a head from Lord Ballim.

The former, who was ridden by C J Maher, carried top weight of 11st, 12lbs and went off a 16-1 outsider while the latter, partnered by Adam Wedge, was a 6-1 chance.

The Bradden Handicap Chase at Towcester was won by Debra Hamer’s Magical Man who ridden by Tim Whelan won by six lengths from the favourite Try It Some Time.

Debra hails from the Vale but now trains in west Wales.


High Hatton, owned by Cowbridge’s Jeffrey Bird and trained by his brother-in-law Jonathan Tudor at Merthyr Mawr, finished a good third behind the odds-on favourite Wonderful Charm, trained by the legendary champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls, and Carlton Ryan in the Bet 365 Scottish Foxhunter Open Hunters’ Chase over three miles and three furlongs at Musselburgh last Saturday.

Mr Bird said: “High Hatton ran a cracking race and was only beaten for second place in the last few strides.” He added: “Richard Patrick gave him a lovely ride.”

High Hatton, at eight-years-old, was the youngest horse in the 10 runner field and was beaten one length and four lengths after being backed from 80-1 to 9-1!

Some hunt-racing enthusiasts believe that professional trainers such as Nicholls should not be allowed to race their highly-rated ex-steeplechasers such as Wonderful Charm in hunter chases - what do you think?

Brian Lee

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