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Racing League 2021 - week 5 highlights
Goat Racing Double Closes Gap at Top of William Hill Racing League Ahead of Newcastle Showdown
The penultimate fixture of the William Hill Racing League took place at Lingfield Park, with all to play for in the final two meetings.
Team ThoroughBid started the night in a strong position, heading up both the overall league table and with jockey Hayley Turner at the top of the jockey standings.
Goat Racing came into the evening just three points behind in second place, with Team talkSPORT a further 10 points back in third.
Away from the action on the track, crowds were entertained by William Hill Racing League’s resident DJ Amy Lauren, who performed alongside fellow DJs Anthony James, Dim Flo and DJ Eibhlin.
The opening race of the six-race card, a five-furlong sprint on the turf course, was won by eToro Racing’s Show Me Show Me, trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by Paddy Mathers. The 10-1 shot was followed closely by Ed Walker’s Peerless in second for Team Swish, with the 16-5 favourite, Electric Love, less than half-a-length behind the winner in third for Goat Racing.
Jack Mitchell, second in the jockey’s standings at the start of the night, captured some much needed points with a win in the second race of the evening, the six-furlong William Hill Pick Your Places Racing League Race Twenty-Six. Riding for trainer Michael Bell and team talkSPORT, Mitchell secured the favoured stands-side rail position aboard Natural Path to win by two lengths.
The third race went to Typhoon Ten, who came away a comfortable winner of the seven-furlong contest for Team ThoroughBid to maintain their lead at the top of the William Hill Racing League table at the midway point.
The five-year-old gelding, trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Sean Levey, followed up on his victory at the previous William Hill Racing League fixture at Lingfield Park two weeks ago. Team Racehorse Lotto took second place with the William Knight-trained Ajrad, with George Baker’s Mamillius taking the third place points for Team BullionVault.
Billhilly, winner of the fourth, was another to make it a William Hill Racing League Lingfield double. Representing Goat Racing, under the guidance of Louis Steward, the four-year-old Sea The Stars gelding cruised home to win by four-and-three-quarter lengths. Hundred Isles chased Billhilly home in second for Remulate Racing, followed by 4-1 favourite Hong Kong Harry for eToro Racing.
The action switched to the all-weather Polytrack course for the fifth race, a one-mile-two-furlong contest. With Nicola Currie sidelined through injury, Daniel Muscutt took the ride aboard Anythingtoday for Team Racehorse Lotto.
The top weight stepped up in trip following a win over eight furlongs at Newmarket 26 days ago to make it two-from-two for trainer George Boughey. Glentaneous finished one-and-a-half lengths behind for Team ODDSbible with Team BullionVault’s The Whipmaster in third.
Red October made it a race day double for Goat Racing in the final race of the evening, to narrow the gap at the top of the William Hill Racing League standings to just four points behind Team ThoroughBid with just one race day to go.
Hugo Palmer’s five-year-old gelding was ridden by Louis Steward, also earning an on-the-night double in the team’s distinctive orange colours. Team Racehorse Lotto and Team ThoroughBid also picked up valuable points, with their representatives Cozone and Bashful finishing second and third respectively.
Describing why he decided to take part in the William Hill Racing League, and the impact he believes it will have on UK horseracing, Team ODDSbible jockey, Martin Dwyer, commented:
“I decided to take part in the Racing League because I thought it would be a fantastic initiative in a competitive arena, which would be great fun, and it’s certainly proved to be just that. So far, the Racing League has been incredibly positive for racing in the UK. We’re seeing the concept attracting an increasing crowd, and importantly a younger generation to racing, which is exactly what we need at the moment. Overall, it’s a great family environment, and hopefully it’s here to stay.”