Ludlow joy for Herefordshire trainers

HEREFORDSHIRE trainers were to the fore at Ludlow races last week with Tom Symonds, Richard Lee and Venetia Williams all scoring at the Shropshire track.

Lee and Williams shared a winner after an exciting three-mile handicap chase.

Racegoers saw a thrilling finish as the Richard Lee-trained Milo Milan rallied when seemingly beaten over the final two fences to catch the Williams-trained Rydalis in the shadow of the post.

Williams has been carrying all before her recently en route to, potentially, her best-ever season.

But Lee, from his Byton base, had astutely picked the race out for his eight-year-old son of Milan and, under a fine ride from Michael Nolan, deservedly shared the spoils. After much deliberation, the judge called a dead-heat, with Father Probus a further three-and-a-quarter lengths back in third place.

Tom Symonds has been sending out a steady stream of winners from his Hoarwithy base over recent weeks and Midnight Belle, in the hands of rider Ben Poste, won the two-mile-five-furlong mares hurdle to continue his fine form.

Staying on well in the 11-runner race, Midnight Belle triumphed by three-and-a-quarter lengths over her rivals and could score again.

Ludlow trainer Henry Daly was also back in the winner’s enclosure following the win of Heronshaw in the two-mile-five-furlong Maiden hurdle, ridden by Robert Thornton.

Well supported in the betting market beforehand, Heronshaw was sent off an 11/2 chance.

But it seemed as if the support would be misplaced as the Richard Johnson-ridden Sausalito Sunrise seized an important lead three hurdles out, going clear of the field.

A blunder at the final hurdle, however, gave Thornton a chance and his mount Heronshaw rallied strongly on the run-in, eating up a five-length gap to win by a head.

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