ANOTHER healthy crowd watched the second fixture at Hereford Racecourse following its reopening.

A total of 2,252 people flocked through the gates to see a bumper six-card meeting.

Rebecca Davies, executive director at Hereford Racecourse, was delighted with the attendance.

"It was really pleasing to see racegoers coming out again in force to support our reopening," she said.

"This has been a really positive start for the racecourse and we are looking forward to our two remaining fixtures this year on Wednesday, November 23 and Monday, December 19.We look forward to welcoming many more people to the racecourse in the coming weeks and months."

Nigel Twiston-Davies confirmed his liking for the course as the trainer recorded another two wins.

The highlight was the win of Kilronan High in the feature race on the card, the RE Group 15 Year Anniversary Mares Handicap Chase.

Allowed to lead from the outset by jockey Ryan Hatch, Kilronan High dominated the small field of four runners and when challenged at the second last by Aces over Eights and Still believing the progressive seven year old quickened again.

Kilronan High was always holding the spirited challenge of the Kerry Lee trained and Richard Johnson ridden Aces over Eights on the run-in to win by three and a half lengths.

Twiston-Davies, originally from Wormelow, had earlier recorded his 40th win of the season when Ballyhill, sporting the colours of the stable star The New One, had taken the opening two mile Blackmore Building Contractors Novices Hurdle again in the hands of Ryan Hatch.

"He’s very good but he’s taken a long time to settle and the hurdles have helped," said Twiston-Davies.

However, racegoers expecting a Richard Johnson bonanza at the meeting were left as frustrated as the champion jockey had to settle for five second places throughout the afternoon.

However, Johnson did not leave his favourite track empty handed though as he was the recipient of the Alan Lee award for ‘Performance of the Day’ for conduct in defeat throughout the day.