Cockney Sparrow confirmed for Wetherby

Cockney Sparrow is set  for an intriguing rematch with the Alan King-trained L’Unique in the £22,500 Listed OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (1.50pm, 10 entries) over an extended two miles at Wetherby on Saturday, November 2, day two of the bet365 Charlie Hall meeting.


John Quinn’s four-year-old finished 12 lengths behind L’Unique in a Listed juvenile hurdle at Aintree in December, 2012. L’Unique went on to capture a Grade One contest at Aintree’s Grand National festival in April, while Cockney Sparrow won three of her next four starts, culminating with an impressive six-length success in a hotly-contested handicap hurdle at the same meeting.


The daughter of Cockney Rebel has also had three starts on the Flat, annexing a class three handicap at Ayr on her most recent start on September 21.


Quinn reported: “Cockney Sparrow is in good form and will run at Wetherby on Saturday.


“I thought it was a good, gritty performance at Ayr last time and we were very happy with her.


“I’m expecting a good run from her on Saturday. It is going to be fascinating race with Alan King’s filly in there, but we are fit from the Flat and have a pull in the weights, so we are looking forward to it.


“She is fairly versatile regarding ground, but doesn’t want extremes. She doesn’t want it firm or heavy, but is very adaptable otherwise.”


Also among the entries is the Donald McCain-trained Doyly Carte, who won a Listed contest at Cheltenham in April, last year’s Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle scorer Une Artiste from the stable of champion trainer Nicky Henderson, and Oliver Sherwood’s Mischievous Milly, who is unbeaten in two starts over hurdles.


Saturday’s terrific card is headlined by the £100,000 Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (3.35pm) over three miles and a furlong. The 11 entries include 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run, 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup fifth Cape Tribulation, and exciting second-season chasers Unioniste and Harry Topper.


The latest betting from bet365 is: 11/10 Long Run, 10/3 Unioniste, 7/1 Cape Tribulation, 8/1 Harry Topper,  10/1 Benefficient, 20/1 Master of The Hall, 25/1 Big Fella Thanks,  Wayward Prince, 40/1 Billie Magern


At Fishers Cross, from the stable of Rebecca Curtis, and last year’s winner Tidal Bay, trained by Paul Nicholls, are among nine possible starters for the £36,500 Grade Two bet365 Hurdle over three miles and a furlong. Other notable entries include the Tim Easterby-trained Trustan Times and Coral Cup hero Medinas.


The latest betting from bet365 is: 10/11 At Fishers Cross, 3/1 Tidal Bay, 6/1 Trustan Times, 7/1 Medinas, 12/1 Master Of The Sea, 14/1 Across The Bay, 20/1 Captain Sunshine, 33/1 The Knoxs



The going at Wetherby remains: Good to Soft (Ch – 6.3: Hu – 6.2)


Wetherby’s Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course, Jonjo Sanderson, reported: “We have had no rain whatsoever since Monday morning and both Tuesday and today (Wednesday) have been dry and sunny. Although the ground has dried marginally, the going remains Good to Soft, with an average GoingStick reading of 6.3.


“There are some weather forecasts suggesting that cloud will build overnight and there is a chance of a light rain shower into Thursday morning.


“Tomorrow is expected to be similar to today, with a dry day and the chance of a further light rain shower overnight into Friday.”

For more information, please go to, follow on Twitter @WetherbyRaces, go to Facebook, or contact Jonjo Sanderson, chief executive & clerk of the course, on 01937 582 035

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