Long House Hall clears the last as Cernunnos falls in the Summer Plate
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 2:53PM 16 JUL 2016
Report: Market Rasen, Saturday
Betfred Summer Plate Handicap Chase (Listed), 2m 5f, 4yo plus
DAN and Harry Skelton achieved a valuable Listed double as Long House Hall won a dramatic Summer Plate after Red Tornado had got the ball rolling in the Summer Handicap Hurdle. The two wins are worth a total of £48,407.50 in the trainers’ championship.
In the aftermath of the race, Barry Geraghty was transferred to Lincoln Hospital with a suspected arm injury after his fall on board Cernunnos.
The Summer Plate was incident-packed as the five horses at the front of the market were all in a bunch jumping the last fence. While Cernunnos fell bringing down the strong-travelling Henryville, 6-1 joint-favourite Long House Hall was left clear to come home unchallenged by eight lengths.
Topweight Ballynagour produced another valiant effort in second, with Theinval third and Golden Doyen fourth.
In the previous race, Red Tornado held on gamely to defeat Minellaforleisure to grab the Summer Handicap Hurdle.
Galway off the agenda
After a slow start to the summer, Dan Skelton was delighted with the double boost and revealed Long House Hall will not go for Galway Plate on July 27.
“Long House Hall is prominent in the betting for the Galway Plate but in the end I didn’t even enter him,” the trainer said. “He hasn’t that much experience over fences and I thought it would be holding the gun to his head too soon. He’s a horse who is best when he has a good break between his races and I’ve nothing in mind.
“He goes well at Cheltenham, he was second in the Coral Hurdle there this year, so a race in March will be the long-term aim and we will work back from that.
“It is great for Carl [Hinchy, owner] as it is his first run for him today. Funnily enough the summer hadn’t been going that well and then you get days like today.”