Bestwork does the business on Worcester anniversary

Charlie Longsdon receives winner’s prize from Princess Royal

  • Wednesday 04 July
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Bestwork claimed top honours with a game display to land the feature on a royal occasion to mark the 300th anniversary of racing at Worcester.

The event was graced by the presence of the Princess Royal, who saw Bestwork make light work of the step up in trip to two miles and seven furlongs for the Arctic Spas Worcester Grand Annual Handicap Chase.

Jockey Jonathan Burke soon realised the 22-1 chance was happy being at the front end and let the Charlie Longsdon-trained seven-year-old lob along and do most of the donkey work.

Though he never went well clear, Bestwork jumped neatly throughout and had enough left in the tank to hold Vendredi Trois by three lengths to collect the £10,000 first prize. Exxaro was a length and three-quarters back in third.

“It wasn’t totally unexpected but it was our first try at the trip,” said Longsdon.

“Because of the nature of his running, I was slightly concerned he might not get three miles, but actually he’s been flat-out over two and a half and the better grade of race found him out.

“Over three, he could go a bit slower and it suited him. He got every inch of it.

“This horse was winning low-grade races a year ago, now he’s winning a Grade Three. I’m delighted with him.

“His jumping has always been his forte.

“I’ve not had a look but this has opened up a few more doors. He’s going to be mid 120s next, we’ll have to think where we go. He loves good ground so we’ll keep him to that.”

On being presented with his prize by the Princess Royal on a special day for Worcester racecourse, Longsdon said: “I was unaware what a big occasion it was.

“It was very nice to receive the prize from the Princess Royal. She’s a massive supporter of racing.

“It’s good for racing when people like her take an active interest in all the runners and all the races. It was very good.”

Bestwork does the business on Worcester anniversary
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