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1st Jul, 2022

HORSE RACING - Tom Ellis lands another winner to close in on record

RUGBY-based trainer Tom Ellis landed another winner at the Bicester with Whaddon Chase point-to-point at Edgcote.

Ellis-trained horse No Questions Asked won the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Early NH Racing Initiative Maiden Race by eight lengths ridden by his wife Gina Andrews.

No Questions Asked came home first of three runners in the race, which was exclusive to four year old’s only, as he jumped more fluently than his rivals to cross the line unchallenged.

The victory means Ellis moves onto 46 winners for the season, just five short of Jack Barber’s record of 51, whilst Andrews remains in pursuit of a record ninth lady riders title.

Ellis said: “Go for the record? Let’s worry about that another day.

“He’s a proper horse. His work’s been good at home and he’s always shown he has talent. He jumped green and the slow pace played into our hands.

“As I’ve always said, it’s hard to run young horses against experienced ones, as they can go well at home but be clueless on the racecourse.

“He’s up there with the best of our four-year-old’s and definitely in the A-team. Hopefully we can send him to the Aintree Sales later this week.”

Andrews added: “He was quite green and having a good look around, but was always travelling strongly. I knew we were going well after the first circuit.”

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