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Sine Nomine impresses en route to Foxhunter

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Eagle-eyed followers of Point-to-Point racing may have identified a key clue in pursuit of the winner of the St James's Place Foxhunter at the Cheltenham Festival in the gloaming of an otherwise unremarkable day at Wetherby last week. 

Hunter chases no longer fill the way they used to and often produce small fields where the more companionable atmosphere of the Point-to-Point scene draws more. They used to call it "pot-hunting", with the Foxhunter trophy the largest pot there is, both in race value and the sheer size of the trophy.

Wetherby's Join the Vickers Racing Club Open Hunters Chase included Sine Nomine in its 5 runner field, last seen winning the John Corbett Cup, aka the novice championship, at Stratford in late May where she impressed. Trained by Catterick Clerk of Course, Fiona Needham, herself no stranger to success in the Foxhunter, the grey mare Sine Nomine made full use of her mares' allowance to score here authoritatively with Benny's King and Windsor Avenue far in arrears. 


Sine Nomine (left) wins the John Corbett Cup at Stratford in May 2023 Pic: Stephen Davies

After the race, rider Jack Dawson told the Racing Post that the plan would be to head straight for Cheltenham.

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