Young Hurricane - The Horse and Hound Cup at Stratford
By Will Milburn
Friday evening saw the final major Hunter Chase meeting of the season at Stratford racecourse, with several championship races, which included the Subaru final and the John Corbet Novice's Championship, however the feature race of the evening was the Pertemps Network Champion Hunter Chase for the Horse and Hound Cup, this very top class race which after the Cheltenham and Aintree Foxhunters is one of the major championship races in the country. There was a small handful of Yorkshire raiders who made the journey south one of which was Young Hurricane who has become a regular on the Yorkshire circuit and this season has gone from strength to strength at the age of 11. Trained by Guy Brewer who has his horses based on the outskirts of Norton, Young Hurricane took his chance in the feature race on the card, partnered by John Dawson who was recently crowned Yorkshire's leading Gentleman jockey, the pair were a lively 16-1 shot. Patiently ridden at the rear of the field, Dawson never panicked on his mount and began to make progress after three out and tracked the leader Balnaslow on the approach to the second last, with a spectacular leap at the last the pair took the lead and forged clear to win and beat the Punchestown Champion Hunter Chase winner Balnaslow, whilst plugging on in third was Wonderful Charm who had been runner up in the Cheltenham equivalent.
A fantastic result for Guy and his wife Freya Brewer who share the work load of training their small string in between work: "He's had problems with stomach ulcers, we've been treating him for them and changed his routine and his feed...it's amazing how much they can bother them!" said a delighted Guy and Freya who were welcomed back to the paddock with a huge reception from his Yorkshire supporters: "We hoped he'd run well because he's been well since we changed everything, we'd hoped to finish fourth as we weren't sure if we'd beat the Irish horse and the Nicholls' pair...he's obviously better than we thought." continued Guy. Owned by Charles Helfferich, Libby Helfferich, Jane Kibble and Jane Younger, this as was a major career success for all concerned and will be a day none of them will forget "I'm still trying to decide if it's a dream!" enthused a delighted Freya.