THERE was a turn-up for the books in Worcester’s £10,007 Arctic Spas Worcester Grand Annual Handicap Chase.

Claines trainer Dr Richard Newland’s 5/2 favourite Blagapar could only finish seventh as 22/1 hope Bestwork triumphed.

The seven-year-old, trained by Charlie Longsdon in Chipping Norton, won by three lengths from Vendredi Trois (9/1) under jockey Jonathan Burke.

The sun shone on Worcester’s 300th Anniversary Raceday.

Top Irish trainer Gordon Elliott enjoyed success in the Novices’ Hurdle with Robin Des Mana (5/2) partnered by Richard Johnson.

The Herefordshire jockey claimed a double with a 22/1 win aboard Boethius in the Worcester Stands Tall Handicap Hurdle (Div 2). Tom O’Brien also rode two winners in Field Exhibition (6/1) and Three Colours Red (9/4 fav).


2.10pm Local Parking Security Handicap Chase: 1 Field Exhibition 6/1 Christian Williams T J O’Brien, 2 Auenwirbel 7/2 Fav 2¼L Mrs L J Young G Sheehan, 3 A Montmartre 16/1 NK Nick Mitchell Thomas Bellamy, 4 Scrumpy Boy 9/2 7L B Barr Harry Bannister.

2.40pm Arctic Spas Worcester Grand Annual Handicap Chase: 1 Bestwork 22/1 C E Longsdon J J Burke, 2 Vendredi Trois 9/1 3L Miss E C Lavelle Adam Wedge, 3 Exxaro 9/1 1¾L C L Tizzard T Scudamore, 4 Robert’s Star 7/1 6L M Bradstock Nico de Boinville.

3.10pm Chris Pennell’s Sparkling Testimonial Year Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race: 1 Skin Deep 4/11 Fav A King Wayne Hutchinson, 2 Getaway Honey 8/1 2½L David Dennis B Hughes, 3 Avast Ye 12/1 9L S Lycett R Johnson, 4 Rose Crown 5/1 16L M R Channon Bryony Frost.

3.40pm Amodil Group Stainless Steel Handicap Hurdle: 1 Alcock And Brown 15/8 Fav D Skelton Harry Skelton, 2 Solatentif 8/1 6L C L Tizzard T Scudamore, 3 The Sweeney 3/1 HD Miss E C Lavelle Adam Wedge, 4 Malton Rose 15/8 Fav 31L N J Henderson Nico de Boinville.

4.10pm Novices’ Hurdle: 1 Robin Des Mana 5/2 G Elliott R Johnson, 2 Armaans Wish 13/8 Fav 4½L N J Henderson J McGrath, 3 Ilewin Geez 2/1 6L C J Mann Harry Bannister, 4 American History 25/1 5L W R Muir Brendan Powell.

4.40pm Worcester Stands Tall Handicap Hurdle (Div 1): 1 Three Colours Red 9/4 Fav Robert Stephens T J O’Brien, 2 Courtinthemiddle 11/1 2½L D Faulkner J E Moore, 3 Tir Dubh 7/1 4½L Robert Stephens Mr C Dowson, 4 Phoenix Rock 11/4 2¾L Jonjo O’Neill Aidan Coleman.

5.10pm Worcester Stands Tall Handicap Hurdle (Div 2): 1 Boethius 22/1 Tim Vaughan R Johnson, 2 Irish Prince 9/2 ½L D Pipe T Scudamore, 3 Outrageous Romana 6/1 5L J G M O’Shea Aidan Coleman, 4 Dropzone 9/1 5L B Forsey Sean Bowen.

5.40pm Peter O’Sullevan House IJF Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: 1 Court Duty 7/1 J L Flint Richard Patrick, 2 Innoko 7/1 8L Robert Stephens C Gethings, 3 Dr Dunraven 11/8 Fav ½L M Keighley Harry Stock, 4 Dusky Raider 16/1 21L Tim Vaughan Ned Curtis.