Rising star Hardie keeps cup in Sussex

Packed crowds watch Barwick storm home in the big race

Packed crowds watch Barwick storm home in the big race

First published in Sport

Fashionable apprentice Cam Hardie helped the frosts4cars.co.uk Brighton Challenge Cup remain in Sussex hands by guiding Lady Herries' Barwick to success.

It is only 20 miles from the course to the trainer's historic establishment at Angmering Park near Littlehampton, a stable best known in recent years for housing the exceptional juvenile Celtic Swing.

Lady Herries,76, is rarely seen racing nowadays and Barwick carries the colours of the late Julian Wilson’s company Seymour Bloodstock, which has been continued by some of his associates who received the giant perpetual cup.

Hardie had finished a slightly unlucky third on the 10-1 chance at Lingfield last time and put things right by coming with a sweeping run to score by three-quarters of a length.

Long-time leader and 5-4 favourite Notarised could only finish fourth.

“He was slowly away and I thought I might be in trouble, but a lot of them were late moving in to the rail and I got a lovely position,” said Hardie.

“I had a bad draw at Lingfield last time and I had to use up a lot of gas early but he still ran well. He quickened today and was very generous when he hit the front.”

Hardie, who is based with Richard Hannon, won the Stewards’ Cup consolation race on Barnet Fair.

He added: “That’s 32 winners now, I don’t think there’ll be too many more. I don’t really want to reach 50 and start next season without my 5lb claim.”

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