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Zanclus with Darren Nagle aboard enroute to a 25+ length victory in the My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase. Photo: Bob Keller

Mother Nature provided a nearly 80-degree day for the My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase. Zanclus to win the $30,000 feature at the Monkton, Md. hunt meet by 25 ¼ lengths under jockey Darren Nagle. The Sara Collette-entry bested a field of six in the only race on the four-race card that permitted professional riders. In other notable news from the Manor, amateur jockey Archie Macauley had his first win over timber aboard Thomas Hulfish’s Formidable Heart, winning by 20 lengths. Neil Morris trains both Formidable Heart and Zanclus. The Carroll County Times also wrote a piece about the day’s racing, including a bit about Maj. Harry A. R. Wallace, jockey of Wildcatter. This was the top amateur English jockey’s second ride in America. Wallace returns to England this week to fulfill military duties in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday, but plans to be back in time to ride in the Maryland Hunt Cup. Take a look at the full results and the race replays from the Manor Races if you didn’t get to see the action in person.

Coming Up…

Timber racing fans will flock to Butler, Md. this Saturday, April 21st for the second jewel of the Maryland timber racing triple crown, the Grand National Steeplechase. Aside from the three sanctioned races on the day, race-goers will be treated to three field master’s chases for juniors on ponies and horses prior to the start of the first sanctioned race. You can find entries for the junior races here and for the sanctioned races here. Choice Field for $50,000 Grand National by Don Clippinger outlines the sanctioned line up for the all amateur rider hunt meet.