Inside Track: Fun for all the Family as Brian romps home

Forced Family Fun ridden by Brian Hughes (left) clear the final fence to win the Pegler Yorkshire Handicap Hurdle Race. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Forced Family Fun ridden by Brian Hughes (left) clear the final fence to win the Pegler Yorkshire Handicap Hurdle Race. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Forced Family Fun might sound like an absolutely nightmare for most of us - but the horse of that name gave some joy to punters last week with victory in the pegler Yorkshire Handicap Hurdle at Doncaster Racecourse last week.

Ridden home by Brian Hughes, Forced Family Fun led between the last two and, after a hard-driven last 100 yards, held on to take victory from AP McCoy’s 15/2 shot Mojolika and Bohemian Rhapsody in third.

Earlier in the first race of the day, the 1stsecuritysolutions.Co.Uk Maiden Hurdle, Softsong - trained by HJ Evans and ridden by Liam Treadwell - stayed on strongly ahead of Minella Friend, who took a modest second.

There were further victories for Act Alone, Western Warhorse and Diamond King, which eased towards the finish under Jason Maguire.

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The following day, January 25, sees the £75,000 three-mile Listed SkyBet Chase takes centre stage alongside some fantastic Grade Two contests – the Racing Post Lightning Novices’ Chase, Grade Two Mares’ Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

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