Battle of the big boys: Shires speed to race victory

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Jack Flash has blazed home with dual Grand National winning jockey Leighton Aspell in the irons to take out the  Showerking Flying Feathers Heavy Horse Stakes race at Lingfield, which this year pitted Shire horses against Clydesdales.

Jack Flash flashes up on the outer to overtake Towie Girl in the Flying Feathers race at Lingfield at the weekend.
Jack Flash flashes up on the outer to overtake Towie Girl in the Flying Feathers race at Lingfield at the weekend.

Shire horse Jack Flash, who was second last year in the Shire Horse Charge, led a Shire trifecta, with Towie Girl (Mattie Bachelor), the only mare in the race, finishing second, and former police horse King (Harry Hayes) third. Northern visitor Patrick, a Clydesdale, was fourth, with Angus, 19hh Jacob, and the premium Shire stallion Hercules next in the field of seven. Hercules, the only stallion in the race, is a son of Jack Flash.

Patrick, number 5, was described before the start as a “traditional looking Clydesdale”,

Jack Flash won by a length and a quarter from Towie Girl, with three-quarters of a length back to King.

The field – all ridden by National Hunt jockeys – covered two furlongs on the polytrack surface at Lingfield, in the race to raise awareness for the endangered breeds. The Shire features on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s “at risk” list.

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