Brooke lays Hexham ghost to rest

Henry Brooke left Hexham happy after riding his first winner since returning to action from serious injuries at the same track.

Henry Brooke: Determined to move on after getting first winner under his belt.

Brooke was back in the winner's enclosure after a thrilling victory in the Follow At attheraces On Twitter Handicap Chase.

The 25-year-old was placed in an induced coma after suffering a heavy fall from Old Storm at the Northumberland venue on October 8 and was also kicked by another horse when he hit the ground.

Racing was delayed for almost two hours while he was treated by on-course medical staff before he could be airlifted to Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle.

Despite also suffering nine broken ribs and a punctured lung, Brooke made remarkably quick progress and having made his comeback in a bumper at Catterick a week ago, he came so close to a dream first winner back when Jimmy Moffatt's Highland Lodge was beaten just a short-head defending his crown in Saturday's Becher Chase over the National fences at Aintree.

However, it seemed appropriate it should be at Hexham that he returned to winning ways, as Moffatt-trained 9/1 shot Munsaab profited from Grange Hall's final-fence blunder and got up on the line to score by a head.

Brooke said: "I'm delighted to be back riding winners and all I want to do is get stronger and better.

"I'm hoping this will be the end of all the press coverage, to be honest. I've had some unbelievable support, which I really appreciate, but I just want to get back to normal.

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"I suppose in a way it's nice to do it at Hexham, but I would rather have done it at Aintree on Saturday! It's nice to ride my first winner back for Jimmy after that.

"I've got some nice rides at Newcastle (on Thursday), so hopefully I can ride another winner there and get things going again.

"I'm only going to get fitter and stronger. I watched the finish back today and I looked a bit untidy.

"I don't want to be remembered as the jockey who had that fall at Hexham. I'm more determined than I've ever been."

The Hexham medical team have already been publicly thanked by Brooke and received a further visit and chocolates from the jockey before he took up his one and only ride of the day.

"It's the least I could do really. I have a lot of 'Thank yous' to say, I've messaged most people and if I have missed anyone I'm sorry," he added.

Trainer Nick Alexander attempted to complete a major feat by saddling four horses out of the same broodmare on the same afternoon.

The dam in question, 24-year-old Harrietfield, was first represented by Clan Legend, before his siblings Little Glenshee, Here's To Harry and Clan Chief were sent into battle.

Alexander said before racing: "It sort of amused me a bit to find a card that they could all run on and they are ideal races for them all."

Clan Legend struck gold as the 9/5 favourite in the Attheraces Virgin 535 Novices' Handicap Chase, but Little Glenshee unseated her rider and both Here's To Harry and Clan Chief were pulled up.

David Pipe's Somerset raider Great Tempo made the round trip of over 720 miles worthwhile when justifying extremely prohibitive odds of 1/25 with a bloodless win in the Download The Award Winning Attheraces App Juvenile Maiden Hurdle.

Lastbutnotleast (13/8) carried the famous colours of three-time Grand National winner Red Rum to victory in the At The Races Sky 415 Mares' Novices' Hurdle for Donald McCain, before Rebecca Menzies continued her rich vein of form as Halcyon Days (11/4) won comfortably in the Watch Replays On The Attheraces App Handicap Chase.

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