Vee for victory at Warwick
Last Updated: 26/08/14 11:44am
Louis Vee came out on top in a fittingly pulsating finish as the curtain came down on Flat racing at Warwick for the final time.
Jockey Club Racecourses announced at the end of July Warwick will stage only jumps fixtures from 2015 onwards.
Four Flat fixtures at Warwick had to be switched this summer after a horse died at the track in May amid ongoing safety concerns concerning the stable bend.
The five-furlong Leamington Food & Drink Festival Handicap brought proceedings to a close and it was Roy Brotherton's 7-2 shot Louis Vee who grabbed a slice of history under Luke Morris, getting the better of a thrilling duel with College Doll by a short head.
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Brotherton said: "It's amazing really. This really means a lot to me with Warwick being my local course.
"I've had runners here since I've had a training licence in 1988 and even before then I rode around here over jumps as an amateur in the 1970s.
"It's a shame there'll be no more Flat racing here, but I said if we could win the last race it would be great.
"I thought when all that rain came the ground had gone against us but the horse has still won, so I'm really delighted."
Undoubtedly the most impressive winner of the track's final fixture was the David Simcock-trained Terror (5-1), who slammed her rivals by upwards of 10 lengths on her racecourse debut in the opening fillies' maiden.
Warwick will host 17 jumps meetings as it moves away from Flat racing in an attempt to become regarded as one of the leading small National Hunt courses in the next five years.
The current Flat course will be used in the spring or autumn, alongside the current jumps course which will continue to be used through the winter.
Warwick was the first course to stage National Hunt racing in Great Britain in 1831.