ArchWalker ran in the 5f sprint at Beverley on Tuesday and was ridden by Raul de Silva. Everything looked to be in the horse’s favour, the draw and the ground were right and a good run was expected. Howe haver some things never turn out as planned. Having missed the break Arch Walker was stuck behind a wall of horses and never travelled with his usual zest. Archie was always on the back foot and struggling to get on terms. Archie kept on galloping but could never get a blow at the leaders, beaten 6 lengths in the end.
Fast Shot ran in the 6f sprint at Thirsk on Saturday. The rain that was forecast had arrived but not to the extent the forecasters had predicted and although the going was on the soft side he could have certainly done with a bit more. The horse was as unsal ridden by David Allen and he was drawn in stall six which wasn’t ideal. Having broke from the stalls the entire field drifted over towards the stands rail. David took hold of Fast Shot and tucked him in towards the rear of the field. The pace looked good and well over three furlongs out David was just starting to push at the horse. The horse was responding to his urges and David started to make headway. Just over a furlong out Klynch, who had beaten Fast Shot at Ripon, had kicked for home along the stands rail and David made a great move and brought Fast Shot inside a couple of horse and began to chase the leader down. Fast Shot was in full stride and was closing in on the leader, and it looked like he might get there but try as he might the horses flashed past the post together and a photo finish was called but deep down everyone knew the horse had just been beaten. The photo finish result was called and Fast Shot had been beaten a short neck. Unsaddling David stated the horse had run a smashing race and ultimately he was beaten by the draw. It was another cracking effort although he will be hit by the handicapper as he continues in good form.
Yourtsatisonfire ran in the 1 mile 0-95 3 year old only handicap last night at Doncaster. YAIOF looked fantastic and won the best turned out award. There was real big buzz around for the Henry Candy trained horse Cape Peron. We instructed Michael to see how the race panned out in the first 2 furlongs and if there was no pace to take it up and make it a true gallop. YAIOF wouldn’t settle for the first furlong and half and nor would Goodwood Mirage just in front of him. Michael pulled YAIOF out and started to track the leaders a bit closer. He decided to inject more pace 3 furlongs out. All the time the winner CapePerontracked him. Michael tried to steal the race 2 furlongs out but CapePeronand Gworn tracked his move. Fergus Sweeney, rider of Cape Peron, gave a shake of the reins and his horse immediately responded taking it up and started to go away from the field wining by 4 1/2 lengths. YAIOF and Gworn had a battle for the 2nd and 3rd places and Gworn won the day in this dual. Michael was not too hard on our lad in the last 1/2 a furlong once he’d lost out for 2nd place. The winner looks to be in a different class and the 2nd has clearly trained on from 2 to 3.