Yourartisonfire ran at Sandown on Wednesday night in the seven furlong handicap, Martin Harley rode. There were only four runners as two has had pulled out of the race during the day. Yourartisonfire was still the outsider of the field in this tricky contest. From the stalls Martin jumped the horse out well and he sat in behind the leader and was nicely settled. The order did not change for the entire race until the leader reached the two furlong pole when Martin pushed Yourartisonfire forward and he soon took up the running. The dash for home started and Yourartisonfire went a half length up. The horse on his inside responded and the lead stayed the same all the way until the final half furlong. The two horses that had been tracking tried but could never get on terms. Martin and Yourartisonfire were in full stride and the horse kept finding for pressure and went clear by two lengths near the finish winning comfortably in the end. A really great performance and he looks to be improving still. Well done to all connections, this horse has never been out of the prize money in all his runs.
Angels Calling ran on Friday at Thirsk and Robert Winston took the ride in the seven furlong handicap seller. Angels was drawn in stall 6. From the stalls Robert tucked Angels towards the rail. Angels made her way up to sixth place and the pace looked strong. Turning for home the first six horses had drawn a little clear. Angels begun to move forward and all the way up the home straight was getting closer to the leader. The leader had shot clear by a couple of lengths but Angels had weaved through and was chasing hard. She got within a length of the leader but try as she might she couldn’t get any closer and finished second, well clear of the third horse. Unsaddling Robert said she had run really well and a bit of cut in the ground would suit her. A much better performance and she looks on a winnable mark.
Fast Shot ran on Saturday in the Sky Bet Dash at York and David Allen was back on board. He was drawn in stall 1. Fast Shot broke well from the stalls but seemed to stumble slightly. With no cover he seemed to take hold of the bridle and rushed forwards travelling on the outside of the field. The pace of the race was all happening down the centre of the track and David could never get Fast Shot across. Around two furlongs from home David pushed Fast Shot forward but he slightly went towards the far side rail and lost some momentum. David, aware that he was never going to be competitive, allowed Fast Shot to come home without being hard on him. He seemed fine afterwards but the draw beat us here like it did at Newcastle. There will be other days for him.
The new horse Teds Brother ran on Sunday at Carlisle and Philip Prince took the ride in the seven furlong handicap. Ted was drawn in stall 10. From the stalls Ted’s Brother seemed to stumble slightly and that put him at the rear of the field. Philip tried to make ground but was pushed out wide. Rounding the turn for home the entire field came across to the stand side rail but Ted was left isolated in the middle of the track. Inside the final two furlongs Ted begun to make progress but the well punted on Brian Ellison horse had grabbed the favoured rail and was making for home. Ted’s Brother closed but racing on the worst ground was just ran out of second on the line finishing a gallant third place, securing third place money for his new connections. A good first start in the Yellow & Whites and he will be winning before long, get involved before he is sold out.
Thanks to Jamie Wadge who took the following photos on a recent trip to Karl Burkes yard —————————