Angels Calling ran at Leicester on Monday in the 7 furlong seller and Joey Haynes rode. Joey settled Angles in a prominent position and for a small field they were strung out across the course until Angels quickened and went into the led 2 furlongs from home. At the furlong pole Angel’s was in front but was drifting to her right but was well clear of the runners on her side of the track but the dangers appeared on the other side of the course. Inside the final furlong with nothing to race against she appeared to get a little tired whilst the other two horses on the near side gradually overtook her. Angels to her credit kept on and was only beaten by just over a length having raced on her own for a long way.
Mr Mo Jo ran at Redcar in the 5 furlong 0-70 handicap. Jason Hart rode and took three pounds off his back. Unfortunately there had been rain and the ground had soft patches and was starting to cut up by the time of Mr Mo Jo’s race. Mr Mo Jo slightly hesitated at the start and Jason had to rush him up to get to the front. Mo Jo was up the front on his side whilst there were a few horses going at a good pace on the other side of the track. Mr Mo Jo remained in the front rank and at around the two furlong from home maker Mr Mo Jo came under some pressure but responded. He still looked if he was in front inside the final furlong when he was pressured on both sides. He was overtaken but kept on responding to pressure and stayed on all the way to the line, fishing sixth but only beaten 2 lengths. Unsaddling Jason said Mr Mo Jo had to work harder on the softening ground and that is why he got tired inside the final furlong and back on quicker ground thought he would go very close to winning.
Fast Shot ran at Ripon on Saturday in the 6 furlong 0-105 sprint handicap. Unfortunately the ground had dried up and was described as good. Duran Fentiman rode and from the stalls Fast Shot broke out well and Duran tucked him in midfield behind the early pace. He looked to be travelling nicely and around 2 furlongs from home Duran pulled Fast Shot out to the outside of the field to try and make a move. Duran made some slight headway but it was nothing like the acceleration he showed last week at Ayr and inside the final furlong the horse could never make any impression on the leaders and eventually finished 8th. Duran stated unsaddling the horse never picked up when he asked and was a little flat and was still probably feeling the effects of his hard race last week.
Ticking Katie went to Newmarket on Saturday for the 7 furlong nursery and Danny Tudhope rode. Having been raised 6 pounds from her second last time out it was always going to be a tough ask. Katie broke well from the stalls and Danny tucked her in behind the early pace setter. She kept this position until 2 furlongs from home when the race began in earnest. Katie moved to the quarters of the leader and Danny was getting maximum effort from her. A horse then appeared to her right and Katie dropped back slightly but she then inside the last 100 yards begun to run on again. The challengers drifted across her which didn’t help. Katie was forced to check and Danny had to stop riding and pull Katie as there was nowhere to go. Katie still finished 3rd beaten only ½L and a neck and you could well argue that with a clear run she would have got second place. Another fine effort and another step forward from this loveable filly.
We also had a visit to Alan Swinbanks yard to look at Mitchells Way & Eutropius. Mitchells Way is getting ready for the new national hunt season and looks really well