Heavenly River made her debut at Wolverhampton on Tuesday in the one mile and ½ furlong maiden and Joey Haynes took the ride taking five pounds off. Heavenly broke well and Joey settled her in midfield tracking the leaders. Throughout the race she travelled really nicely and looked to be enjoying herself and as the field went down the back straight she was still travelling on the bridle whilst many others where being scrubbed along. As the field begun to leave the back straight Joey just had to start pushing her along and rounding the bend Joey tried to move Heavenly out from behind a horse in front. It was here disaster struck and Heavenly clipped heels and fell forwards doing a forward roll in the process and dumping Joey to the ground. The rest of the runners continued on and thankfully Heavenly got to her feet and stood motionless. Joey got to his feet and took hold of her. The horse she was about to pass came second so she would of finished in the frame. Heavenly was checked over and was sore in the morning but has eaten everything put in front of her. A very unfortunate incident when she was running a very promising race.
Vodka Red ran at Newcastle on Saturday in the two mile handicap hurdle which was for conditional and amateur jockeys only and Dean Pratt rode. Vodka was supporting a hood and blinkers and they definitely helped him settle in the parade ring. Vodka Red is such a good traveller we were hoping for a decent pace and Dean was instructed to bide his time and try to take up the running at the last if possible. As the race set off Dean settled Vodka out the back of the field and the first two flights were going to be crucial to see whether he had got over being brought down last time out. Vodka flew the first couple of jumps and was travelling strongly. The pace was a strong one and Vodka was pulling himself through the field and travelling down the back straight Dean and Vodka where disputing 3rd / 4th place. Dean had to rein Vodka back and rounding the home turn he was still swinging along. Dean was still taking a pull but a slight mistake at the second last cost Vodka a bit of momentum and a horse on his far side took up the running and went for home. Dean still looked to have the move covered and as they approached the last a good jump was required. Howe haver Vodka just trailed his hind legs through the hurdle and lost impetus. The leader had gone a few lengths clear and Dean and Vodka set off in pursuit. All the way up the run in they were closing but unfortunately the line came too soon and they lost by just over a length. A pleasing run although slightly frustrating he didn’t win but the horse showed that he is more than capable of winning a race before the season is finished.
Mitchell’s Way ran at Carlisle on Sunday in the two mile novice chase and Tom Scudamore rode as Paddy Brennan took a few days off after his fall. The distance was a slight worry but Mitchell’s jumped off in third place and from the first fence he measured all the fences well along the journey. Mitchell’s Way had actually jumped to the front by the time the field reached the bottom of the hill ready for the run back towards the finish. At the second last Mitchell’s was being challenged by the James Ewart horse but a superb jump took him a couple of lengths clear. Howe haver as they approached the last fence another challenger appeared but with a great leap at the last and Tom driving away Mitchell’s found plenty on the run in to hold the challengers. Three wins on the trot now for this wonderful horse that is progressing with every run.
Mitchell’s Way’s easy Chase victory over 2m4f last weekend saw Ontoawinner register wins on the flat, over hurdles and over fences for the first time. The horse, partnered by Paul Maloney, was fantastic from start to finish. It was two on the bounce for Mitchells after a win in a jumpers bumper around the all-weather. Connections will look for another race for him now. Well done Niall and Simon, another really sound purchase with a restricted budget. It’s easy for people to take it for granted, as Ontoawinner have made the last few years look easy, but the purchasing has been really good.
Heavenly River may debut this week coming. She’s a big strong filly now, who may well have a bright future.
The two year olds are going really well, there’s been almost no issues as winter has been so mild.
Don’t forget its Edwin Tuer’s yard visit next weekend, Sat 15th, and Brian Ellison’s the week after, Sat 22nd.
Teds Brother has been added to the Arc syndicate, which is fantastic news for those guys, he’s a regular runner and is tough. He’s difficult to beat in his own grade with the right conditions.
Miami Gator ran at Kempton on Thursday night in the one mile 0-55 handicap and Joey Haynes rode taking five pounds off. Drawn in stall eight he looked to have a good chance if everything fell right. From the start Joey jumped Miami out well and he had him prominent and he took him into the lead. Adam Kirby, whose mount started slowly rushed his horse past the entire field and went past Miami to take up the running. Miami remained in second place but was just running a little too freely. As the field begun to turn out of the back straight Joey sent Miami into the led again and had to start getting to work at him. Two furlongs from home Miami had several of the other runners in trouble but a couple of horses came out of the pack to challenge Miami. Miami to his great credit kept on running all the way to the line to finish 4th. Another good effort in a race which didn’t fall his way.
Vodka Red ran at Doncaster in the two mile 0-105 novice’s handicap hurdle and Stephen Mulqueen rode taking seven pounds off. Vodka as is the norm was held out at the rear of the field as the runners set off. As the field streamed over the first flight of hurdles in mid pack a runner fell and brought down a horse that was tracking it, unfortunately this was right in the path of Vodka Red who upon landing tried to side step them but he was knocked sideways and down ejecting Stephen onto the ground. Vodka Red got up immediately and continued chasing the pack. He was caught after doing a full lap of Doncaster and appeared OK. Stephen was taken to hospital as a precaution. His x-rays were clear with no broken bones but he is very sore.
Gold Show also ran at Doncaster in the two mile 0-125 mare’s only handicap hurdle and Tony Kelly rode as usual taking three pounds off. Tony jumped Goldie off in a decent position over the first flight of hurdles and the horse sat in midfield for much of the first part of the race. As the field reached the top of Rose Hill Tony was just beginning to squeeze away at Goldie to keep her in touch with the strong pace that was being set. Turning in the home straight it was clear that Goldie was under pressure and was struggling to keep up with the leaders in this competitive race. Tony kept Goldie up to her work and her jumping was fine throughout the race but the two miles on this quicker ground just seemed to count against her. She stayed on to the line finishing 6th but was never really in contention for a place.
Mitchell’s Way ran at Sedgefield on Sunday in the two mile four furlong handicap chase and Paul Moloney rode. Mitchells Way was settled in midfield and he jumped and travelled nicely for the whole of the first circuit but past the stands just lost his prominent position. Paul & Mitchells had the leaders moved covered and down the far side Paul got Mitchells Way rolling and they made steady headway and as the field approached the top of the hill two fences from home Mitchell’s Way jumped to the front and looked to be going best. Approaching the final fence which was the normal second last due to the final fence being omitted the favourite began to move up menacingly. Howe haver Mitchell’s Way got a great jump at the last whilst the favourite fell. There was still a good two furlongs to run and another horse came out of the pack to mount a challenge. Paul had to give Mitchells a couple of smacks with the whip to keep him going as the horse closed to within two lengths. But as they bypassed the omitted fence Mitchell’s stretched again and went clear of this rival winning by four lengths. A great win with an excellent round of jumping.