On Wednesday Carbutt’s Ridge had his first day at school when he made his debut in the six furlong maiden at Hamilton and Keegan Latham rode. As the stalls opened Carbutt Ridge got some stage fright and was left standing for a spilt second as the other runners jumped off. Keegan was soon having to nudge along to get CR running and for him to realise he was in a race. As the field hurtled down the track Keegan was having to push and shove at CR who was running very green and although he never lost any more ground he wasn’t closing in on the rest of the field as they hit the furlong from home marker. CR kept going and finished at the rear of the field but will have learned alot from this experience.
On Friday Fazza went to Redcar and ran in the one mile two furlong handicap and Paul Mulrennan rode. From the off Paul got Fazza up tracking the early leader and as the field went down the back straight and made the turn into the home straight Paul was still sitting nicely in second place and they were travelling comfortably. As the field made their way up the home straight and the leader quickened the pace Fazza was still going nicely as some of his rivals behind came under pressure. Hitting the two furlong from home marker Paul made his move on Fazza and he pushed him up to join the leader. Fazza and this horse then became involved in a dual with both horses giving everything. It was neck and neck but unfortunately just inside the last 100 yards Fazza just started to get the worst of the argument and dropped off the lead and it was then his efforts took its toll and he was passed in the shadows of the post by a couple of other horses finishing in fifth place. A gallant effort and just that last half a furlong stretched Fazza’s stamina costing him the win.
On Saturday Little Lady Katie ran at Ayr in their one mile handicap and Jordan Vaughan took the ride. Breaking from the stalls Jordan got a good break and with no one else wanting to go on in the lead Jordan pushed LLK forward into the lead. LLK was pricking her ears out in front and was enjoying herself bowling along at the head of affairs. Entering the straight Jordan was keen to hold onto LLK for as long as possible. Reaching the two furlong form home marker Jordan asked LLK to kick for home and her response was to put a couple of lengths between herself and the rest of the field with many jockeys in behind pushing their mounts along without any response. Inside the final furlong LLK last challenger came, LLK was still holding on and was giving everything to keep herself in front. Getting a little tired she just started to drift towards her challenger and hung across the track. LLK was still holding on and gamely stuck her neck out as the line came and she held on by a short head in the photo finish. A stewards enquiry was called and everyone had a nervous wait and it was absolutely gutting that the stewards decided to demote LLK to second place. Having viewed the head on footage LLK does drift across and nudge the other horses who in turn near the line bumps LLK back. It was a decision that could have gone either way but for me LLK was always holding that other horse to the line.