Fazza went to Beverley on Tuesday afternoon and ran in the one mile and half a furlong handicap and Joe Doyle rode taking three pounds off. Fazza had been very inconsistent this year but the handicapper had relented and on his best form Fazza had a chance to be competitive in this race. From the break Fazza was settled against the rail tracking the early pace in midfield. As the field swept round the bend into the home straight every horse had some kind of chance. Joe was getting a good tune out of Fazza but crunch time was about to come when the sprint for home began. Around two furlongs out Joe edged Fazza off the rail to try and get a clear passage. Hitting the final furlong the field were spread across the course with several horses in with a chance of winning including Fazza who was on his best behaviour. With some of the early leaders dropping back Fazza was finishing with great effect and with fifty yards to run he was in a three way tie for the lead and looked to have his head in front. In the shadows of the post Fazza and another horse were locked together and in the final stride Fazza’s opponent stuck out their neck and Fazza was denied the win. It was a good effort from the old boy and on this showing it is hoped he can get a win before the season concludes.
Saturday was a bust day with three runners. Oceanella was up first when she went to Chester and ran in the seven furlong maiden with Tom Eaves in the plate. Drawn in stall four we were hopeful of a good run. Unfortunately for Oceanella as the stalls opened horses either side came across and the three of them were involved in bumping match and Tom seeing that the gap in front of him was closing took Oceanella back and they found themselves at the rear of the field as the group sped towards the first sharp turn. As the race progressed with the pace being set a good one Oceanella got herself lit up and began to pull Tom faster than he really wanted her to go and she soon made up the lost ground and was taking a strong pull. Rounding the sharp turn that leads towards the short home straight Tom was against the rail and trying to get Oceanella a path through. Four horses up front kicked for the finish and Oceanella was tapped for toe and room and although she ran on inside the final furlong she was never able to land a serious blow to the principals and finished in fifth place. A slightly disappointing effort but the track and the race did not play to her strengths and there will be other days for this filly.
Fast Shot was up next at Haydock and he ran in the six furlong sprint handicap and David Allan rode. After a better effort last week it was hoped that Fast Shot could back this effort up and again show the ability he possesses. From the off drawn in the centre of the track David was content to allow Fast Shot to tuck in behind one of the horses that was making the running. The field were spread across the course and around two furlongs from home David angled Fast Shot from behind this horse and they had a clear run in front of them and began to make some progress. Howe haver their effort was only short lived and as the leaders went inside the final furlong Fast Shot was gradually going backwards rather than forwards and he finished at the rear of the field. It appears the horse is saving a bit for himself and a change in tactics could well be employed next time in an attempt to get him back to the form he showed at the start of this season.
Last up on Saturday and for the week was Yourartisonfire who also ran at Haydock in the one mile handicap and Richard Kingscote rode. From the off YAIOF was settled in midfield by Richard after they broke from their wide draw. Positioned on the outside of the field as the runners made their way down the back straight YAIOF was traveling with enthusiasm and was getting a nice lead into the race. The pace of the race lifted around three furlongs from the finish and Richard gave YAIOF a crack with his whip and asked the horse to pick up. Richard waited for the response but YAIOF couldn’t close the gap on the leaders. At the furlong from home marker Richard accepted the situation and stood up in his irons and allowed the horse to finish in his own time on ground that probably didn’t suit the horse who has been on the go since the first day of the season.