Monday saw Carbutts Ridge kick off this week’s runners when he went to Pontefract and ran in the one mile nursery and Joey Haynes rode. Breaking from their stall four position Joey was soon at work on Carbutts Ridge as he looked to keep their good position and although Joey tried his best Carbutts was slow to find his stride and as the field made their way towards the first bend CR found himself towards the rear of the field. As the race began to develop he was a little keen and pulling for his head in an attempt to go faster. Down the side of the course CR was now on the bridle and travelling nicely. As the field turned into the home straight CR was now on the outside of the entire field and swung slightly wide into the home straight. Joey was not hard at work and hitting the final furlong it looked like they might get a place and be involved in the finish. Howe haver inside the final half a furlong CR’s efforts rounding the final turn and the stiff finish just began to take its toll and Joey accepting that their chance had gone pushed CR out all the way to the line and they finished the race in midfield. Looking at the result without watching the race doesn’t tell the full story and this was certainly a better run from CR who showed there was some ability in waiting. A few months off and some strengthening up over the winter and this horse will be seen in a much better light in his three year old career.
Tuesday saw us have two runners down at Windsor. Tabikat Elle was first up when she ran in the six furlong nursery with Ben Curtis taking the ride. Breaking from the stalls TKE was well away and for the first two furlongs Ben had TKE disputing the early lead with a couple of other horses for company. Halfway into the race Ben just started to nudge away at TKE to keep her competitive. Ben gave TKE a few reminders with his whip but she was dropping away rather than going forward and inside the final furlong with the race gone Ben allowed the horse to finish in her own time and towards the rear end of the pack. A disappointing effort from the horse who is a tall big filly who when filling out her big frame will be seen to much better effect.
Teds Brother ran in the last race at Windsor in the one mile handicap and with Robert Winston being ill, Ben Curtis stepped in to ride. Unfortunately as has been the norm this season Teds Brother was slowly away from the stalls and came out in last place giving a couple of lengths away to the early leaders. Ben pushed away at TB to get him racing and he took TB towards the rail. Rounding the turn into the home straight again the field edged towards the centre of the course and Ben got TB moving forward as they stayed towards the nearside of the field. Inside the final furlong the leader who had led from the start kicked for home and with nothing else coming out of the pack to challenge him TB began his run and Ben was getting a good tune out of the horse who was staying on nicely. Inside the final hundred yards TB was running on really nicely and gaining all the time on the leader who had just pinched too much of an advantage and try as he might TB could only finish the race in second place. It was really pleasing to see TB get back to a bit of form and he is handicapped to win a race before the end of the season and with some rain around he should also get the ground he likes.
Yeeoow was up next on Wednesday night when he went back to the scene of his last race and returned to Kempton Park and ran in the seven furlong handicap and Dougie Costello rode again. Breaking from their outside stall Dougie allowed Yeeoow to find his feet and as the field made their way down the back straight Dougie allowed Yeeoow to edge across and by the time the field began to make the turn Yeeoow was on the outside of the early leader contesting second place. Round the sweeping turn that takes the runners into the home straight, Yeeoow was still on the heels of the early leader and with the field behind spreading across the track Yeeoow looked in a good position should he be able to quickened and stay the extra furlong that he was running over. Just outside two furlong from the finish Dougie was getting to work on Yeeoow as many of the runners began to come under pressure. As the early leader kicked again Yeeoow was struggling to keep up and inside the final furlong Yeeoow had no response and with his stamina coming to an end Dougie kept pushing away but Yeeoow finished in seventh place.
Friday saw us have two runners, Little Lady Katie ran at Newbury in the one mile handicap and Joey Haynes rode. Breaking well from the stalls Joey got LLK nicely positioned in second place tracking the leader. The pace of the race did not look strong as several of her rivals in behind were pulling and as the field made their way into the home straight the field were well grouped together. The leader headed down the centre of the track and LLK was still traveling powerfully on the heels of the leader and as field went inside the final three furlongs most of the field held some kind of chance. Here the leader tried to kick for home and LLK came under a drive from Joey but everyone who knows LLK knows she is a fighter and although Joey was working away LLK was still in contention with a furlong to run. It was here a horse swept by her on her outside and another horse closer to the far side rail went clear of the rest of the field. Joey and LLK were still trying their hardest and were in amongst the rest of the field. Inside the final hundred yards they stayed on at the same pace and finished in a group of runners in sixth place. A good effort in a competitive race against progressive and unexposed types.
Fazza was the last runner of the week when he went to Doncaster and ran in the amateur rider’s handicap over one mile two furlongs and Cath Walton rode. Breaking from the stalls a little awkwardly Cath got Fazza positioned against the rail and they found themselves in the rear third of the field as the field made their way down the side of Town Moor. Fazza on the heels of horses was a little keen and Cath did well to get Fazza settled and as the field turned into the home straight Fazza railed well and gained a few positions and Cath allowed Fazza to stay against the far side rail. Just outside the two furlong from home marker Fazza cruised up and was now contesting joint second place and it looked like he might be involved in the finish for the places. Howe haver inside the final furlong with his stamina coming to an end Fazza began to get tired and after Cath gave him a couple of reminders with no response she pushed him out to the line and finished in midfield. With limited races about there was always going to be a risk that this trip would be a little too far but it was worth a go.