24th June 2013 – 30th June 2013

Ticking Katie ran at Thirsk on Monday and was ridden by Danny Tudhope. She was drawn in stall 5 which wasn’t ideal but a good run was hoped for nevertheless. Breaking smartly from the stalls Danny edged over towards the stand side rail. Katie was disputing the lead with a couple of other horses on her inside. Katie was travelling really nicely and two furlongs out took up the running and went about a length clear. On reflection, and this was backed up by Danny, there was the opportunity to get right across to the rail to close the door on the others. He kept her in a straight line where she was as she was still going well but another horse, hard up against the rail, began to make ground on Katie and with only 100 yards left Katie was joined and then passed by the other horse with Katie finishing second. Unsaddling Danny said that he was really impressed with her attitude and she would be winning races, a really pleasing run and lots to work on. We’ll now look for another northern maiden.

Fast Shot ran at Newcastle on Saturday and was ridden by Paul Mulrennan as David Allan his usual jockey was suspended. There had been some rain on Friday and the ground was described as good/soft. Fast Shot was trying to defend his crown having won this race last year. As ever with sprint handicap you need luck in running and sometimes to be drawn on the best part of the course. Having walked the course Tim Easterby was concerned about Fast Shot’s draw and told Paul to try and get over to his left as much as possible because he was drawn in the worst part of the course. Breaking from the stall Paul tried to edge over but the other horse inside him kept straight so Paul tried to get Fast Shot some cover. Around two furlongs from home Fast Shot was in the clear and Paul tried to make a move but it was clear the horses left of him were in front by some way. Fast Shot ran on trying all the way but the runners drawn low held sway and Fast Shot finished ninth. Tim was disappointed and said the horse had been working well at home and to draw a line through this run and move on.

Gold Show ran at Newcastle on Saturday in the 1 mile 2 furlong 0-85 handicap. Declan Cannon rode. The favourite in the race looked to have an outstanding chance but Goldie had worked well during the week and hopes where high for a decent showing. Declan, upon leaving the stalls, tucked Goldie in midfield and as is her usual trait, she was taking a keen hold.  The order stayed much the same and into the home straight Goldie was still travelling nicely. At around the two furlong pole the leader soon dropped away and the field spread out and Declan asked Goldie for her effort , she was pushing for the lead but the favourite came sweeping past and Goldie and another horse fought out the minor honours, with Goldie running on well for third. With a bit more cover until near the finish she could possibly have gone closer but it was a return to form for this lovable grey horse. She is better with a bit more dig.