29th April – 5th May 2013

Yourartisonfire went to Yarmouth on Tuesday in the one mile 3 year old handicap. He was ridden by Michael Metcalfe. The ground was Good/Firm and there were some nice looking horses in opposition. From the off YAIOF tracked the leader down the centre of the course, the field were tightly grouped together. The look of the race stayed the same until approaching the final two furlongs when several of YAIOF’s rivals began to come under pressure and he still appeared to be going nicely. Entering the final furlong YAIOF was pushed alongside the leader to challenge and it was a straight fight to the line. It was neck and neck all the way to the line but try as he might YAIOF just couldn’t get past, finishing a neck second. The winner was given a good ride by Mr Fallon and had decent form as a two year old finishing closely behind Van Der Neer and Wentworth. It was a good pipe opener and there will be more to come from this lovely horse.

Angels Calling was up next at Lingfield and was ridden by Robert Winston in the six furlong handicap. Angels broke well from the stall and was lying in a handy position as they approached the first turn. Just as she was about to go round in fourth place a horse on her outside came right across her forcing Robert to take a big pull and Angels lost both momentum and her place in the field. Robert soon got Angel’s travelling again on the outside of the field. As the field turned into the home straight Robert got Angels out wide and began to make his move. Just as she got to the leader a furlong out a horse that had come from the rear overtook her and went into the lead, Angels tried to respond and kept on running all the way to the line finishing second beaten just over a length. It was a solid effort from Angels who was giving the winner 7 pounds in weight and without the interference would have gone a lot closer.

Wednesday at Pontefract arrived and both Eutropius and Blue Maisey took their place in the one mile handicap. The going was good/firm. Eutropius was ridden by Robert Winston and Blue Maisey by Paul Mulrennan.  Unfortunately again for Blue Maisey she was drawn widest of the entire field again. As the stalls opened two horses immediately kicked on and Blue Maisey had to be taken back and dropped to the rear of the field. Eutropius broke well and from his inside draw was able to get a prominent position tracking the leaders.  The two leaders set a cracking pace and they set up a good lead on the rest of the field of about six lengths. Eutropius had to be pushed along as Robert tried to close the gap and he immediately responded and came back on the bridle and closed the gap. Inside the final two furlongs Robert pushed Eutropius to the front an edged on by a good length and with he rest of the field now closing Robert kept Eutropius up to his work winning by a length and ¾’s, Blue Maisey was doing all her best work at the finish and finished 6th between around 6 lengths by Eutropius. Unsaddling Paul Mulrennan said that she didn’t enjoy the faster surface, they went really fast and from the wide draw she did well to run on from unpromising position. He said that she might get a bit further. Robert Winston unsaddling stated that the horse had to work hard as the leaders went off really fast but once he entered the final two furlongs he was confident that he was always going to get to the leader. He said the horse was still learning with it being only his third race. It was a really taking performance from the horse.

In the final race at Pontefract we had recent course winner Gold Show who was ridden by Jacob Butterfield in the one mile two furlong apprentice handicap. Gold Show was her usual edgey self in the parade ring and Jacob took her down to the start early. The plan as with her last race was to settle her in behind the leaders and make progress and then try and take up the running inside the final two furlongs.  She broke well and Jacob got Gold Show covered in behind the early leader. The positions of the race didn’t change but turning into the home straight the leader kicked for home and Gold Show and the rest of the field were caught a little flat footed. Jacob began pushing and riding Goldie to try and close and a couple of other runners did the same. She kept galloping all the way but could never get to the long time leader with a couple of other horses passing her in the final furlong. Goldie ending up finishing fourth beat just under three lengths. Unsaddling Jacob said that she travelled well through the race but just couldn’t quicken to close the gap on the long time leader although she kept on well at the finish and a possible step up in trip might suit.

Burnhope ran in the six furlong handicap atDoncasteron Saturday night and was ridden by Paul Hanagan. Burnhope set off in front in the six furlong sprint and had the field trailing behind him. Just as the field reached the two furlong marker Paul began to get serious with Burnhope but he stopped very quickly with the entire field overtaking him. Paul Hanagan immediately stopped riding and allowed the horse to come home in his own time. Unsaddling the horse had blood coming from his nose and it appears he had burst a blood vessel. All the reports from last night and today have been positive with the horse eating up and enjoying himself in the paddock. He will be seen by the vet later in the week.

Eutropius ran at Hamilton on Sunday in the one mile one furlong handicap, carrying a penalty from his win on Wednesday, he was again ridden by Robert Winston. The ground was soft but he had come out the race well on Wednesday and was allowed to run. From the stalls the pace was just ordinary with the whole field well grouped.  Robert had Eutropius on the outside of the field and throughout the race Robert was just niggling away every so often. Eutropius kept finding for this pressure and moved up alongside the leaders.  Eutropius was now in a battle and tried his hardest but just as he looked like he was getting on top another horse appeared running on his inside. Try as he might Eutropius couldn’t respond and was done on the line for second. Unsaddling Robert stated he thought the run had come a little quick and he was still green. A gallant run, he’s a nice horse.

Pics of Eutropius Winning at Pontefract