2nd June 2013 to 9th June 2013

Blue Maisey ran at Carlisleon Monday in the 8.15 pm 1 mile 2 furling 0-80 Fillies Handicap. James Sullivan took the ride and was told to sit handy to the pace and try and then get her to quicken up inside the final two furlongs as there was still the worry of the extra distance. James followed instructions to the letter and sat in 3rd place for much of the race. Around the three furlongs from home marker James gave Blue Maisey a crack with the whip and she responded and closed towards the leaders.  Inside the final two furlongs she tried to close and looked like she would get into the first three but the stiff finish and the extra distance took its toll and she finished 5th.

Angels Calling ran at Carlisle on Monday in the 8.45 pm in the 7 furlong 0-70 handicap and was ridden by Michael O’Connell.  Drawn out wide, Michael’s instructions were to get her some cover and then produce her near the finish. Angels broke out well from her wide draw and Michael tried to get her across, but she was always stuck on the outside of the field and was puling a bit. It was a night when you had to be at the front to score. When the leaders began to kick for home Michael pulled Angel’s to the outside and she responded to his urgings. Unfortunately the front three had gone but she really put her head down and tried all the way to the line finishing 4th.

Ailsa Craig ran at Ripon on Tuesday in the 2.30pm 1 mile 2 furlong 0-70 fillies’ handicap. James Sullivan took the ride on the good/firm going. James got a good break and Ailsa was tracking the leader. She kept in this position until three furlongs out when she took the lead and James tried to kick for home. Just inside the final two furlongs Ailsa was pressurised and overtaken and stayed on at the one pace for a 4th place finish. James said the ground was too quick for her and she needed some give in the ground and probably would of gone very close if there was some soft in the going description.

Fast Shot ran at Ripon on Wednesday in the 8.15pm 6 furlong 0-95 sprint handicap. David Allan rode as usual and the ground was described as Good. Fast Shot had a decent draw and breaking from the stalls David tucked Fast Shot in behind the leading pack. The leader was setting a good pace and had the nearside rail to assist. Everything else seemed to be struggling to get on terms with the leader as David started to make his move. Unfortunately he hit a few traffic problems and had to switch around a couple of horse before making his attack on the leader. Fast Shot burst out from the pack and was chasing down the leader but the post came too soon and he was beaten into 2nd place. Another great effort from Fast Shot.

Arch Walker ran at Thirsk in the 2.40 pm 0-60 5 furlong sprint handicap and James Sullivan took the ride. His instructions were to get the horse out quickly and try and get to the front.  From the stalls, James was always having to push Archie to get a position and he had to give the horse an early smack with the whip. Archie was always struggling to keep tabs with the leaders and was staying on at one pace and hung from his rails position and finished 7th never really getting into the race. Unsaddling James said the horse never travelled and was hanging and thought a step up to six furlongs might assist.

Yourartisonfire ran at Thirsk in the 5.00 pm 0-95 7 furlong handicap and was ridden by Michael Metcalfe, although there were only 6 runners they were all nice horse in the paddock with a lot of unexposed types. Michael said that there was going to be a lot of pace and Karl said to track the pace and mount his challenge inside the final two furlongs. From the stalls Michael took a pull on the horse as there was a strong pace being set. Michael tracked the leaders and rounding the home turn was now into third place. Down the home straight the whole field looked to have a chance of winning and just inside the final two furlongs Michael pulled the horse into a challenging position and looked like he joined the leader. There was a dash for the line and Yourartsionfire just was tapped for a finishing burst and ran a gallant race to finish 4th beaten only 2 lengths by the Wood Ditton winner. A fantastic effort and Michael said that the horse had run a smashing race but was done for toe at the business end of the race.

Mr Mo Jo was entered at Pontefract on Friday in the 9.10pm 5 furlong 0-75 sprint handicap and was to be ridden by Kieron Fallon but had to be withdrawn due to a small lump on his leg, nothing serious but just enough to stop him running.

Below are pictures of Fast Shot at Thirsk