2nd September – 8th September
Ted’s Brother ran at Hamilton on Monday in the one mile 0-75 handicap and Philip Prince rode, unfortunately the predicted rain did not arrive but Richard allowed Ted’s Brother to take his chance. Ted broke well and Philip tucked him into third place behind the pace setting leaders. The race was only ordinary and Ted was pulling a bit. The race positions did not change and as the field reached the 3 furlong pole the pace quickened and in races where there is little pace its best to be near the front. The two horses in front of Ted and managed to get a little break from him but Philip was getting Ted into contention and he closed entering the final furlong but the two leaders had a sufficient advantage and the ground not helping Ted he finished a gallant 3rd.
Ailsa Craig ran at Haydock on Thursday in the 1 mile 4 furlong 0-70 handicap for gentleman amateur riders with Philip Dennis taking the ride in only his third ever ride in public. The plan was to sit behind the pace and to make ground and headway up the home straight and try and produce her inside the final furlong just as they had been atNewcastlethe week before. Unusually for amateur races the pace was steady and Phil was able to get Ailsa into third pace and tracked the two horses in front. R8oundiung the turn into the straight the leader had pushed on but Phil did not panic and kept Ailsa in a nice rhythm. Around 2 furlongs from home most of the field where pushed along by their jockeys but Ailsa seemed to be going nicely. Phil again kept composed and with Edwin’s instructions ringing in his rears waited until inside the final furlong before he took up the running. For a few strides it looked like Ailsa was going to get into a battle for the win, but she quickened nicely and Phil pushed her clear, winning by 6 lengths. A fantastic result, Ailsa’s second win for the year and Phil’s first ever winner in public.
Burnhope ran at Thirsk in the 0-80 6 furlong handicap. This looked a very competitive handicap and Burnhope looked to of been no favours by the draw in stall 1. (seems to be a common theme at Thirsk bad draws all year !) Billy Cray rode and took three pounds off. From the stalls Billy pushed Burnhope forward and they made their way across to the stand side rail. Using up some effort, he managed to get one place off that favoured rail. Burnhope was racing enthusiastically in the front three all the way until inside the final 2 furlongs when he started to get tired after his break and the effort he used in the early part of the race. Billy was not hard on the horse and he allowed him to come home in hi sown time. Hopefully this run will bring him on and he will be fitter next time.