9th September – 15th September

Ted’s Brother ran at Redcar on Tuesday in the 7 furlong apprentice handicap and Philip Prince took off 3 pounds. As Richard said the draw wasn’t the best but Ted’s ran another solid race, whether the draw made any difference between winning and coming 3rd is debatable but Ted as usual gave his running tracking the leaders until being produced 2 furlongs from home and then trying to close on the eventually winner all the way inside the final furlong and just getting caught on the line fro 2nd. Another good run from this ultra consistent horse.

Piceno ran at Doncasteron Wednesday in the 1 mile 0-70 classified legends race for ex jockeys and Tony Culhane had the ride. Piceno was drawn against the nearside rail, and from the start Tony got Piceno on his side of the track, he was taking a keen hold and around the halfway marker Tony edged Piceno out and he made headway to join the leaders. Piceno was in the front rank until inside the final 2 furlongs when he came under pressure and it was clear that other horses where travelling better. To his credit Piceno kept on with his jockey looking a little tired in the saddle. Piceno finished 7th on a track without his favoured bend.

Burnhope was due to run in the last race but knocked himself in his box on the morning of the race, although nothing serious and Scott decided to withdraw him saving him for another day.

Blue Maisey ran at Carlisle on Wednesday in the one mile handicap and Kevin Stott rode. The ground at the start of the day was good good/firm in places but persistent rain had changed the going to good/soft for the first race and then soft for the following races. There where several non runners in Maisey’s race and after a long discussion we let Maisey take her chance, but told the jockey to do his best on her but if it was clear she was hating the ground not to be hard on her. Maisey was in a tucked in the back third of the field and was travelling ok. Entering the straight Kevin maneuvered Maisey out for a run and she found a little for his urgings but the leaders had had a good break and whereby Maisey usually picks up on decent ground she had no acceleration in the sloppy conditions and she finished 7th.

Ticking Katie ran at Doncaster on Thursday at Doncaster in the 6 ½ furlong fillies handicap which had been the plan for some time and was televised live on Channel 4 Racing. Joey Haynes took off 5 pounds and from the start Joey bounced Katie out and she was soon in front. She was travelling in the centre of the course and was rally enjoying herself and leading the competitive field a merry dance. Around 2 furlongs from home Joey kicked again and Katie responded and then went 2 lengths clear. Many of the other runners where struggling and Katie was going great guns. Inside the final furlong another horse appeared up the nearside rail and was finishing strongly, just 50 yards from home Katie was joined but whether she was able to see the other horse being so far apart was overtaken and although she responded it was to late and she finished 2nd beaten just over a length with her being well clear of the 3rd horse. A fantastic effort from Katie who has not been out of the first two places since her debut and has improved with every run, great prize money picked up by her owners, who had a fantastic day.

Yourartisonfire ran at Sandown on Friday in the one mile 0-90 handicap and Chris Catlin rode. The ground had turned to soft by the time of his race and from the stalls Yourartisonfire was very keen and the jockey had trouble settling him into any kind of rhythm. Rounding the home turn Yourartisonfire was in the back third of the field and was still racing keenly. The field came across to the near side which they usually do on soft ground at Sandown and Yourartisonfire was rather stuck in the middle of the course. He tried to make some headway but his early exertions and the very soft ground appeared to take its toll and he could never get competitive. He eventually finished near the rear of the field.