Review of the week 16th – 22nd September
Mr Mo Jo ran at Musselburgh in the 5 furlong 0-70 handicap. Jason Hart rode and took three pounds off his back. He wasn’t ideally drawn in stall 4 but after breaking smartly Mr Mo Jo was up the front from the off. At around the two furlong from home maker Mr Mo Jo came under some pressure but responded and appeared to beat off the other horses that he had been contesting the lead with. Inside the final furlong he was joined by two other horses on his outside and try as he might to fend them off he just came off worst in a driving finish to finish 3rd beaten a neck and ½ a length. It was a gallant effort.
Burnhope ran at Ayr on Thursday in the 5 furlong sprint. He was drawn in stall 2 and this really proved to be a hindrance as the whole meeting the sprint races were dominated by horses drawn high. Burnhope had Graham Lee riding and he broke well from the stalls and led his group. Howe haver it was clear from a long way out that the stand side group were in front. Burnhope led his side until the final furlong when he was overtaken but to his credit he kept on really well and was only overtaken again near the line finishing 3rd in his group but overall he fished in midfield. A lot to take from the run but he was beaten by the draw basis.
Ted’s Brother ran at Ayr on Thursday in the 7 furlong handicap and Philip Prince took off 5 pounds. Unfortunately Ted’s Brother missed the break and found himself at the rear of the field through the first part of the race. Ted’s Brother began to make steady headway as the field entered the home straight and at the 2 furlong from home marker looked to have every chance. But at the furlong pole a horse on his inside shot clear of the rest of the field and Ted’s Brother was hard at work and could not respond and stayed on to finish in 6th. The winner was winning by 6 lengths and the second horse ran the following day and won the Bronze Cup.
Eutropius finished our runners off on the first day of the Ayr festival running in the 7 furlong handicap and was ridden by Danny Tudhope. Drawn in the widest stall Danny took a pull from the horse and settled in at the rear of the field. The pace was a good one and turning for home Eutropius was making steady headway. Howe haver inside the final furlong a couple of horse that had raced prominently had a break on Eutropius. Try as he might Eutropius just couldn’t get to the leaders and the finishing line loomed. He flashed past in fourth place beaten a little over a length from a poor draw. A welcome return to form and with a better draw and possibly another furlong he could have gone close to winning.
Gold Show ran at Newcastle on Friday afternoon in the 1 mile two furlong handicap with Kevin Stott taking seven pounds off. Conditions looked perfect with the going described as good/soft and hopes were high after her recent break. From the off Kevin settled Goldie in behind the early leaders who set off at a good pace. Howe haver approaching the home turn the leaders slowed the pace right down and the field grouped up together. Rounding the bend into the home turn the leaders quickened the pace and Kevin angled Goldie out for a run at the two furlong from home marker. Kevin asked Goldie to pick up but there was no real response from her and the leaders kept finding more. Goldie could never get a challenge in. Kevin kept Goldie going but she finished a most disappointing 6th. Unsaddling there didn’t appear to be any excuses and Edwin will keep an eye on her for the next few days to make sure everything is alright. Hopefully a bad day at the office and she can return next time in the form she showed at the beginning of the year.
Ailsa Craig ran at Catterick in the one mile four furlong handicap and Kevin Stott rode but could only take off four pounds due to the light weight. From the stalls Ailsa was squeezed for room and dropped to the rear of the field. She remained there for much of the contest until the home straight when she started to pick up. Inside the final two furlongs Ailsa was beginning to motor and was finishing extremely well but the undulating track and the short home straight doesn’t play to her strengths and try as she might just couldn’t peg back the leaders and finished an unlucky in running 4th. It was another good performance from this likeable mare.
The best is saved to last. He didn’t win but what a magnificent performance from Fast Shot in the Silver Cup at Ayr. Drawn in stall 20 and the ground to his liking for the first time in ages everything looked in his favour. In this ultra competitive handicap with 27 runners you need luck and a brave horse. From the stalls David Allan back riding him again settled Fast Shot towards the rear end of the stand side group. Around two furlongs from home David started pushing as the dash for the line started. Here another horse drifted across Fast Shot and David had to stop riding and pull the horse back and start his run again. Inside the final furlong David was getting Fats Shot back rolling and the gaps appeared, Fast Shot was flying weaving past horses and inside the last 100 yards he was closing the leader who was right against the stand side rail. As they flashed past together Fast Shot had been beaten by a neck. A fantastic effort from the horse picking up valuable prize money for his owners again, and finishing second in the Scottish Stewards Cup and now the Ayr Silver Cup. A great training performance and if only for the interference the result might have been different. He is some horse and was extremely well bought by Niall and Simon when he was rated 51!