Review of the week 21st – 27th October
Burnhope ran on Tuesday at Lingfield in the five furlong 0-65 handicap where Luke Morris rode, he was drawn in stall 8 which isn’t ideal. Burnhope missed the break and from there on in it was always going to be an impossible task. Luke Morris tried to get Burnhope competitive but on the tight turns and from the back of the field it was too much. Burnhope made some slight headway in the straight but wasn’t given a hard race and Luke suggested getting him out again quickly as he felt good but the race was over before it really began for him.
Fast Shot ran on Friday at Doncaster in the six furlong 0-105 handicap sprint and David Allan rode. He was drawn in stall 7 and the going was soft. From the stalls David dropped Fast Shot towards the rear of the field on the far side. As the race unfolded David and Fast Shot begun to make headway but it appeared the leaders were positioned more towards the stand side away from Fast Shot. Fast Shot began to cut through the field and just as he tried to make a run he was stopped in his progress and David had to stop riding. The leaders on the nearside had gone beyond recall but Fast Shot got some space and ran on. He moved past horses finishing six. He finished second on his side of the track. He ran another solid run on ground that he likes but in these types of races you need everything to fall right.
Ailsa Craig also ran at Doncaster in the one mile 2 furlong 0-75 handicap for amateur riders and Jamie Hamilton rode. After her fine season it was always going to be hard as the handicapper had raised her for her two wins. From the start Ailsa was settled towards the middle of the field. Turning for home Jamie tried to get Ailsa rolling but on ground that was too soft for her she just couldn’t get anywhere near the leaders and Jamie wisely just kept her going, and she finished in midfield.
Angels Calling finished Friday’s runners off by running at Wolverhampton in the 7 furlong 0-60 handicap and Brian Treanor rode taking 7 pounds off. Angels slightly missed the break and was cut across and was shuffled back into the rear of the field. Angels made some progress down the far side of the course but turning for home it was obvious Angels was not going to get competitive and was allowed to finish in her own time.