Review of Week 10th August – 16th August

On Monday we saw Tabikat Elle run at Ayr in the seven furlong maiden and Joey Haynes took the ride. There was a very short price favourite in the race but it was hoped that Tabikat Elle could go well after performing with some promises on her debut. From the off Joey took a good hold of TKE as the pace being set wasn’t a very strong one and TKE was fighting for her head and refusing to settle properly. They raced in fourth place tracking the early leaders and as the field made the turn into the home straight they were still in a good position to attack if her early exertions hadn’t taken its toll on her. Down the straight Joey was just niggling away to get her competitive and as the field reached the two furlong from home marker Joey asked her to get closer and make an effort. Unfortunately TKE didn’t pick up and Joey was soon losing ground on the leaders and inside the final furlong she got a little tired and Joey allowed her to finish her race off without being hard on her. A disappointing effort on ground that the jockeys described as very tacky and TKE didn’t really appreciate this, she is a lot better than this that’s for sure.

Next up on Monday was Isla Rose who was having her third race and she ran at Thirsk in seven furlong maiden and Duran Fentiman rode. From her good draw close to the rail Duran got Isla Rose out well and they tucked themselves against the rail as the field made their way down the back straight and they were in the front six runners. Rounding the turn that takes the field into the home straight the field were well strung out and Isla Rose was still travelling well in behind the early leaders. Around two furlongs from the finish Duran edged Isla Rose off the rails to get a clearer passage and began to get to work on Isla Rose as the pace quickened. Duran gave the horse a couple of reminders and Isla Rose kept going all the way inside the final furlong and although she didn’t have a chance of winning she finished in sixth place beaten only four and a half lengths running all the way to the line. A much better effort from Isla Rose who has always shaped as she wants at least seven furlongs and possibly a little further in time and she has now been given a handicap mark of 60 and nursery races now beckon.

On Tuesday we saw Mystical Moment head to Carlisle and she ran in the six furlong handicap and Paul Mulrennan rode. MM had been showing some good pace over seven furlongs so we decided to try her over a shorter distance and she wore some cheek pieces to. The draw hadn’t been kind and she was drawn on the wide outside and from the stalls opening Paul was unable to get MM across and they had to settle towards the rear of the field behind the pace that was being set. Paul still had MM traveling nicely and when the field were inside the final furlong and a half there were plenty of horses in with a chance. Paul decided to get the best possible passage for her so he switched MM out to the wide outside. As he did this MM hung wider than expected and Paul had to switch his whip to try and get her straightened up. These manoeuvres took too much time and the leaders had kicked well clear and although MM kept going she could never get in a blow at the leaders and finished in midfield.

Also on Tuesday we saw Memphis Magic run at Nottingham in the one mile two furlong apprentice handicap and Hector Crouch took the ride. This was the horses first run on the flat since November 2013 but after some promising home work he was allowed to take his chance. From the off Memphis Magic was held up towards the rear of the field and the pace being set, as is the norm in these type of events, was a strong one and the field were well stretched out with MM in the last three runners. As the leaders began to slow MM started to make some progress through the field with Hector finding the best possible route through fading horses. As they hit the furlong from home marker Hector gave the horse a couple of reminders and they continued to close towards the leaders. Inside the final hundred yards they couldn’t close anymore and they stayed on to finish in fifth position beaten only three and a half lengths. A good effort from the horses who was given a nice ride and it looks like he could go well again on the flat before possibly returning to hurdles later in the year.

On Thursday we had Blue Maisey running at Beverley in the one mile and half a furlong amateur rider’s handicap and Rachel Taylor rode. Rachel works Maisey every day but was the most inexperienced jockey in the race. From the off the pace was a frantic one being set with a few horses wanting the early lead and Blue Maisey was settled by Rachel towards the rear end of the field and they were quite content to sit off the pace. Down the far side the field were strung out with a good fifteen lengths between first and last places and although at times Rachel had to push Maisey along they still traveled well. Inside the final two furlongs the race was wide open and Rachel and Maisey had closed right up and just sat off the leaders and looked to have a chance to get into the prize money. Howe haver inside the final furlong their effort petered out and they stayed on at the one pace finishing in midfield. An improved effort and this run would have blown away the cobwebs after her throat infection and I am sure we will see some better efforts in her next few runs.

Saturday we had two runners at Ripon where relatives Flying Pursuit and Fast Shot both ran. Flying Pursuit kicked the day off when he ran in the six furlong maiden and David Allan rode. There had been some rain on Friday which had turned the ground official soft which suited both our runners. After five good runs hopes were high that FP could use his experience to good use. Having ran well previously at the track David kicked FP forward as the stalls opened and they took the early lead and David allowed FP to drift across to the stand side rail. FP really was enjoying himself out in front and at the two furlong from home marker with many of his rivals under pressure David sat still and FP with his ears pricked kept rolling along. Hitting the furlong from home marker David began to shake the reigns and FP was now coming under some pressure as two rivals closed in on him. Inside the final half a furlong David gave FP a crack with his whip and immediate the horse responded and kicked a couple of lengths clear and inside the final few yards David had the race in safe keeping and eased FP down at the finish to win by a length and three quarters. A great run and a good decision by all involved to run in this race rather than the nursery at Catterick the previous night. Well done to all his owners and a deserved first win for FP, who with his immature frame, will only get better in time.

Uncle Fast Shot ran two races later and again David Allan rode in the Great St Wilfred Consolation race. Drawn in stall three as the gates opened he joined the group that headed towards the far side of the track. David has reported that the ground was not as soft as described and was more good/soft. It’s always very hard to judge which group is in front when they are split by the width of the course but both group appeared to be virtually level with each other and there was no definite advantage. Fast Shot was buried in mid pack in the far side group and when the race began to unfold just over two furlongs from the finish David already had to work hard on Fast Shot. As the field went inside the final furlong both groups were neck and neck with each other and there was a thrilling finish with horse spread across the course and Fast Shot was now head down battling on and staying on at the finish. Crossing the line Fast Shot finished out of the prize money but stayed all the way to the line and this was a much better effort. Unsaddling David thought a set of blinkers might be worth a try next time.