Review of Week 11th May – 17th May
Heavenly River was the first runner of the week when she went to Doncaster and ran in the one mile two furlong handicap and Jordan Vaughan rode taking five pounds off and they were drawn in stall three. Jumping out from the stalls Heavenly River was cut across which caused her to have to be pulled back by Jordan and they found themselves at the rear of the field. Jordan allowed Heavenly River to find her feet and as the field made their way down the far side of the track Heavenly was still towards the rear of the field. Down the home straight Jordan began to push away at Heavenly to try and get her competitive and as he went for maximum effort around two furlongs from home Jordan went to change hands and the whip slipped out of his hands and it dropped to the ground. Jordan kept pushing away but Heavenly just kept galloping on at the same speed and could never get towards the leaders. She finished towards the rear and it goes down as a disappointing effort considering how well she ran first time up this year.
Flying Pursuit made his debut at Beverley on Tuesday under David Allen in the five furlong maiden and they were drawn in stall four. Down at the start the stalls handlers were having trouble getting Flying Pursuit into the stalls and the horse was getting a little worked up by the whole process. With lots of persuasion Flying Pursuit went into the stalls and as the stalls opened he jumped out and shifted to his right towards the far side rail. David allowed the horse to get balanced and allowed a few horses to go ahead of them. David was intermittently looking down as the field made their down the track. As the race began to take shape David was trying to look for a passage around another directly in front of them who was under pressure. David had to sit until he managed to get Flying Pursuit around this horse and now they had a clear run for home. Whilst he was carrying out this manoeuvre the leaders had kicked clear. David without resorting to the whip pushed Flying Pursuit who was beginning to get the hang of things late on and they stayed on all the way to the line finishing in seventh position but showing lots of promise. Unsaddling David said the horse got spooked going into the stalls first time as the stalls handler ducked down sharply and upset the horse. Leaving the stalls David said the horse just got very unbalanced and awkward and that was why he was looking down but once he found his stride he gave him a nice feel on his first day at school.
Wednesday it was off to York with three runners taking their chance on the Knavesmire, where the ground dried up and was officially good going at the start of the meeting. Fast Shot was up first when he ran in the six furlong 0-105 handicap and Rachel Richardson rode and they came out of stall seven. From the off the field spilt in two groups with Fast Shot in the far side group where Rachel got Fast Shot tucked away towards the middle of that group. As the field hurtled down the home straight the two groups slowly merged together but with a good two furlongs to run Rachel was already having to get to work on Fast Shot pushing and shoving him along. With the drying ground a negative and the track suiting speed horses Fast Shot was always on the back foot and Rachel could never get him competitive. To his credit the horse kept on all the way to the line and was only beaten just over seven lengths at the finish, hopefully the handicapper will be kind and drop the horse a pound or two for this effort.
Sakhee’s Return and Little Lady Katie locked horns again in the seven furlong 0-95 handicap. Sakhee’s Return had Andrew Mullen aboard and they were drawn out on the wing in stall seventeen, whilst LLK had Ben Curtis riding and they were drawn in stall eleven. From the off LLK missed the break and stumbled slightly leaving the stalls, whilst Sakhee’s Return was out well and Andrew was keen to get a good position and pushed Sakhee’s Return forward. As the field turned and made their way down the home straight Sakhee’s Return was settled in third place and travelling well, whilst still at the rear Ben was having to drive and was working hard on LLK. Just over a furlong out Sakhee’s was just about in front when he was quickly joined and passed by the eventually winner whilst still at the rear LLK was beginning to stay on. Inside the final furlong Sakhee’s was trying hard and just getting tired started to drift across towards the far rail whilst LLK was passing horses and weaving her way through the field. Sakhee’s was just passed in the final few yards finishing an excellent third, whilst LLK finished in seventh place gaining all the time on the horses in front and was beaten only five lengths. LLK I am sure will be stepped up to a mile after that great finishing burst whilst Sakhee’s has ran another good race and is improving with every run, there is lots to looked forward to with both of these three year olds.
On Thursday Yourartisonfire ran in the one mile 0-105 handicap which was classed as a listed race. Joey Haynes rode and they were drawn out wide in stall sixteen. From the break as is the norm leaving the stalls YAIOF had to be rousted along to get a prominent positron. Howe haver being drawn out so wide and in such a competitive race the pace was a strong one and try as hard as he could Joey could not get YAIOF across to get a stalking positon just in behind the leaders that the horse likes. Rounding the bend into the home straight Joey was stuck out wide on the horse and they had to cover extra ground until the field entered the home straight. Joey was pushing along trying to get YAIOF forward and they made some progress but this effort began to take its toll inside the final two furlongs and seeing that they had no chance in getting into the frame Joey eased the horse and they finished in their own time towards the rear of the field.