Review of Week 12th October– 18th October
A relatively quiet week as the flat season begins to come to a close. First up this week was Quadriga who went to Wolverhampton on Tuesday night and ran in the seven furlong handicap with Jimmy Quinn taking the mount. From the stalls opening Quadriga was a little unorganised and the horse inside of him cut across his path and Jimmy had to take a pull allowing Quadriga to settle against the rail in around sixth place. Down the back straight Jimmy was sat with a wall of horses in front of him but Quadriga was travelling well. In between the three furlong and two furlong from home marker Jimmy just began to niggle away and as the field turned into the short home straight Jimmy allowed Quadriga to drift off the rail as he looked for some room to try and make some progress. Under a right hand drive Quadriga came under some pressure as Jimmy got to work. Inside the final furlong Quadriga could not make any progress but stayed on at the same pace to finish the race in midfield. It was a solid effort from the horse over a distance that was a little short for him.
Friday saw us have two runners, Oceanella was up first when she ran at Haydock in the six furlong maiden and Dougie Costello rode. Breaking a little slowly from the stalls Dougie allowed Oceanella to find her feet and he settled her towards the rear end of the main group of runners. Down the straight Oceanella at times was just over racing and was a tad keen with Dougie trying to keep her covered up behind horses. Inside the final two furlongs Dougie allowed Oceanella to drift in behind the wall of horses as he looked to get a passage through them. The leaders and eventual winner who had raced prominately kicked for home and Oceanella was left with a lot of ground to make up. Inside the final furlong Dougie got Oceanella rolling and she put her head down and stayed on in a pleasing fashion all the way to the line finishing in seventh place but doing all her best work at the end. She has now had three runs and it will be interesting to see what mark the handicapper gives her.
Second up on Friday was Blue Maisey who went to Redcar and ran in the seven furlong handicap and Josh Doyle rode taking seven pounds off. There had been some rain around and the ground was described as soft which unfortuneatly was not what we wanted for her but with limited races around we allowed Maisey to take her chance. Missing the break Maisey found herself towards the back end of the field as the runners made their way down the home straight. Hitting the two furlong from home marker Maisey came under a drive from Josh but with the soft ground and a poor start Maisey started to drift back through the field and inside the final furlong Josh allowed Maisey to finish the race in her own time.
Saturday saw Memphis Magic go to Stratford and he ran in the two mile selling hurdle and James Banks took the ride taking three pounds off. The odds on jolly was taken out during the morning and MM went off second favourite. Having been a bit reluctant to jump off, James got the horse up to the front as they jumped the first hurdle. In between the first two flights MM took up the running but a slow jump at the second flight saw MM taken on for the lead and they dropped back into second place as the field went past the wining post for the first time. Down the side of the course MM jumped this flight of hurdles rather shabbily and James was soon at work on the horse giving him a crack with the whip. Down the back straight for the final time James was hard at work now on MM who with his head hanging to one side looked very uncooperative. Jumping the second last MM was passed by a couple of other horses and he was well beaten off as the field made their way into the home straight and with no chance, James allowed the horse to jump the final flight of hurdles and finish at the rear of the field. A disappointing effort from the horse that looked to have a good chance on paper.