Review of Week 14th – 20th April

Fast Shot got the week off to a flying start in the six furlong 0-100 handicap with Rachel Richardson doing a fine job in the saddle. It was well documented that putting Rachel up to ride was an experiment to see whether horse and jockey clicked in this ultra competitive handicap. And the fact Rachel could take seven pounds off the horse’s back ultimately proved invaluable. Fast Shot broke well from stall three and Rachel allowed the horse to sit in fourth place tracking the very fast early pace. The horse was travelling very nicely and appeared to be really enjoying himself. Rachel kept her cool on the inside and remained there as the leaders, still setting the pace, turned into the home straight. As the field approached the final furlong Rachel begun to shake the reigns at Fast Shot and asked him to make a move. Just as she did so a gap appeared and Fast Shot did not need an invitation and shot through the gap. Rachel was pushing and shoving as Fast Shot took the lead but was immediately attacked on his outer by another fast finishing horse as the pace makers dropped away. Rachel kept Fast Shot up to his work without having to resort to the whip and Fast Shot stuck his neck out and wouldn’t be denied in a driving finish. Rachel was obviously delighted riding her biggest win to date and don’t you love it when an experiment comes off. Well done to all his owners for taking and supporting the risk and landing very good prize money.

Mitchells Way went to Carlisle on Saturday in the two mile four furlong novice chase with Alain Cawley taking the ride. Mitchells Way had to carry ten pounds more than anything else in the race due to his wins earlier in the season. The ground had dried up dramatically and the course called the going good/firm. Mitchells Way jumped off at the rear of the field and throughout the first part of the race was always at least ten lengths off the early leader. Mitchells Way’s cause wasn’t helped by some less than accurate jumping and lost ground at a few of the early fences. Going out onto the final circuit Alain was already niggling away at Mitchells to try and get the horse closer to the good pace that was being set by the leader. Down the far side Mitchells again made a couple of errors and was still a good ten lengths behind the leader as they turned to face the climb for home with the final four fences in sight. To his great credit Mitchells and the second horse begun to close on the leader but a mistake three fences from home again cost him a couple of lengths and momentum. Mitchell’s then begun to rally as they approached the final fence and was only three lengths behind the new leader. With great determination Mitchells kept galloping and closed but it just wasn’t enough and he went down by a little over a length. Unsaddling Alain said the horse was never travelling on the fast ground and made several mistakes. He said the horse tried all the way to the line but the mistakes just took their toll on his finishing effort.