Review of Week 14th July – 20th July

Penalty Scorer went to Yarmouth on Tuesday and ran in the seven furlong selling nursery and Duilio Da Silva took the ride and took off five pounds. From the stalls Penalty Scorer was hampered and dropped to the rear of the field. She was wearing a first time eye shield and this rather lit her up and Duilio was fighting to get her to settle as the rest of the field made their way up the home straight. Duilio eventually got the horse settled and at the three furlong from home marker Penalty Scorer began to make progress through the field and moved into third place. As the field entered the final furlong Penalty Scorer had moved into a challenging position as the favourite kicked for home. Penalty Scorer tried to go with the favourite but her early exertions took its toll and she could only stay on at the one pace finishing in second place. An improved effort and on that showing there is a definite race to be won with her.

Dodina went to Catterick on Wednesday afternoon and ran in the six furlong seller and Megan Carberry took the ride taking off seven pounds, unfortunately the draw hadn’t been kind and they were drawn out in stall 10. From the off Dodina broke alertly and they contested the strong early pace with a horse drawn nearer the rails. Dodina and the other horse were setting a scorching pace and by the time they turned into the home straight many of their rivals were struggling behind them. At the two furlong from home marker Dodina was getting the wrong end of the dual and the other horse kicked on, Dodina kept up and was still second inside the final furlong but she got very tired and was overtaken by several horses as Megan accepted the situation. A disappointing effort even from her high draw and a return to five furlongs is likely for her next time.

Toolcoolforschool made his debut on Friday in the six furlong maiden and Ben Curtis rode. Slightly slowly away the horse was very green for the first half a furlong before he got the horse settled and back onto the bridle and they started racing properly. Ben had the horse on the outside of the field. Without any cover the horse was very professional and was striding out nicely and moved up through the field and moved into fourth place. As the field hit the two furlongs from home marker the front three horses quickened and Toocoolforschool due to his inexperience  was caught flat footed but he put his head down and began his challenge. The front two horses had got first run and they fought out the finish, whilst in behind Toocoolforschool was really motoring and swept past this horse with Ben only giving the horse a tap with his whip. At the line Toocoolforschool finished third closing on the leaders all the time both of which had a previous run under their belts. A promising introduction and Karl’s horses always come on for the run. He wouldn’t want firm ground.

Fast Shot was due to run atHamiltonon Friday night where Rachel Richardson was due to ride. All the forecasts were that the course would get some rain during the day. Unfortunately no rain hit the course and with the times of the first few races going under standard the ground was very fast. Tim made the decision to withdraw the horses and hopefully he will now run at York next Saturday, again ground permitting.

Fazza went to Ripon on Saturday and ran in the one mile handicap and Kevin Stott rode taking five pounds off. Just after the first rain the heavens opened and the rain was heavy and non stop for the hour before Fazza’s race making the ground soft by the time his race was run.  From the stalls the pace was strong and having been drawn out wide Kevin allowed Fazza to bowl along at the rear of the eight strong field as the rain poured down. As the field made their way up the straight between the four and three pole Kevin edged the horse out from the rail to the outside of the field and here Fazza and the favourite began to make progress towards to he leader. Fazza and the favourite were travelling nicely and as the field hit the furlong from home marker Fazza and the favourite set down for a battle to the line.  Fazza game as ever was trying his hardest but inside the final furlong the favourite went a good length and a half ahead. Howe haver Fazza never lies down and rallied, towards the line he was closing with every stride. At the line Fazza was joined by another fast finishing horse and unfortunately was beaten in a photo finish for second place. Fazza was beaten half a length and a nose. Another tremendous effort from this tough horse.

Piceno was due to run at Newmarket’s July Course on Saturday where Matthew Hopkins was going to ride but again because of none of the forecast rain arriving and the ground being very firm he was withdrawn, there are plenty of races coming up for him.

Millar Rose was due to run at Haydock on Saturday in the five furlong nursery where Ben Curtis was going to ride and could you believe that she was withdrawn as the rain had arrived and made the ground soft when she wanted fast ground, a very frustrating couple of days due to the unpredictability of the British weather.

Nelsons Bay ran at Redcar on Sunday in the one mile one furlong handicap and Graham Lee rode. From the stalls the plan was to get a handy position howe haver being drawn out wide it wasn’t going to be an easy task. Graham got a good break and made forward progress but as the field turned out of the back straight he was in midfield stuck on the wide outside of the field. The horse was pushed slightly wide rounding the turn and as the field straightened for home Nelson’s Bay had a good position on the outside of the field. The sprint for home begun early and around two and a half furlongs out Graham got serious with the horse to keep their position and try and move closer to the leaders. Howe haver there was only a limited response and Nelson’s Bay was soon dropping back towards the rear of the field and at the furlong from home pole Graham took things easy and allowed the horse to finish in his own time.