Review of Week 22nd September – 28th September

Harry Bosch made his debut in the Ontoawinner colours after his registration went through in time. He was ridden by Keely-Jo Philips in the seven furlong apprentice handicap and this was Keelys first ever ride in public. From the off Keely got Harry out in good style and they were quickly in the front rank of runners down the centre of the course. Around two furlongs out it looked as if Harry was in front and we could be celebrating another winner, howe haver at the one furlong from home marker Harry was joined and past on both sides and although he tried all the way to the line he had to settle for third place on his debut for Ontoawinner. A good start for the horse and given more preferable conditions he looks like he is a winner waiting to happen. He will run on the turf and then on the all weather so plenty of chances to go racing with him.

Penalty Scorer ran at Nottinghamon Tuesday in the five furlong seller and Neil Farley rode. Richard had decided to leave off all the head gear that the horse had worn previously and just like when he did the same to Teds Brother the horse put in a much improved performance. From the stalls the horse settled a lot better than in her previous races and she was tracking the early pace being set. Penalty Scorer was travelling nicely and just at the furlong from home marker she took up the running with only the favourite who was finishing with a rattle as the only danger. As most readers will know the camera angle at Nottingham is positioned behind the winning line and when Penalty Scorer was still in front as the camera angle changed it looked like Penalty Scorer had won her first race, howe haver as the camera angle changed Penalty Scorer was joined on the winning line by the favourite. A photo finish was called and unfortunately Penalty Scorer was beaten a short head into second place. Racing UK apologised that the camera angle had been changed for that race for technical reasons but an improved effort from this tough little horse.

Teds Brother and Heavenly River were both due to run at Newcastle and Nottingham respectively on Tuesday but due to the firm going at both tracks both horses did not run. There are races for both of them this week.

Blue Maisey ran at Beverley on Tuesday in the one mile and half a furlong handicap and Kevin Stott rode taking five pounds off. Maisey was drawn out in stall eleven and it was always going to be difficult to get a decent position from the draw and as the stalls opened Kevin took a pull and tried to get Maisey over towards the rail in behind runners. Howe haver the horse on her inside wasn’t playing ball and forced Kevin to keep Maisey on the outside as the rest for the field went off at a very brisk gallop. The field were tanking down the back straight and as the field approached the turn into the home straight Maisey was a good ten lengths behind the back of the field and even turning in she was slightly hampered by a horse who was struggling at the rear of the field. As the front of the field were heading towards the final two furlongs the frantic pace was beginning to takes its toll and the field were bunching together. It was at this point that Kevin pulled Maisey to the outside and they began to close on the rest of the field. As the commentator in his commentary stated that Blue Maisey had come from out of the clouds and was making headway and inside the final half furlong under a strong drive she took up the running and quickened nicely to put a good couple of lengths between herself and the rest of the field as they won going away. A great effort from both horse and rider to be so far behind, and a good training performance from Edwin to get the horse back to her best after her injury earlier in the season.

Yourartisonfire ran at Haydock on Friday in the one mile handicap and Joey Haynes rode. With the horses excellent record at the track hopes were high although his draw could have been better. From the off just like his previous run YAIOF was very lazy getting away from the stalls and Joey had to get to work on the horse for him to get into stride. Unlike his previous run where he made up the ground, this time YAIOF was never travelling and Joey even had to resort to an early reminder with his whip to the horse. Rounding the bend into the home straight YAIOF was still some way adrift from the rest of the runners and Joey was trying to get the horse moving forward and closer to the rest of the field but over three furlongs out Joey accepted the situation and stood up in his irons and allowed the horse to finish a distant last. Unsaddling it was clear that the horse had lost a front shoe and was very sore on this hoof. A disappointing effort but at least there was an explanation for his lacklustre run.

Frontline Phantom ran at Haydock on Friday in the one mile two furlong apprentice handicap and his usual jockey Peter Sword took the ride. The draw had also been unkind to Frontline and he was drawn in stall 15 on the wide outside. There were some doubts regarding the ground as the course had watered in the days before racing and then with some showers that fell the ground was on the slow side of good. As the field went down the far side Frontline and Peter were positioned in third place on the outside of the field but as the  field neared the turned out of the back straight and into the long home straight they had drifted slightly back into midfield. As the large field charged down the home straight Frontline was still in with a shout two furlongs from home when Peter started to get to work on the old fella, the horse got slightly boxed in and although he was still going forward he didn’t have a finishing kick to be in the prize money and they stayed on at the one pace to finish in midfield.

Little Lady Katie ran atNewmarketon Saturday in the seven furlong nursery and Jim Crowley rode. LLK broke well and from the off and she was in a line of three runners disputing the early pace which did not seem very strong. As the race continued LLK just dropped off the two horses that went on and as the field hit the three furlongs from home marker the leaders kicked for home. LLK was under driving from Jim and she stayed chasing the leaders howe haver as the field hit the dip and then began to climb towards the finishing line LLK had nothing else to give. She kept plugging on but she stayed in midfield making no impression on the leaders and ended up finishing in seventh place. A slightly disappointing run from the filly, on ground that was on the quick side for her in a race that turned into a sprint which possibly didn’t suit.

Penalty Scorer ran at Musselburgh on Sunday in the five furlong nursery and Neil Farley rode after their good effort on Tuesday. Breaking from the stalls Neil allowed another horse to come across them and they were happy to track the early speed. At the two furlong from home marker Neil angled Penalty Scorer out to get a run and they were in the front rank and were looking dangerous, howe haver inside the final furlong the horse just began to drop away from the leaders and had to settle for a midfield position. A good effort again from this busy girl.