Review of Week 2nd November – 8th November
Mystical Moment ran in our colours for the final time at Redcar on Tuesday. We knew the ground would be too soft but it offered a day out and a shot in the dark. She struggled to land a blow on the very soft ground and the well bred mare will have opportunities now for another trainer or as a broodmare.
Piceno made a quick reappearance after his run on Saturday and went to Southwell on Tuesday afternoon running in the seven furlong handicap and Kieran O’Neill rode. Pi is such a quick horse out of the stalls and again was sharp away and came across to the rail. Down the back straight Pi was setting a good pace. Down the home straight the leader, Llewellyn, kicked for home and had many of the field in trouble and although Pi was under pressure he was staying on in second place. Although the winner went three lengths clear it looked for much of the race that Pi would be his only challenger. Hitting the final furlong Pi had closed the gap to just over a length and it looked possible he would get involved and challenge for the win. Howe haver inside the final half a furlong the leader went clear again and with Pi getting tired a couple of horses were finishing fast and in the shadows of the post he was overtaken for second place. Pi will be running over the winter and must surely get his head in front sometime soon.
Our last runner on the grass for the flat season was Flying Pursuit when he went to Doncaster on Saturday and ran in the six furlong nursery with David Allan riding. With plenty of rain around he looked to have a good chance on paper. From the off the pace looked a strong one for the conditions and with FP not able to lead David tucked him in behind the pace setter into joint second place. Inside the final three furlongs several horses were being pushed along and David wad niggling away to keep FP in a good positon. Hitting the two furlong from home marker David gave FP a slap with his whip and FP responded and went into the lead by a length as the dash for home started. Inside the final furlong David and FP where hard at work as two challengers appeared just behind them. David and FP were trying their hardest and keeping them at bay until fifty yards from the finish FP was getting tired in the conditions and the other two horses closed and now the win was in the balance. Inside the final few yards FP stuck his neck out and with great guts and determination wouldn’t be denied another win. Crossing the line FP held on by a neck and a short head. A great way to finish off the season for FP who has improved with racing and his last three runs have been personal bests. There is plenty to look forward to for next year with this improving horse.