Review of Week 6th July – 12th July

Teds Brother kicked off the week’s runners when he went to Ayr and ran in the seven furlong apprentice handicap and Rob Horny rode taking three pounds off. From the off Rob settled Teds Brother in the rear third of the field as usual. The field were strung out as the leader was setting a good pace at the head of affairs. Turning into the straight the leader kicked over three furlongs from the finishing and immediate had a lot of the other runners in trouble and Rob had to get to work on Teds Brother to try and make some headway. Inside the final couple of furlongs Teds Brother was making headway but the leader had gone beyond recall and although Teds Brother kept going all the way to the line he ended up finishing in sixth position. It was a fair effort over a trip just a little short of his best nowadays.

Wednesday afternoon saw Flying Pursuit and Mystical Moment both head to Catterick. Flying Pursuit was up first and he ran in the opening race, a six furlong nursery and he was ridden by David Allan. Flying Pursuit was still a tad babyish in the parade ring looking about and not fully settling. There were only three runners in the race but all had shown a level of ability and Flying Pursuit was receiving weight from his other two rivals. From the off David sent Flying Purist forward and into the lead as the three runners headed down the far side of the course. As Flying Pursuit led the other two runners down the undulating home straight David kicked Flying Pursuit in the belly and he soon had the Mark Johnston runner pushing along and in trouble to keep up. At this point the favourite who was following Flying Pursuit was angled out by her jockey. David had again asked Flying Pursuit for more effort and the horse responded and went a couple of lengths clear. Howe haver inside the final furlong the favourite showed a good turn of foot and closed the gap on Flying Pursuit who was trying his hardest and just in the shadows of the post the favourite joined and then passed him. Flying Pursuit had to settle for a brave second place against a horse that connections think quite a lot of. An excellent run from Flying Pursuit who unfortunately just seems to be running into some very nice horses, his time will come.

Mystical Moment ran later in the same card in the seven furlong handicap and Fergal Lynch rode. By this time in the afternoon the rain was starting to get into the ground which ultimately cost Mystical Moment finishing closer to the winner. From the off MM jumped out smartly and Fergal settled MM in second place tracking the early leader down the far side. As the leader began to take the turn for home MM just had to be pushed along to keep up and many of her rivals in behind were also being pushed along as the leader was settling a very fast gallop. Down the home straight MM despite being under pressure was responding and just over a furlong from home she was slightly interfered with as another horse bumped into her. To her credit MM kept going all the way to the line as the leader began to get tired. MM herself was also being closed down as she started to get a little tired but she kept going and stuck out her neck to finish in third place. Another solid run from MM who on better ground would have gone very close to winning this race, a return to better ground should hopefully see her go close to winning next time out.

Sakhees Return finished our week’s runners off when he went to York and ran in the seven furlong apprentice handicap (the race that Ticking Katie had won last year) and Rachel Richardson rode. The horse looked fit and well in the parade ring and by the time he entered the stalls he had got a little sweaty around his neck due to the warm weather which had dried the ground up a touch. From the off Rachel jumped Sakhees Return out smartly and she took a pull on the horse and allowed a couple of horses to go past her whilst she got a nice tow into the race. As the field swung round the bend into the home straight SR was in third position on the heels of the leaders travelling nicely. Around two furlongs from home Rachel allowed SR to stride forward and joined the two horses that had been in front of them and they were now contesting the lead. Rachel at this point shook her reigns and asked SR to pick up and to go forward into the lead. SR surged forward into the lead which soon become a couple of lengths advantage. Inside the final furlong SR just started to drift towards the far side rail as several horses came out from the pack to challenge him. Inside the final hundred yards Rachel kept Sakhee’s going and although another horse got to within three quarters of a length just before the line Sakhees pricked his ears and held on well. Another great run and win from the SR who has improved with every run this year and records another success for his owners, well done to all involved.