Review of Week 8th September – 14th September

Blue Maisey ran at Redcar on Tuesday in the seven furlong apprentice handicap and Connor Beasley rode. The horse had been slightly disappointing in her come back run from injury but she had been working well and hopes were high for a decent showing. Maisey was a little tardy from the break and lost a length. She found herself at the rear of the field and was a good way adrift from the early leaders and things didn’t look promising when Connor had to get busy on the horse at a fairly early stage. Maisey to her credit didn’t lose anymore ground and as the field approached the two furlong from home marker Connor switched Maisey towards the stand side to get a run as some of the early pace setters began to tire. Inside the final furlong Maisey was at work whilst another rival still was hard on the bridle, howe haver as the line approached Maisey with all her guts was getting on top of the argument as the other horse found nothing coming under pressure, just then a fast finishing course specialist stormed in between Maisey and the other horse and in the shadows of the post nabbed Maisey on the line. Maisey finished a gallant second but a welcome return to form nevertheless. This was only her third run of the season having had the setback and she still is a fresh horse compared to a lot of horses that have been on the go all season, hopefully there is a win just round the corner for her.

Little Lady Katie ran at Doncaster on Thursday in the six and a half furlong handicap and Joey Haynes rode taking three pounds off. This was the same race that Ticking Katie came second in last year. LLK broke well from the stalls and Joey had her positioned in behind the leaders on the outside of the filed in the second wave of runners. LLK continued to travel well during the race and Joey was still travelling well when the pace quickened and a line of four horses kicked for home two furlongs out. Joey got to work on LLK and she was still in contention inside the final furlong and as other rivals faded LLK was storming home. LLK was doing all her best work inside the final half a furlong and was closing in on the leader who had been front rank for the entire race. At the line LLK finished in third place beaten only half a length with a gap back to the fourth placed finisher. A great effort form LLK staying all the way to the line and in another half a furlong it could have been a different result in our favour. This horse has improved massively from her first run and is still improving with lots more to come. The race winner is going to have a go at black type company and it bodes well for our filly once stepped back up in trip. We have two nice Katies on our hands now!

Ticking Katie was due to run at Doncaster on Wednesday but due to her being not right on the morning of the race she was withdrawn, there are plenty of races coming up for her. A crack at black type, even placed, will be on this week’s discussion points for us and Karl.

Toocoolforschool ran at Doncaster on Friday in the seven furlong listed stakes and Ben Curtis rode. From the start the field headed down the centre of the racecourse and TCFS settled better than at York and he tracked the early pace being set by a Mark Johnston runner. The placings during the race did not change and Ben was happy on TCFS as they edged closer to the leader and as the field entered the two furlong from home marker Ben pushed TCFS forward and just over a furlong from home they took the lead. The favourite who cost £240k was soon in trouble but a horse that had finished 4th on its debut at Royal Ascot and had won its maiden through down a challenge. TCFS and this horse had the race between them and as TCFS’s challenger edged towards him the pair drifted across the course. TCFS was fighting all the way but inside the final 75 yards the other horse got on top and although that horse jinked as it approached the line we still had to settle for 2nd. Another fantastic effort from TCFS running against high class opposition, again showing there is a big race to be won with him. He’s a fantastic prospect and a fantastic purchase. It’s difficult to know what company we are keeping, but we’re sure we are capable of landing a Group 3 race. It will be steady away with him, we’ll look for another race or two this season but he won’t be hammered weekly to chase status or prizes, he’s a nice horse to look after.

Sakhee’s Return ran at Doncaster on Saturday in the one mile nursery and Duran Fentiman rode. From the off Duran settled Sakhee’s Return towards the rear of the field and the field were taken along at a decent pace. The pace was unrelenting and around three furlongs from home the leaders kicked again and had lots of the field in trouble. Duran was soon at work on Sakhee’s and a group of five horses kicked away from the rest of the field. Sakhee’s Return had no response to this. Duran kept the horse up to his work without being hard on him and they kept going to finish in sixth position beaten some way by the group in front. It looked a decent Class 2 nursery on paper and this might be the last time we see the horse till next year when with a good winter behind him we will see him fill his large frame and strengthen up into the decent three year old.

Yourartisonfire was due to run at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon but after Karl’s horse in the first race suffered an injury Karl was not happy with the state of the ground and he didn’t want to risk YAIOF so he will be kept for other races later in the season. There is a race at Haydock in a fortnight.