Review of Week 9th – 15th June
Penalty Scorer was due to run at Beverley on Tuesday but due to the overnight rain she was withdrawn with the intention of running at Musselburgh on Saturday where better ground was forecast !!
Ted’s Brother ran at Beverley in the one mile ½ furlong handicap and Robert Winston rode. From the stalls Ted’s Brother was settled in fourth place on the rail tracking the early leaders. Robert was quite happy with Ted’s Brother as they made their way down the back straight and turning the sharp bend for home Ted’s Brother was still on the bridle. As the leaders got to the three furlong from home marker the pace quickened and Robert was trying to angle the horse out for a clear run. Try as he might he was penned in for a good few strides. Robert persisted with trying to get Ted’s Brother out for a clear run and managed to manoeuvre his way out and as the leaders hit the furlong from home marker Ted’s Brother was in the clear and trying to attack the leaders and he moved into third place behind the early leaders who were still in front. Momentarily Ted’s Brother began to close the gap between himself and the leaders but inside the final half a furlong Ted’s Brother couldn’t get any closer and in the run to the line he was overtaken and finished a gallant fourth place. Another consistent run, he could do with some assistance from the handicapper by being dropped a few pounds to give him a better chance of winning.
Burnhope ran at Nottingham on Thursday in the six furlong 0-55 handicap and Luke Morris rode. From the stalls Burnhope broke well as the field packed together down the centre of the course with Burnhope in third place tracking the early speed. Burnhope was still travelling Ok until the leaders increased the pace and kicked for home. Burnhope was caught out by this, Luke soon had to get serious pushing and shoving away and giving the horse a wake up call with his stick. Burnhope had no injection of pace and was soon dropping back through the field. Luke accepting the situation stood up in his irons and let the horse come home in his own time.
Saturday was a busy day with lots of owners going racing on a glorious day with our horses running all over the UK. Penalty Scorer started the day off by running in the five furlong maiden at Musselburgh and was ridden by Neil Farley who took 3lbs off. The horse was due to run at Beverley on Tuesday but due to overnight rain she was pulled out of the race as she required decent ground. Typically enough the only racecourse to get rain before racing on Saturday was Musselburgh with the ground on the soft side before racing. With only five runners she was allowed to take her chance and after an awkward exit from the stalls she soon got into the lead and was setting a good pace and had a couple of her rivals including the hot favourite in trouble. At the furlong form home marker Penalty Scorer was attacked on her outside by two rivals who soon went past her. The horse kept going but got very tired inside the final 100 yards and was passed in the shadows of the post by the favourite so ending up in 4th position. Given decent ground and a less competitive race I am sure Penalty Scorer will be winning her races but unfortunately Saturday was scuppered by the great British weather.
Ticking Katie went to Sandown for the seven furlong 0-95 handicap and Robbie Fitzpatrick rode taking 7lbs off and they were drawn on the outside in stall 11. Ticking Katie broke well but due to her bad draw Robbie had to stay out wide of the field and edge over as field grouped towards the rail. As the field approached their one and only turn Ticking Katie was in fourth place on the outside of the pack. As the field straightened for home Ticking Katie had moved up into third place and had a clear passage in front of her and began to move up towards the leaders. Many of the runners behind her were under pressure and at the two furlong form home marker there were three horses in a line and Ticking Katie looked to be going best of them all. Robbie settled down to drive for the line and Katie got into full speed. Well inside the final furlong all three of these horses had a chance of winning and it was only deep inside the final furlong Katie dropped off the other two horses but she kept galloping all the way to the line finishing in third place. It was a welcome return to form from Katie who was consistent last year and an excellent ride from young Robbie.
Fazza ran at York in the one mile one furlong 0-80 handicap and James Sullivan rode and they were drawn wide in stall 14. From the stalls the pace was a good one and James had to settle Fazza on the outside of the field as the field thundered towards the turn out of the home straight. As the field rounded the turn Fazza was disputing second from last place and was a good ten lengths behind the leaders who were making their way home. As the field spread right across the course James brought Fazza towards the stand side rail and begun making headway and were now passing rivals one by one as the leaders began to come back to the horses who were finishing fast. Just as Fazza was getting into full stride James angled for a run towards the rail but he was stopped in his tracks as a horse came across them and he had to switch inside this rival. Fazza again began galloping towards the leaders and was finishing best of all as the winning line came too soon with him finishing in 5th place beaten just over a length. A great effort in a fiercely competitive York handicap, he will surely be winning again soon.
Piceno ran at Chester in the 0-85 seven ½ furlong handicap and Matthew Hopkins rode taking 7lbs off and the horse had a good draw in stall four. Piceno broke well from the stalls and was setting a decent pace and he was a good couple of lengths clear after the first three furlongs and had the field well stretched out behind him. Rounding the long turn for home Piceno was joined by his nearest pursuer who came up along side. Matthew kicked Piceno on again and these two horse began having a great battle as they charged down the home straight. Piceno was showing his tremendous battling qualities and just wouldn’t be past by this challenger, unfortunately the well handicapped favourite got a dream run up the inside and swooped past Piceno on his inside before Piceno had no time to respond. Piceno howe haver stuck his neck out and held on for a fantastic 2nd place in a photo finish. It was a great effort from this loveable gutsy horse that always tries and gives his best.