Review of Week 9th November – 15th November

Vodka Red again kicked off this week’s runners when he ran on Tuesday at Sedgefield in the two mile handicap hurdle and Peter Buchanan rode. Jumping off towards the rear of the field VR was nicely settled and jumped his hurdles really well and as the field began their final circuit VR and Peter was sitting in midfield as the field began to stretch out. Racing down the far side of the course VR’s jumping was slick and as the field climbed the hill VR was still travelling nicely in Peters hands and they closed on the leaders in front. At the top of the hill it looked like VR would be involved in the placings and could fight out the finish but as the field began to make their way down the hill VR just started to falter and the leaders kicked away again. Peter accepting the situation got VR over the final two hurdles and they finished the race towards the rear but a completion never the less. The final placings don’t reflect how well VR ran and it was another step forward after his serious injury.

On Thursday we had three runners, two at Southwell and one at Chelmsford. First up were our two Southwell runners. Carbutt’s Ridge ran in the one mile nursery handicap over a mile and Dougie Costello rode. As with all his races to date Carbutts isn’t the greatest of starters and leaving the stalls he was last away and this immediately put him on the back foot. Down the back straight Carbutt’s was in last place and having to be ridden along by Dougie to stay in touch but even this saw the horse a good three lengths behind the last runner in the pack ahead. Dougie was certainly earning his riding fee and he was pushing and urging CR along. Rounding the turn with the leaders well ahead CR got himself attached to the rear of the field and just over three furlongs out CR began to pass a couple of rivals. Turning into the straight the leaders up ahead had kicked a few lengths clear but CR on the deep sand was passing rivals and he was staying on under Dougie’s driving. Inside the final quarter mile CR was now moving through the field and he moved into third place and although never getting to the winner or second he finished in third place with him doing all his best work at the finish. A much improved effort and staying looks his game.

Next up was Piceno who ran in the one mile handicap and Tim Clark rode. Breaking well from the stall Tim got Pi into a prominent position with a horse just on their outside keen to lead. Down the back straight this horse cut across Pi. Although not impeding him he took his inside line and Pi had to settle behind him. Rounding the turn out of the back straight Pi was on the inside in joint third place. Rounding this turn and into the home straight Pi and three other horses had kicked clear and were a good few lengths clear of the rest of the field. Down the home straight Pi was being driven hard by Tim as the other horses went on. Pi kept on galloping but just at the same pace as the horses in front fought out the finish. It goes down as an ordinary effort.

Yeeoow was last up when he ran in the six furlong handicap at Chelmsford and Dougie Costello rode. Yeeoow was carrying joint top weight in this tight handicap. Breaking well from the stalls Yeeoow and Dougie allowed a couple of other rivals to go in front of them and they settled in midfield tracking the early speed. As the field began to make their way inside the final two furlongs Yeeoow was just starting to drop back and Dougie had to get to work on him to keep in contention. Rounding into the home straight there were many chances and Yeeoow was now under maximum pressure. Inside the final furlong the horse had no more to give and weakened inside the final hundred yards and finished towards the rear in a bunch finish