Haydock Park,Saturday 28th September 2013

My last turf flat meeting of the year which began back in May at Hamilton Park on the bank holiday weekend which included a lovely ride on the beautiful Settle and Carlisle railway as a wonderful prelude to the action over the summer months while the jumpers were having their holidays before coming back to the action.

Seven races on today’s card and amazingly this is Haydock’s only Saturday afternoon flat meeting that does not contain any pattern races but instead it was a couple of 2yo maidens and some tricky looking handicaps for punters to try and decipher during the course of the day.

2.25 The Betfair Supports Pride of Britain Racing Awards E.B.F. Maiden Fillies Stakes,1m 2yo fillies.

An above average looking contest here where experience counted and it was third time lucky here for Flippant under Tom Queally who stayed on stoutly up the run in to fend off Dancing Sands from Godolphin by half a length while early pace setter Testing was back in third.

Hard to know what to make of these as they looked much of a muchness but they are probably not the best juveniles around and some may be better at three.

3.00 The E.B.F. Celebrating The Unsung Heroes of Racing Maiden Stakes,1m 2yo colts and geldings.

A winner for Richard Hannon here as Monsea again showed experience counts with a staying performance to hold off favourite El Najmm back in second and a much improved run by Caridadi in third spot,Beyond Smart was the fourth placed horse on his first start for John Gosden and will have learnt a great deal about the game,he is one to keep an eye on possibly as a 3yo.

The winners looks as though he will improve and could go on to a fair level from this.

3.30 The Betfair Supports Racing Welfare Handicap Stakes,5f 3yo+ (86-105)

A wide open looking contest on paper which went to Demora from the stable of Michael Appleby who recorded his second win of the season after winning at Nottingham in June and seems to be developing ok as a sprinter,Racy back in second went well off a rating of 98 and is still holding his form after being fourth in the Portland maybe York in a few weeks may his next race while Confessional in third showed his liking for this course and will be back next year.

4.05 The Racing Welfare Pride Of Racing Stakes (Handicap) 6f,3yo+ (76-90)

Another typical wide open whose turn is it today sort of race and like Ayr last weekend it was the Andrew Balding yard who took this due to Dungannon under Jimmy Fortune making it two on the bounce following up a recent win at Ascot by 1.25 lengths from Joe Packet who ran his best race for a long time,Favorutie If So was third and looks held by the handicapper at this stage and will probably benefit from a return to the AW at Lingfield where he has a couple of course wins to his name.

Special mention must go to Andrew’s wife Anna-Lisa who hot footed it up here from Chester after picking up the winners prize in the 3.05 race.

4.40 The Jockey Club #PrideofRacing E.B.F. Reprocolor Fillies Handicap Stakes, 1m2f,3yo+ (76-90)

A good looking race on paper will plenty unexposed 3yo fillies and no doubt many looking for good black type in the future and it was Wall of Sound the half sister to The Cheka who made near enough all the running to defeat Cruck Realta by 2.5 lengths with Vicksburg in third and Electra Spectra in third fourth.

Will be interesting to see how the form works out for this race,it’s one I’d keep an eye on for future reference without a doubt.

5.15 The Bet365 Handicap Stakes,1m6f,3yo+ (81-100)

A tough race with most of the field out of form and needing a bit of respite from the handicapper and Swinging Hawk who ran from 2lb out of the handicap stayed on strongly up the straight to beat favourite Suegioo by two lengths and last weeks Ayr runner up Jonny Delta back in third.

Swinging Hawk seems much happier on the flat than he did over hurdles that’s not say he could return over jumps with a rating of 117 should he go in a small 2m4f handicap somewhere.

5.50 The Racing Welfare Handicap Stakes,1m 3yo+ (86-105)

A fine piece of riding by Martin Dwyer on Short Squeeze who dwelt at the start but travelled well down the straight and took the lead with a furlong left and looks a classy horse in the making,he was fancied for the Cambridgeshire but missed the cut and got his compensation here comfortably holding early pace setter Balty Boys by 4.5 lengths and in third was Sandagiyr who ran an ok race but is tricky to place and being 5 his best days with Godolphin are probably behind him now.

Short Squeeze though has a good bit of class about him and will be suited by 1m2f next season but until the Mile division is where he will be kept for the time being.

So another flat season done for me,it’s getting to the time of year where I’m ready for the jumpers to return and a racing free few weeks for the moment before heading down to Cheltenham for the Showcase meeting which promises to be a cracking event to see

Until that I hope to squeeze a couple of football reviews in most likely at non league level which is always a good day out and helps give the smaller clubs a bit of extra publicity and I’m more than happy to do that.

Till the next blog thanks for reading.

Haydock Park,Friday 27th September 2013

Warm weather was the order of the day here at this late summer fixture as the North West flat season slowly draws to an end,The first day of this two day meeting was attended by a small crowd but they were entertained by some fair racing,not the best quality but competitive none the less.

Eight races were the order of the day running on the inner track with the main outer course being saved for Saturdays racing.

1.30 The Peter & Olly Hughes Golden Wedding Handicap Stakes (Div1) 1m4f,3yo+(56-70)

This was the lesser of the two divisions here but it went to Mister Fizz from Imogen Pickards stable in Leominster who took this off his rating of 69 under young apprentice Daniel Cremin (7) who made all to beat Four Nations who was having his first start of the season.

2.00 The Peter and Olly Hughes Golden Wedding Handicap Stakes (Div2) 1m4f,3yo+(56-70)

The better of the two races and a convincing performance from Sporting Gold who made it 2/2 this season following his maiden win on the polytrack in January at Lingfield,he had to fight on the run in from Perfect Summer making her handicap debut and she showed a tough attitude to the game and is one to keep an eye on next time should she not go up to high in the weights while Highway Code in third will be going back over jumps no doubt this winter.

As for the winner he still has more to give while the handicapper seems to have gotten hold of Artful Prince now although he could be better back at 1m2f

2.30 The E.B.F. Vale UK Maiden Fillies Stakes,6f 2yo fillies.

A fair looking contest on paper but a bit of a shock result as debutant Dutch S from Clive Cox’s yard made a winning performance here,running on well she just got her head on the line from short priced favourite My Inspiration with Destiny’s Kitten from the Tom Dascombe stable running an eye catching race in third spot.

3.00 The E.B.F. Vale UK Maiden Stakes,6f 2yo colts and geldings.

As in the previous race this was won by another debutant in True Comment under Neil Callan for Newmarket based Ed Walker by 3.5 lengths to Galvanise who showed much improvement from his recent debut race at York and the well fancied Sherston in third with favourite Lacock in fourth.

This was a surprising result as True Comment was very green in the paddock but he learnt quickly what being a racehorse is all about and could be in for a reasonable future.

3.35 The Griffiths and Armour Nursery Handicap,5f 2yo

Deeds Not Words made it three on the bounce here following up wins at Goodwood and Bath in what was a tight finish with the ever consistent maiden Urban Dreamer chasing home in second while Jamboree Girl ran a respectable race in third.

The winner remains in good heart and thrives on his racing while the runner up is keeping a good level of form up but always finds one or two too good in his races.

4.10 The Frank And Tom Fitzgerald Handicap Stakes,1m,3yo+(76-90)

An trappy sort of race with two horses open to Improvement and the rest out of form.

This tight finish went to Ingleby Angel from David O’Meara who overcame a career high rating of 86 who held off Yojimbo by half a length in second place while African Oil was third with favourite Talented Kid fourth.

The winner has a good record at Redcar and could go their for the final of the Straight Mile Series and being in the O’Meara camp could find more improvement next season while Talented Kid will be better suited by 10f but he does stay further having started his career out in bumpers.

4.45 The Vale UK Handicap Stakes,1m6f, 3yo (76-95)

A very competitive looking staying handicap on paper and a very tough and dour run by Big Thunder from Sir Mark Prescott’s was always prominent throughout and took over the lead when they passed the 3f pole and stayed on stoutly to hold off long time leader Deficit by three quarters of a length.

This was much better by Big Thunder who seemed to like the step up in trip and as I mentioned in my August blog from Haydock I really do hope the jumps trainers buy him should he end up at the sales as he thrives on his racing and has a real battling heart in him.

5.20 The Betdaq Haydock Park Apprentice Training Series Handicap Stakes,1m2f,3yo+(56-70)

A real wide open looking event on paper with the young stars of the future showing their skills,before the race I spotted them all doing the mandatory course walk something which a lot of the pro jockeys don’t seem to do any more.

My last knowledge of a jockey whose surname was Walsh winning here was Ruby on Silvinaco Conti in last years Lancashire Chase but it was Eoin Walsh (3) today on Bold Duke trained in Hereford by Edward Bevan who took the nightcap running on well in the last furlong by 1.25 lengths from Rex Whistler.

This was not a strong race but the winning horse followed up a last time out win at Chepstow but for a 5yo he is lightly raced and could get turned out again before he gets reassessed.

Day one all done then of this two day meeting,highlight of the day was the staying contest which had some useful types in it and I can’t wait to see what will happen to Big Thunder.

Tomorrow should be my last day on the turf flat for 2013 with another tricky seven race card comprising a couple of maiden races with tough handicaps.

Until then thank you for reading and I hope all your bets are successful ones!

Catterick Races,Saturday 21st September 2013

Surprisingly it was quite warm here today, I have only been to Catterick in the past for jump meetings when it’s been raining and quite chilly but on this late summer/early autumn September afternoon it was a pleasant day and a small but fair crowd turned up,whilst it was not the size that had turned up at Doncaster the week before for the Leger it was still busy without being too packed.

Eight races on today’s card with the feature being the finale of the 12f Series which was part of a series of races which began from the first flat meeting of the season in April and through a series of qualifiers resulted in today’s final,like how the Pertemps one over the jumps works with their final at the Cheltenham Festival.

Today also had the news that trainer Mick Easterby was going to retire and hand over to his son David,racing needs characters and Mick has been one of them and no mistake,just how much of Yorkshire he actually owns is something we will never know but like many I wish him a grand retirement at the young age of 82!

2.10 British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes,6f 2yo.

A race in which class and experience helped here as the the 72 rated State Anthem just held on in a dramatic finish from Royal Connoisseur.

The winner is not the classiest 2yo in the Mick Channon camp but she is tough and deserved to finally shed her maiden tag while the runner up will be better suited by further in time while Breakable back in third place is slowly learning what this racing game is all about.

2.45 33 Races Live On Sky 432 Nursery Handicap,7f 2yo (64-84)

A very competitive race on paper,so wide open that for a ten runner event they went 6-1 for three co favourites it was that tricky.

Another tight finish here which kept judge Jonathan Dimsdale busy as Al Baz under promising apprentice Thomas Brown (3) (wonder if he will ever write about his schooldays) held on by a nose from the Sir Mark Prescott filly Thretimesalady.

This is a race to keep an eye on,expect a few winners to come out of this contest.

3.20 Pin Point Recruitment Handicap,1m6f 3yo (54-71)

A wide open contest here which went to the aptly named Duke of Yorkshire who just held on from the fast finishing Sunblazer,The winner was all out to hold off Sunblazer and the runner up could be suited by 2m in the future,he is one to keep an eye on.

The disappointment for me was handicap debutant Samoset who looked lovely in the paddock and has the size and scope to be a hurdler in the future.

3.55 Racing Replay All Today’s Racing Sky432 Maiden Stakes,7f 3&4yo

A poor maiden here which was won very easily by Dawn Calling from the Mark Johnston yard,making all he was eight lengths clear at the line and finally won on his third start and looks likely to go down the handicapping route depending what rating he gets, Odds on fav Red Warrior was never travelling and is a frustrating sort while the rest of the field were average at best.

4.30 2013 Catterick Twelve Furlong Series Final Handicap,1m4f 3yo+ (67-89)

A one two for the girls here as jockeys Samantha Bell (7) and Shirley Teasdale (3) came first and second on their mounts Dolphin Village and Tinseltown respectively,both were in the first two throughout the running with Sammy Jo Bell getting the better on Dolphin Village to give her only her third winner in Britain but also her biggest win to date for the Richard Fahey yard.

This race had several course winners in it and the winners likes Catterick,be interesting to see if he finds more improvement next season as he has a tough attitude to the game and loves his racing.

5.05 Catterickbridge.co.uk Handicap,1m6f 4yo+ (55-65)

Thirteen went to post for this staying event and a commanding performance from Naburn who stayed on well to defeat Danceintothelight by 3.5 lengths,Naburn deserved this win after getting trouble in running on his previous start at Redcar and will be going over timber in the winter,I expect 2m4f will be his trip over jumps.

During the day I noticed trainer John Berry had turned up with Zarosa and she travelled well before struggling to pick up,the track probably didn’t suit and will be better on a flatter surface.

5.40 Book Now For Saturday 19th October Handicap (Div 1) 7f 3yo+ (52-64)

Probably the better of the two divisions this was lucky on race number thirteen of Lil Sophella’s career to break her maiden tag under Jack Garritty (7) who kept clam having missed the break to get the better of Red Cobra by a half length.

6.10 Book Now For Saturday 19th October Handicap (Div 2) 7f 3yo+ (52-64)

An eventful event race here as three of the fourteen missed the break and had little chance of doing anything while Dhhamaan stumbled and fell with 1f left but got up ok as did jockey James Sullivan.

At the business end it was George Fenton who won off a career high mark of 69 and seems happy with cheekpieces while short head runner up Dance for George almost made all only to be nabbed on the line while third placed Graceful Art remains a maiden after 22 starts and an eye catcher for the future is Meshardal who was fourth on his third start here for Ruth Carr and is one to watch although what his ideal trip is has yet to be discovered.

So a nice enjoyable afternoons racing here,not the most high quality card but for me that does not matter as I will go to a meeting no matter the grade or surface.

Catterick is a course I really like,the stands are old but that is part of its charm and when they say it is the course with character they really do mean it,You won’t necessarily see any superstars but what you do get is a real old time atmosphere with staff that make sure you have a good day out.

The next Saturday meeting here is on the 19th October but I shall be at Cheltenham that day,the one here features the Catterick Dash over 5f which is a Class B race and should have some useful speedsters in it while jumping fans have the North Yorkshire Grand National in January over a gruelling 3m6f.

Looking ahead this Saturday coming I shall be at Haydock for my turf flat season finale.

Until then thank you and goodbye.

The stands at Catterick

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Dawn Calling and Adrian Nicholls coming back in.

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Dolphin Angel and Samantha Bell (7)

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Haydock Park,Sprint Cup Day,Saturday 7th September 2013

The big flat meeting of the whole season at Haydock,some think of the whole year but anyone with a bit of intelligence will tell you that the big one of the year is of course the Lancashire Chase in November

The sun was out occasionally here but it was also pretty overcast with an odd drop of rain and wind which made it feel more like National Hunt conditions rather than summer flat which brought a few non runners out including making the Old Borough Cup a 14 runner handicap as opposed to a 16 runner one.

Card wise this was excellent quality,Four competitive handicaps mixed in with Three pattern races comprising of Group One,Three and Listed class.

2.05 The Betfred Mobile Be Friendly Handicap 5f,3yo+ (86-100)

A tricky looking handicap on paper with many looking for a return to form and with bigger races in the next few weeks such as the Portland at Doncaster and the Gold,Silver and Bronze Cups at Ayr (Why not have a Copper one too!) a few of these could be going their no doubt.

It was a back to form win for a Confessional who this back in 2010 and only had a win at Chester last year since,winning off 94 he was 1lb lower today and that seems to be his mark,Harrison George was only a length in second and is not finished with yet and order was firmly put in place as Jedward was right down in third last,it’s not only in music but in horse racing that Harrison George is rated much better than Jedward!

2.40 The Betfred.Com Superior Mile,1m,3yo+ Group Three.

So far the only top quality miler i have seen was David Weir in the Olympic Stadium back in July but this is a race that’s slowly increasing in Group quality and surely will be a Group Two in a few years time but with the field rated from 95 to 115 this was a nice renewal with a mixture of horses going up in class and some coming down to try and pick some black type up.

The red hot favourite in this was the Richard Hannon trained Montridge,a 3yo who has been slowly climbing the ranks during the year.

However it was a 22-1 shocker here as Top Notch Tonto from Brian Ellison took the prize to Malton under a canny ride from Dale Swift who got his first Group winner as a jockey with Anna’s Pearl who made most of the early running fading as Hay Dude who has a real liking for Haydock stayed on into second place with Gabriel who always gives his best back in third spot.

Montridge was very keen early and struggled to pick up when needed but could be better going up in trip to 10f in time while the winner is improving from handicap company but could be tricky to place after this and may find himself going to France for races unless the Cambridgeshire becomes the next port of call.

3.15 The Betfred ‘Goals Galore’ Old Borough Cup Handicap,1m6f,3yo+(0-105).

Always a competitive race which is like division two of the Ebor,quite a few well fancied horses turned up for this long distance event which was run a good pace from gates opening.

It was a decent pace set by Scatter Dice and Clowance Estate until both were headed in the last furlong or so by eventual winner Platinum who continues his fine run of form and took this prize from Clowance Estate who is very lightly raced on what was only his sixth career start and could be tapped up by a few jumping trainers as he looks the type to leap timber while the big gamble of the race Pallasator could only finish third but was running on at the finish.

Platinum will no doubt end up in the Cesarewitch and will be in with a fighting chance in the Newmarket marathon

3.50 The Betfred Sprint Cup,6f,3yo+,Group One.

The feature flat race of Haydock Park’s year and the question one everyone’s mind was could Lethal Force follow up from his Group One wins at Royal Ascot and Newmarket,this was a truly international sprint with runners from England,Scotland,Ireland and South Africa taking part in this race.

During the week Society Rock had a nasty head injury and was ruled out and Reckless Abandon was also an absentee which did take the shine off but it was still a cracking looking contest.

In the end it was Ireland’s year as Gordon Lord Byron under a Johnny Murtagh ride took the contest keeping over on the far side from Slade Power who was staying on in second but was three lengths down while Hoof It ran a P.B. for 2013 back in third and seems to be coming back to something near his best.

The eye catching run for me came from Garswood who was running on late into sixth place after a tardy start but will be suited over 7f next season and maybe Longchamp could be his next race as that seems the logical option.

Lethal Force was prominent but soon weakened and came ninth,the ground could have been against him in this,wether or not he goes to Ascot or Santa Anita is another thing.

4.25 The Betfred “Treble Odds On Lucky 15’s” Nursery Handicap,6f,2yo

An odds on turned over here as Musical Comedy owned by The Queen got floored by Kickboxer who just hung on by a neck to win with Belayer in third position.

Musical Comedy was very green in the paddock but is still improving and will be better once he grows up a bit while Kickboxer is a very tough and genuine horse and could gain another win before the seasons out.

5.00 The Betfred TV Stakes (Ascendant Stakes) 1m,2yo,Listed.

Only five went to post for this contest which had a first prize of £11363 to the winner and for an early evening/late afternoon race the crowd were treated to two great displays of riding from Richard Hughes and Gerald Mosse from France as Chief Barker and Chriselliam fought tooth and nail up the straight in the last half furlong with Chief Barker giving a much needed change of luck on the day for Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes just prevailing by a neck.

Chief Barker is on the upgrade and will be much better suited by further as a 3yo and has multiple Group One entries,he could end up either in the Royal Lodge or the Racing Post Trophy.

5.30 The Betfred Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven Handicap,1m6f,3yo (81-100)

A cracking finale here with a last race double for Richard Hughes on Nearly Caught who like a few of these was trying a new trip after winning at Kempton over 1m3f last time out.

Lemon Pearl set the early fractions until getting headed over 2f out and the winner took over despite drifting markedly to his right he kept going and stayed on stoutly to hold off Alwilda from Sir Mark Prescott’s who is a tough battle hard filly and remains open to more improvement while Renew back in third is probably better over 1m4f.

Some nice stayers in here who could be challenging in Group events next season.

A cracking afternoons racing at Haydock,racegoers treated to some nice finishes here,the start act was no doubt Gordon Lord Byron in the big sprint and the end of the Ascendant Stakes showed the quality of Richard Hughes and Gerald Mosse at their very best.

Just two more days on the flat for me for this year,In a fortnights time it is off to Catterick then Haydock again the week after.

Below,Be Friendly,First ever winner of the Sprint Cup,Winners Trophy and Old Borough Cup

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Beverley Races,Saturday 31st August 2013.

Off to East Yorkshire and course I haven’t been to since about 2002-4 I think when I went on a coach trip to the Malton Open Day,I remember it well as I saw Desert Orchid at the late Jimmy Fitzgeralds stables before racing and learnt off some friends that if you need to find a pub in a place you have never been to then look for a church,No better way to toast the main man I guess!

 Today was Beverley’s big raceday of the whole season with the Listed Beverley Bullet being the feature race over the stiff 5f course here on the Westwood. 
 
One feature here is that the judges box is on the inside although today’s official was not keen to reach down and put the numbers up,wether it was laziness or orders from the Health and Safety brigade we will never know. 
 
Below,The Judges box.  
 
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A marathon ten race card was in store as before the main racing began we were treated to two races from the very popular Charles Owen Pony Racing Series which has been integral in giving the younger jockeys of today a chance to race on racecourses on race days in front of a big crowd. 
 
Below,View of the stands. 
 
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The first of these was the 138cm and under race over 5f which went to the 12yo G Whizz who just hung on under 14yo jockey Algy Stanley from red hot favourite Little Anne then in the second race the 148cm and under over 7f that was won by 11 yo Total Eclipse and 15yo jockey Hannah Welch who made all and despite being challenged 2f out found plenty on the run in to hold off Black Pearl. 
 
Below,Ponies in the Parade Ring. 
 
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On to the main action and eight races for punters to enjoy today at this lovely course which had a decent sized crowd enjoying their racing. 
 
1.55 The E.B.F. RacehorseTrader.Com Maiden Fillies Stakes (Div 1) 7f 110yards 2yo. 
 
Probably an ok race this with the favourite Illuminating Dream obliging on her second start under a good ride from Jamie Spencer,she made most of the running and held off the staying on Thurayaat by 2.5 lengths with Bajan Beauty in third, The winner is still a bit green but will improve at Three as will Thurayaat who will be suited by middle distances next season. 
 
2.30 Betfred Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes (Listed) 5f 3yo+. 
 
 A very good renewal here with fifteen runners rated between 92 and 110 for this annual cavalry charge up this very stiff and undulating 5f course. 
 
The crowd were treating to a sprint finish at its very best here as Martin Dwyer in the saddle on the 4yo Stepper Point just held on by a neck from last weeks Nunthorpe runner York Glory in a pulsating finish up the Westwood straight with the gallant veteran Borderlescott finishing an honourable third with Masamah in fourth. 
 
Stepper Point is a tough sort and although not the classiest in the sprinting division he is tough and will probably be sent off to France now to get some more black type to enhance his value while York Glory is still improving but is a lot better over 6f than he his over 5f while Borderlescott may not be the force of old but has a real affinity for this course and ran a PB for the season. 
 
Below,Borderlescott comes into the Parade Ring. 
 
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3.05 Betfred Wishes Indian Trail A Happy Retirement Handicap (65-74) 5f 3yo+. 
 
Not a good quality race but a fine piece of front running from jockey Jacob Butterfield here on Bronze Beau who comfortably defeated Rich Again by 2.75 lengths with Rangooned in third while Indian Trail signed off his career at the ripe old age of thirteen with an honourable sixth position. 
 
Below,Indian Trail. 
 
 
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3.40 Betfred “Double Delight” Handicap (88-104) 1m2f 3yo. 
 
Only five went to post in this race for the £12938 first place money and again as in the rest of the races it was all from the front and this time another good apprentice in Joey Haynes who made all on London Citizen who stayed on stoutly up the run in to fend off Windhoek with a disappointing run by Circus Star in third. 
 
London Citizen deserved this win as he has not won since his first 2yo race last year and most recently was runner up in the Swedish Derby and before that was second in the Bell Ringer at Ripon and here off bottom weight he was thrown in so expect the handicapper to raise him off 88 to the mid 90s and pattern company is the natural progression for him next season. 
 
4.15 Betfred “Goals Galore” Handicap (70-84) 7f 110yards 3yo+. 
 
A mixed bag of some improving 3yo horses and older ones that struggle to win, Al Muheer was a bit edgy when coming out onto the course but trainer Ruth Carr was quickly out to settle him down a bit and needed up going back into the pre parade ring to calm him before getting James Sullivan in the saddle, during the afternoon I saw her going into the Sweet Shop that’s on course, wonder what her sweet treats are?  I bought a Snickers bar when I wanted a quick fuel boost after this race. 
 
Anyway it was an improving 3yo who won with favourite Consign who did the business holding off course specialist Shadowtime who has win seven of his eight career wins here, Consign is still on the up and will be even better over 1m. 
 
4.50 E.B.F. RacehorseTrader.com Maiden Fillies Stakes,7f 110yards 2yo. 
 
The second oldest trainer of the day got this prize with the Clive Brittain trained Dance Bid winning on her third start but only her first run on turf at odds of 22-1! 
 
Anipa was runner up and will be suite by further in time while Sound of Summer started badly which affected her but she kept on to be third and will be suited by a stiffer test. 
 
5.20 Betfred “Hat Trick Heaven” Maiden Stakes,5f 3yo+
 
The oldest trainer of the day got on the scoresheet here with the Mick Easterby trained Be Lucky just hanging on in a titanic battle up the straight with the consistent Hi Filwah going down by 0.75 lengths in a grand finish that showed racing at its best. 
 
Be Lucky has been gently handled this season,it was her first run since being a runner up at Southwell 115 days ago but she has good potential and it would not surprise me if Mick sold her to a bigger yard for a decent price but should she stay then she remains one to follow when going handicapping while Hi Filwah is still consistent and may also be better in a handicap. 
 
5.55 Stars of The Future Apprentice Handicap (46-65) 1m2f 3yo. 
 
A fast pace in what was a very average looking contest here but the step up in trip for Ningbo Express was what the doctor ordered for this filly as she found the improvement from her recent Ffos Las third over 1m under Jordan Vaughan, the favourite Artful Prince set the early gallop but after being overtaken by the winner with 3f left he was no match despite rallying to try and close the gap he went down by 5 lengths. 
 
 
Racing done then on what was a pleasant afternoon,A real mixed bag of a card that produced some good finishes at what is a tricky course where previous course and distance form is essential. 
 
Next up on here is Haydock Park on Saturday with the feature flat race of the year the Group One Sprint Cup over 6f.