Haydock Park,Saturday 24th May,2014,Betfred Temple Stakes Day

Bank Holiday weekend at Haydock and in true British weather style it lashed it down all afternoon in weather more akin to the winter game than the summer one.

I can’t remember a day like this since I went to the 2001 National but thankfully the conditions were nowhere near as bad as that day.

Racing wise today the two feature events where the Silver Bowl for 3yo over 1m and the Group Two Temple Stakes over 5f for the speedsters which was the first race of the sprint division of the Qipco British Champions Series for 2014.

1.35 Betfred Edward Wallis Stakes,Class 2,2m 45yds,4yo+ (0-100)

A mixed bag here with runners from the top flat and jumping yards having runners.

The recent Chester Cup fifth Glenard was sent off favourite under Ryan Moore and set a fair gallop until turning for home when he got swallowed up around 2f out by the pelaton.

At the business end Noble Silk under last seasons top apprentice Oisin Murphy took over with a furlong to go and ground out a two length win from top weight Nearly Caught, Enthiaa stayed on back in third spot.

This was a return to turf for Noble Silk who came here after being placed in some decent staying races on the AW, he now goes for the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle according to connections.

2.05 Betfred Scoop6 £15 Million Today Handicap,Class 3,6f,4yo+ (0-90)

An ok handicap with a fair number of these out of form,this race was meant to be one of the lesser races but got moved to accommodate the Scoop6 punters.

Their was a split from the start with three coming down the stands’ side and other ten staying on the far side.

It was the far side who took the first two with Bear Behind who won a recent seller at Thirsk and cost £16,000 to buy back in,he looks to have his confidence back now and winning off 88 he could end up going into the 90s when reassessed unless he gets turned out again quickly this week.

Shore Step was second,he has CD form to his name,he will pick a race up soon, Barkston Ash was third but also he was the first of the three who came stands side,this 6yo has kept his form this season,he might just be getting in the grip of the handicapper.

2.40 Betfred.Com Temple Stakes,Group 2,5f,3yo+

The weather being so bad meant the defection of popular sprinter Sole Power in this Group Two but bottom and top rated horses in this ranged from 104-115, Hot Streak and Sole Power shared the top BHA rating of 115 in this years renewal.

Qatar Racing got a 1-2 here as the 3yo Hot Streak made all the running for Oisin Murphy to hold off Ryan Moore who switched mounts following Sole Powers defection to be second on Pearl Secret with veteran Kingsgate Native who kept on on third, the other 3yo Justice Day was fourth.

Hot Streak is a classy sprinter and 5f is his trip at the moment, no doubt the big there of Kings Stand,Nunthorpe and the Abbaye will be the major summer and autumn targets for him, he finds 6f to far and is clearly going the right way.

Pearl Secret was staying on and is still lightly raced for a 5yo,he should be in the big 5f events too this season and will pay his way.

A few of these will be better when the ground is quicker but take nothing away from Hot Streak,he is quality.

3.10 Betfred Mind Blowing Scoop6 Today EBF Stallions Stakes,Listed Race,6f,3yo+ Fillies and Mares.

Frankel may be retired now but the family still keep going as his half sister Joyeuse and jockey Ryan Moore bounced back from a poor run in the 1000 Guineas, held up early she made good headway mid race and got the lead from Gathering Power in the last furlong to power away, Perfect Blessings who came here off the back of a maiden win at Doncaster was in the van guard throughout and kept on for third to earn some good black type.

It was good to see Lady Cecil get a nice pattern race here, Joyeuse clearly prefers sprinting at the moment,the main aim for her will be to get some Group wins to enhance her paddock value in time, It’s possible a few trips to France May be the order of the day due to a lack of big sprint races for 3yo fillies.

3.45 Betfred Mobile Casino Silver Bowl Stakes (Handicap) Class 2,1m,3yo.

On Thursday a total of seventeen got declared but due to the ground we were left with thirteen going to post for this valuable 3yo handicap.

This years renewal went to Chatez who was unlucky here on Swinton Day when just nabbed by Red Stargazer last month but this afternoon managed to reverse the form to give trainer Alan King a big flat win beating the big flat trainers at their own game.

It’s been a good couple of months for Alan King,back in April he won the Grade Two Manifesto Novices at Aintree with Uxizandre then a week later Godsmejudge came second in the Scottish National and now a big win in a famous spring flat handicap.

Chatez has been in good order this term as he began with a win at Epsom, it’s just possible the Britannia at Royal Ascot may be the next target unless connections decide to up him to 1m2f.

Zarwan is still improving and ran a good race in defeat, First Flight for Godolphin was third and could be better dropped back to 7f but this was only his fourth race and has more to offer on better ground.

This big disappointments for many would have been What About Carlo who won well at Sandown last month and was supplemented for some of the big summer Group Ones,Red Stargazer trailed home back in twelfth spot.

Below,Chatez

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4.20 Follow The Scoop6 At totepoolliveinfo.com Handicap,Class 2,1m4f,3yo,(0-100)

A very interesting race for developing 3yo stayers here,Brown Panther won this back in 2011 as did Opinion Poll in 2009

Wrangler who was making his handicap debut was always prominent under Ryan Moore and led in the last half furlong and did enough to fight off the attentions of Montaly and Oisin Murphy to just hang on by half a length.

The early pace was set by Fire Fighting under Joe Fanning in the typical style of a Mark Johnston runner, he was going ok till getting headed in the last furlong and will come on a ton for this outing, possibly the Tradesmens Derby at Musselburgh will be on the agenda for him.

Black Schnapps came into this race on a hat trick bid, he ran a fair race but a return to 1m2f will suit him better than the extra 2f did this afternoon.

Regarding Wrangler he is on the upgrade and could end up a more than useful horse as the season goes on,Royal Ascot will no doubt be the next port of call for him but as for which race is a mystery.

4.55 Betfred Download The App Handicap,Class 3,7f,3yo (0-95)

A reasonable finale and the very busy Bretherton came in having his eighth start of the year to swoop and deny long time leader Lincoln by half a length inside the last 75 yards under Graham Lee.

Short priced favourite Takreym came third and was 3.25 lengths behind,he was short of pace here and should benefit from a return up in trip.

Bretherton was quite exposed coming into this race so the form should be treated with caution, winning here off 83 he may end up going up just under 90 for this.

So a very wet afternoon came to an end.

The racing was real top quality it’s just the conditions were not, still you can’t have everything.

The main horse to takeaway was without doubt Hot Streak, he is on the upgrade without a doubt and is one to follow.

Next week it is back to Haydock for the John O’Gaunt and the Pinnacle Stakes with a couple of Listed races and competitive handicaps to complement it.

Just hope the weather is more suited to the Panama, at the moment I have a suit in dire need of being dry cleaned and should the same conditions occur then I think the tweed overcoat used for the winter may be needed to have a break from its summer holiday under the stairs!

Until then,thanks for reading.

York Races,Dante Festival Day One,Wednesday 14th May 2014

First day of term at the Knavesmire,this course has a varied history when you look at it, You all know about Dick Turpin but here the Yorkshire faithful have seen many things such as two of the best horses in modern times in Sea The Stars and Frankel then on the flip side the enigmatic and loopy Mad Moose refused to start here last year,Royal Ascot has been run here when Her Majesty had Ascot tarted up and this July the second stage of the Tour De France will begin here as they race to the steel city of Sheffield.

This afternoon though it was the horses that took centre stage with the two feature races being the Musidora and the Duke Of York Stakes.

Weather wise it was glorious spring sunshine,completely different from Haydock last Saturday.

Seven races all of which were tough but enjoyable never the less.

Today also saw the use of the new pre parade ring, next year a new weighing room will also be in operation.

Below,New pre parade ring and current weighing room.

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1.45 StanJames.Com Stakes (Handicap) Class 2,1m2f 88yds,4yo+ (0-100)

A useful looking race with some experienced horses and a few potential improvers in the mix.

It was a very impressive win for Clever Cookie who was held up in the early stages but charged down the middle under Graham Lee for trainer Peter Niven to just get the better of last weeks Chester winner Tres Coronas.

This horse is improving on the flat,over hurdles he won a 2m2f Grade Two novice event at Kelso before finishing down the field at Ayr in the Scottish a Champion Hurdle, he won here off 88 and has a hurdle rating of 148 so their is no reason why he can’t continue to find extra and maybe get up to Listed ability.

Tres Coronas had to carry an extra 6lb for last week which found him out, one horse which was unlucky was the favourite Rye House,he got trapped behind a wall of horses and got no run when he needed to pick up.

2.15 Infinity Tyres Stakes (Handicap) Class 2,6f,4yo+ (0-105)

A typical wide open,impossible looking York sprint handicap,the sort that if you run the same race next week you would get a totally different first four home.

This went to Yorkshires elder statesman Mick Easterby and jockey Graham Gibbons with Aetna drawn bang on the stands rail in box 20.

They all converged into one group down the middle after a couple of furlongs, Baccarat led into the last furlong and would have won had it not been for Aetna who bore down in the last furlong to land the spoils.

The course suits Aetna unlike her previous run at Beverley, it’s possible the Wokingham would be the most obvious race to go for next and then try to get some black type for her as the season goes on.

Baccarat was an unlucky loser and he will gain compensation soon,he remains one to keep an eye on.

Fast Shot back in fourth is probably in the grip of the handicapper but he still has a good rider relationship with Rachel Richardson.

2.45 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes,Group 3,1m2f 88yds,3yo fillies.

A very tricky looking race on paper with very little pattern race form on offer for this nine runner field due to the defection of Eastern Belle.

Of the field,five had entries in the Oaks and of the first four home positions first and third were taken by fillies who hold an Epsom entry.

After the gates opened Shama towed them along early and set a good pace as they turned for home and made a bee line for the stands rail until back peddling after two furlongs out and was overtaken by the pack.

Lily Rules briefly led then in the last furlong it was the once raced Madame Chiang under Kieran Fallon for David Simcock put in a polished and professional performance to keep her held by just over a length, Regardez plugged on for third with Nancy From Nairobi fourth.

Cambridge the filly who came in with a fair reputation to her name never showed and was back down the field in seventh.

Madame Chiang is now two from two having won a back end maiden at Yarmouth back in October, she did what was necessary and should take her place at Epsom as she deserves too.

Lily Rules came here from a recent 6/15 in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket and has got a bit more enhancement in her paddock value,she kept on with the winner and despite not having an Epsom entry she could end up going to France or maybe a race like the Ribblesdale or Lancashire Oaks later on.

At this stage it’s hard to work out how good this years Musidora is but it may not be a high quality one but at this stage anything can happen.

3.15 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes,Group 2,6f,3yo+

A fair race with the field of thirteen rated from 100-114.

After a bit of Yorkshire domination it was like something from Cheltenham here with the Irish picking off a big prize here as last years Abbaye victor Maarek bounced back to his best for Declan McDonogh and his trainer Evanna McCutcheon who is very easy on the eye indeed.

The early trail was laid by Heeraat with the only 3yo in the race Astaire, as they got to the business end Astaire went on and Maarek followed, Es Que Love kept tabs and travelled well, in the last furlong Maarek got the lead and just hung on as Astaire close the gap to within half a length going to the line.

This was a tough performance by Maarek,giving the runner up 10lbs and also carrying a penalty for winning the Abbaye last year,he heads off to Royal Ascot for either the big 5f or 6f Group Ones.

Astaire is clearly going to be a top class sprinter, he won last years Gimcrack over CD and he showed why the programme needs a Group race for 3yo sprinters, he didn’t get 7f in the Greenham so he will stick to sprints.

Es Que Love has a big race in him this season.

Moviesta ran poor as did Jack Dexter but their are lots of targets for them later in the season.

3.55 Conundrum HR Consulting Stakes (Handicap) Class 3,7f,3yo,(0-90)

A lot of potential for the future here but it was one way traffic for That Is The Spirit carrying top weight,he made all the running and kept on well and have Shot In The Sun an easy 1.5 length beating, Recent Doncaster winner Inyordreams was another who stayed on and got third just by a neck to Tiger Twenty Two in fourth.

Plenty to like about this winner,it’s just possible we may see him at Haydock in the Silver Bowl next week over 1m, despite being by Invincible Spirit he looks like he should get a mile easily enough.

Idea was touted up but was never going to threaten,he will be better stepped up in distance.

Tea Leaf also didn’t run as was probably expected and was down the field.

4.25 British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes,Class 3,5f,2yo

Only five with a bit of drama in parade ring as Magical Roundabout got loose and headed for the stables,he was caught easily and remounted but came last, He could wake up and find a couple of things missing if he monkeys about like he did today!

Race wise it was the once raced 5-1 shot Mignolino who stayed on when asked by Graham Gibbons as he beat Abscent Friends by 1.5 lengths who in turn was half a length ahead from Winstanley and he looks like he’s still learning the game.

Captain Colby the favourite led early and was ridden with two furlongs left before weakening.

Obviously it’s hard to tell how good these 2yo are but Mignolino was entitled to come on from her first run at Newcastle.

5.00 Coopers Marquees Stakes (Handicap) Class 4,1m4f,4yo+ (0-85)

It was victory number five for the Yorkshire trainers here as Streets Of NewYork under drive by Robert Winston battled in the last furlong to just deny top weight Pilgrims Rest by a short head, they were 2.5 lengths clear from Astra Hall who I saw last being a runner up at Doncaster’s Saturday evening meeting over the May BH Weekend.

Mica Mika was fourth while Deepsand ran a much better race in fifth after last months down the field run at Haydock,he looks an ideal type for the Ladies race here next month.

The big disappointment was last weeks Chester winner Gabrial’s Star, he never went and it’s possible this race was an afterthought after last weeks Chester hose up.

Below,York stands.

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So day one all done, My only day of this meeting and it was a pleasant quiet sort of crowd with some top racing mixed in.

York is always a special place to go racing, it’s one of the major flagship northern tracks along with Aintree,Haydock and Doncaster and today was a good day to go racing.

No racing this Saturday for a change but two Haydocks and a Doncaster come up soon.

It’s a busy year for York with racing on four legs and two wheels to contend with but the management do a fine job and know how to put a good show on.

Till next week,thanks for reading and please RT when possible.

Haydock Park,Swinton Hurdle Day,Saturday 10th May 2014

The first big jumps race of the new season at a very cold,damp and rainy Haydock as the two codes met up for what is now only two mixed meetings in the whole calendar,the other one being Ffos Las in August.

Races from 6f to 3m and a host of top trainers in attendance from the Pipes and Nigel Twiston Davies from the jumping community to even spotting Saeed Bin Suroor who obviously knew what a good race the Swinton can be,(Maybe he was seeing how the Haydock fences worked so Meydaan can have a £1,000,000 Chase on World Cup Night!)

It was a seven race card with Three Flat,Two Hurdles and Two Chases on the card that have something for everybody.

1.50 Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle,Class 2,3m,12 flights,4yo+

A useful contest with a few potential improvers and seasoned campaigners in this marathon trip which was the longest race of the day.

They went a good clip here with the 6yo Broadway Buffalo who was in the first two all the way around and led after two out from long time leader Wyse Hill Teabags who eventually finished fourth, Kris Spin have him a real battle up the run in but could not pass him in the last furlong, Firebird Flyer who was 6lb lower on his hurdle rating stayed on for third.

Broadway Buffalo had to battle and he should go chasing next season as probably will Kris Spin who coming from the Richard Lee stable will no doubt eventually end up in a Welsh National in 2016.

Big Hands Harry was well fancied but he never got going and will probably have the summer off before he goes chasing next season,he is one for the notebook.

2.25 Pertemps Network Handicap,Class 3,1m,3yo,(0-95)

Some good potential improvers in this contest from some of the big Newmarket stables but it was over the border to Yorkshire this year for the David Barron trained Red Stargazer who was held up early and being pushed along from three furlongs out and he just got on the line to deny the Alan King trained Chatez by a neck.

The winners seemed to appreciate the step up to 1m although how the handicapper will react is anyone’s idea, Chatez tried to follow up from his recent Epsom win,he still has plenty of improvement left but he is a gelding and it would be no surprise to see him over timber at some point either this year or next.

The two disappointments were the John Gosden and Goldolphin horses Matalleb and Active Spirit who came sixth and eighth respectively, possibly the ground didn’t suit.

Below,The paddock before the second,Saeed Bin Surror in the distance.

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3.00 Pertemps Network Conditions Stakes,Class 2,6f,3yo+

An intriguing event despite only six runners it had a few horses who could find some improvement this summer, the stalls were in the centre but after the gates opened the tacked over to the stands rail led by Kieren Fallon on Mar Mar who set the early fractions before getting headed just over a furlong out and began to back peddle.

At the business end it was the 4yo Intibaah who picked up where he left off last season and won this in the style of a professional sprinter,going in off 108 he will end up going up in class soon possibly Listed or Group 3.

Their was an incident in the last furlong when Annunciation got snatched up but he was never going to threaten the winner while the veteran 8yo Hawkeyethenoo kept on in third,he will always give his running.

3.30 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Swinton Hurdle) Grade 3,2m,8 flights,4yo+

A race which might not have the prestige of old,no Champion Hurdle winners come here which is a shame as it would make for an interesting spectacle, this was not a vintage renewal but it was a competitive race none the less.

This race has a habit of throwing up a big priced winner,from 2006 to 2010 four of the five winners came in at 16-1 and this year it was a 25-1 price as Ballyglasheen came from three lengths back in third over the last flight to rally on up the run in under Paul Moloney to get a 1.5 length win over last years winner Barizan and decent novice Vibrato Valtat.

These three had a nineteen length lead over Montbazon who needs a bit of respite from the handicapper.

This was the winners twelfth start over hurdles and a fourth win,Pulled up in the Fred Winter at the festival he was mid div in a 4yo handicap at Sandown two weeks ago, he could possibly go to Market Rasen or Galway in the summer.

Barizan is coming back to his best,he will be better after a summer holiday while Vibrato Valtat will no doubt be sent chasing next season,he could be a very good horse indeed when that happens.

4.05 Pertemps Network Spring Trophy Stakes,Listed Race,7f,3yo+

Seven got declared on Thursday but due to the rain in the north west we only ended up with four going to post.

Breton Rock continued his fine start to the season with a win at Thirsk and a recent third at Leicester to get the better over early pace setter Custom Cut ,Godolphin’s Lockwood will come on for the run back in third spot while last place went to last seasons Ayr Gold Cup victor Highland Colori who should also come on for the run but he could be tricky to place as he will have to go into pattern races this season after the way he finished last season shooting up the ratings.

Breton Rock could come back here at the end of the month for the John O’Gaunt over CD and he would not be out of it should that happen.

4.40 Pertemps Network Intermediate Handicap Chase,Class 2,2m6f,18 fences,5yo+

Up by an extra two furlongs and three fences this year, a very competitive looking race on paper.

Their was drama right after flag fall here as King Massini unseated at the first and in turn brought down Ballincurrig,both got up and galloped away safely.

At the business end it was Shotavodka who recorded his second win over fences as he stayed on well enough to give the mare Baby Shine a 3.5 lengths beating,Green Wizard was a one paced third.

This was a good ride by Tom Scudamore who got his double up here.held up he led after four out and shrugged off the challenge of Baby Shine and is a horse on the up, He will be a lot better at 3m and while Dynaste will be the Pipes main chaser at that trip he will pay his way,possibly something like the Becher Chase or the Rehearsal could be a good early season target.

Baby Shine ran another game race,Green Wizard could be suited by longer trips and the disappointment came from Pantxoa who made jumps out to his right which cost him ground and any chance of winning.

5.15 Pertemps Network Handicap Chase,Class 3,2m4f,15 fences,5yo+ (0-130)

An ok race with plenty in the grip of the handicapper at the moment.

Compensation gained here for the 9yo grey Wings Of Smoke who came home mud splattered and the victor after recently being denied a win at Stratford, he travelled well and was still on the bit after the second last,he was kept up to his work by Richard Johnson for trainer Tim Vaughan.

Prima Porter stayed on in second she will be better over further, Frontier Sprit set a good gallop then back peddled after two out,Ballywhat has his own ideas about the game.

Below,Wings of Smoke.

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My probable last bit of jumping for a while, All being well I shall be at York on Wednesday for a Haydock members reciprocal featuring the Musidora and the Duke Of York Stakes.

One of only two mixed meeting it’s a shame we don’t have more, it’s very rare to get the flat and jumping brigade together, Ireland have big festivals such as Galway and Listowel, we should have more over here and it’s a real shame we don’t.

Till then thanks for reading and let’s see how the flat goes!

Doncaster Races,Wraggs Seafoods Race Evening,Saturday 3rd May 2014

First night meeting of the year for me and this particular Saturday had a plethora of big racing events such as the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket,The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in America and The Heart Of All England Maiden Hunter Chase at Hexham.

For me though it was a seven race card of ok quality,nothing special and a crowd which was small compared to other race meetings here, added to that their was racing at Thirsk and Uttoxeter plus the lunchtime kick off for Doncaster Rovers who got relegated to League One.

5.15 The Polonus Apprentice Handicap,Class 4,1m4f,4yo+,(0-85)

A good race for its type with some potential improvers.

It was a first win on his first ride in the UK for Italian rider Gianluca Sanna (7) who steered the filly Silk Sari to a comfortable success, travelling well she can improve off this and trainer Luca Cumani will be hoping to get some Black Type for her, The Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock could be an idea but more than likely a Listed race to begin with will be the best option.

Of the placed horses Phosphorescence will come on for the run back in third for Lady Cecil and could be better upped to staying trips in time.

5.45 The Bardi Handicap,Class4,1m6f 132 yards,4yo+ (0-85)

The full St Leger distance here for the staying handicappers and a local winner for that loveable rogue Mick Easterby with Itlaaq who came here off the back of a seasonal opener at Musselburgh over Easter to hold off Lion Beacon by 0.75 lengths.

A good ride here from Graham Gibbons,this horse stays and gets further,he will pay his way in the staying handicaps.

Lion Beacon may need his rating dropping a bit,Man Of Plenty in third is another one who will benefit from the run.

6.15 The Ice Fresh Seafood Maiden,Class 5,5f,2yo.

An interesting early season race here with four of them battling it out in the last furlong to make for a grandstand finish.

It was an impressive debut win for the Karl Burke trained Natural Order with Danny Tudhope on the saddle, he looked well in the paddock and was well behaved compared to a few of the others who were very green, It’s possible the big 2yo race at Beverley will be next and then a go in the one of the lesser 2yo races at Royal Ascot, he will get 6f easily.

Richard Hannon had one here in Power Play,he will have learned from this and should follow up soon, Richard Fahey had the runner up Flying Machine and he will learn from this too.

6.45 The Pescafria Handicap,Class 2,7f,3yo,(0-105) (Bobis Race)

The weights were raised 11lb for this with the top weight running off a rating of 91.

An interesting looking race with some potential improving types in it.

Another one for the Easterby clan,this time it was Tim whose horses have been in fine form these past few weeks over flat and jumps, Today it was Azagal,a hard working filly she ran thirteen times last a year as a juvenile winning twice, she came here after finishing ninth of fifteen in the Nell Geyn at Newmarket,this was much easier and her rating of 89 will shoot up after this so she will have to go into pattern company.

Beau Nash was second and could be better over a mile unless connections go back sprinting,Lady Frances was one paced back in third and being a Mark Johnston horse she needs to be able to dictate the pace.

Scrutiny was a sorry last place,he is worth avoiding at the moment and could be a late season type before he begins to improve.

7.15 Arctic Warrior Handicap,Class 3,6f,4yo+ (0-90)

A typical northern sprint handicap here and Right Touch who was upped 1lb after being a runner up at Ripon last month showed the necessary improvement and responded to the urging of David Nolan to get the upper hand in a fighting three way battle from Corporal Maddox and last weeks Leicester winner Mutafaakir.

Right Touch will get another upping here probably upto the early 90s,he could be considered later in the summer for the Great St Wilfred or one of the sprints at Newcastle’s Plate Festival.

Corporal Maddox will be happier back up to 7f on a more undulating course than a flat one, Mutafaakir is a typical Ruth Carr horse who will always give everything in a race and could be aimed later in the season for one of the various Ayr races in September,just depends which type of metal his rating will allow.

Favourite Hoofalong never went when asked to quicken,he is better than this.

7.45 The Samherji Maiden,Class 5,6f,3-4yo.

A moderate maiden which was a shock win for debutant 4yo Run With Pride for trainer Derek Shaw and jockey Dale Swift, a cast off from Sir Michael Stoute he never made the track and this horse who cost 200,000gns as a yearling was picked up much cheaper for £7,500, he did the job professionally so it will be of note to see what the handicapper does.

Naggers was second and now qualifies for handicaps, Kommander Kirkup the 4/7f is a horse who will cost you money rather than win it for you,he has ability in him but could do with a much softer surface maybe.

8.15 Seagold Handicap,Class 5,6f110yds,3yo,(0-75)

An all the way win for the James Given trained Inyourdreams who bagged the rail and stayed there, runner up behind UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York at Wolverhampton back in November, After what he did in Meydaan it was good to see the form being franked here and no doubt this filly will be upped to 7f and try to get some Black Type in time.

Supesta and favourite Jaeger Train filled the minor places

A fair evening of racing then,some competitive racing and nice finishes to enjoy.

Of the runners the two to take note of are Silk Sari who should be a better filly during the season and 2yo Natural Order.

This Saturday it’s a bit of everything at Haydock with the Swinton Hurdle the first big race of the new jumps season and the Spring Trophy on the flat to form one of now only two mixed race days.

Till then thank you for reading.