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.
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.