Haydock Park,Saturday 30th May 2015,888Sport Sandy Lane Stakes Day

It may have been FA Cup Final day but it was Royal Ascot and summer festival clues the order of the day here at Haydock for the third Saturday meeting here this month. 

A top quality seven race card made up of top class Group races and competitive handicaps was on offer here with a mix of young horses on the upgrade and popular older horses  for racegoers to enjoy on a pleasant enough afternoon albeit not as warm as it was last weekend but still enough to keep the clouds shut. 


1.25 Download New Racing UK iPad App Handicap,Class 4,1m2f,3yo (0-80)

Judge Di Clark was needed here in a race full of improving types. 

Paul Hanagan got his first of four winners here on the nicely supported Jumeirah Glory for Richard Fahey as he just hung on from the fast finishing Serene Beauty in the Godolphin Blue. 

Taking over from 2f out he was being ridden in the last furlong and the line just came up in time for him as the runner up was really going for it. 

This was much better after a couple of poor runs this season,going in off 78 he might offer more,Serene Beauty is still a bit green but she is going the right way and can pick a few races,hopefully the handicapper won’t bump her up to much  

2.00 888Sport Pinnacle Stakes,Group 3,1m4f,4yo+ Fillies and Mares

A race with the field rated from 89-110 in what looked a fair renewal for middle distance fillies and mares. 

Miss Marjurie followed up her recent win at Goodwood as she just got up to nab victory from Wonderstruck,both were clear of Lady Tiana and Taldama. 

Miss Marjurie was registering her fifth career win here on her first trip outside of the southern racing region, Trainer Dennis Oakley will no doubt be thinking about the Lancashire Oaks next July as will Wonderstruck’s trainer William Haggas. 

One disappointment came in joint favourite Queen Of Ice who made the early running before getting headed and trailing in last,she is better than this and can be forgiven. 

2.35 Timeform App Jury Stakes,Group 3,7f,4yo+

The Lockinge form was given a nice boost here as the 4yo Cable Bay recorded his first win since his maiden 2yo win at Leicester,sitting behind the pace setters he led over a furlong out and kept up to his work by Jamie Spencer to hold off the staying on Ascription and Absolutely So. 

Cable Bay has kept good form and deserved his big pay day,the major 7f races shall be his main races during the season although he could also take his chances on the sprinting scene too as he doesn’t look as though he stays a mile. 

Ascription is more of a miler,Absolutley So will come on for the run. 

3.10 888Sport Achillies Stakes,Listed,5f,3yo+

10yo Kingsgate Native rolled back the years here as he showed the youngsters how to do it by denying the hat trick seeking Out Do by over one and a quarter lengths who in turn hung on from Speed Hawk and Canny Kool. 

Listed company looks to suit old Kingsgate Native nowadays,he is the type of horse you like to see win even it means beating your selection,he will be missing Ascot but anything at Listed and Group Three will be his best, Out Do is better over 6f and could go to the Chipchase at Newcastle, Canny Kool was the only 3yo in this and has plenty to offer 


Kingsgate Native and Graham Lee

3.45 888Sport Sandy Lane Stakes,Group 2,6f,3yo

All eyes were on the unbeaten Limato from Henry Candy’s yard as this upgraded race acted as a stepping stone for the new Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. 

However Limato found himself in second spot as recent Newbury victor Adaay under Paul Hannagan for William Haggas got the better of him by a length with New Providence and Markaz behind them closely followed by Mattmu in fifth. 

Adaay was sent off 6-1 third favourite and had been placed third behind Limato as a 2yo and at Ascot first time out this season, both should head off for their race with the toffs and snobs at Royal Ascot in the Commonwealth Cup 

New Providence,the only filly in this race when with huge credit and will have enhanced her paddock value here,despite yet to win this season she runs with purpose, Markaz in fourth could be better in trip, Mattmu in fifth is also consistent and should pick something up this season. 

4.20 Racing UK Anywhere Available Now Handicap,Class 4,6f,3yo (0-85)

Don’t Touch made it two from two to give Paul Hannagan his fourth of the day here although it was far from easy. 
Tracking the main leaders he came through with his challenge in the last furlong and led with half a furlong to go and he just clung on by a head from Red Tycoon who was finishing his race well, Awjab and Billyoakes came third and fourth. 

Plenty to like about Don’t Touch,he had to work for this off his mark of 85, York in a fortnight may be a target but he looks a sprinter who could offer more, Red Tycoon finally got off the mark in an Ayr maiden last month, he has slowly improved this spring, Awjab in third looks like he will be better as a sprinter, this is a race that could throw a few good ones up. 

4.55 Walsh IBS Handicap,Class 4,1m,4yo+ (0-80)

A competitive race for the grade but not the classiest. 

Local winners are always welcome at there local courses and for trainer John David Riches who trains in Pilling,Lancs, he saddled Gambino under the steerage of Conor Beasley to give Janaab a 2.75 length defeat into second,  second favourite Illusive was a length back in joint third with Dark Ocean who both dead heated. 

Gambino ran here last month when third over course and distance off the same mark of 69, always a level of consistency Gambino will be a regular in one mile handicaps around the North, he may be aimed at something like either the Carlisle Bell or its consolation race next month. 

Janaab looks held at the moment,Dark Ocean has only ever won at Pontefract and Illusive should be winning soon but maybe better upped to 10f. 


A top days racing then, Highlight for many has to be Kingsgate Native has he rolled back the years and while Limato lost his unbeaten tag he should make up into a top sprinter. 

Next weekend is Derby Day but I shall be at Worcester for some summer jumping action. 

Plenty of flat racing to come this summer including a trip to the Anniversary Games in London at the end of July. 

Until then,Goodbye

Haydock Park,Betfred Temple Stakes and Silver Bowl Day,Saturday 23rd May 2015

Haydock Park was bathed in glorious sunshine for a top quality card with Pattern races mixed in with competitive handicaps for a seven race card. 

The feature race was the Group Two Temple Stakes which for this year did not form part of the Sprint Series of the British Champions as the new Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot took its place. 

Seven races then on a huge weekend of sport with something for everybody right across the board. 


Sunshine at Haydock


1.25 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap,Class 3,1m4f,3yo (0-95)

It was hats off to a Royal winner here as Fabricate gave The Queen a nice payout of £12,450 which will no doubt help by a nice christening present for Charlotte!

Held up early doors Fabricate made his move down the straight and took over with 2f under Adam Kirby and ran on well to beat Hernandoshideaway by 1.75 lengths, no doubt Royal Ascot beckons in either the King George V Hcap or possibly a step up in trip and go for the Queen’s Vase,he is a nice improving type. 



2.00 Betfred Membership ‘Play Your Way’ Handicap,Class 2,2m,4yo+ (0-105)

Ascot Stakes and Northumberland Plate clues here in a competitive staying contest   

Brian Eliison got a one-two here, Seamour led them home under the very useful Ben Curtis, making his handicap debut this unexposed 4yo has won over this trip over hurdles at Wetherby back over Christmas but it looks likely that a flat career will be his main form of employment,going in here of 85 he needs to go up a bit more to make the cut for the Plate but he has plenty to offer as a stayer. 

Totalise was second and this was his best run over 2m but he is better over a bit shorter,last years runner up Nearly Caught came third and he is still held by the handicapper,Suegioo back in fourth ran much better than he did in the Chester Cup but still needs dropping a bit. 



2.35 Betfred Mobile Silver Bowl Handicap,Class 2,1m,3yo. 

As usual plenty of improving types in this popular Haydock handicap, it was all about one horse here and that was last months impressive Sandown winner Mutarakez and he made it two from two this season as he got through to lead in the last 75yds to just get the better of Gorring by three parts of a length who in turn hung on by a neck from Carry On Deryck. 

Mutarakez is continuing on the upgrade and the 10lb rise from his Sandown win didn’t make much difference,Next months Brittania at Ascot would be the obvious choice but he should be capable of holding his own in Pattern company and should also be worth trying over 1m2f as he looks more than capable of staying a bit further. 

Gorring was making his handicap debut and hopefully the handicapper won’t overreact,he should pick something up soon. 

One horse who disappointed was top weight Salateen who trailed in last,hard to explain why he flopped,maybe he will be better come the second half of the season but his St James’ Palace entry probably looks a little silly after this. 

3.10 Betfred TV EBF Stallion Stakes,Listed,6f,3yo+ Fillies and Mares. 

A competitive enough race for the grade which gave plenty of chances for gaining valuable black type. 

The bookies gain here as 28-1 outsider Blhadawa under Luke Morris got the better of Interception and the 3yo Explosive Lady, sitting in the peleton she led over a furlong  out to WN by 0.75 lengths with the first time cheekpieces, it was her third career win and her first on turf, rated 10lb lower than the runner up it will be interesting to see if she can repeat this elsewhere. 

Interception progressed well in handicaps last year as a 3yo,she could pick a nice prize somewhere,Explosive Lady was the only 3yo in this field and back in her own age she deserves something and looks to have trained on. 

Gathering Power was in a far easier race than last weeks Duke Of York,she was over six lengths back in sixth,the ground may have been against her and would prefer a bit of juice in the ground. 

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

Not part of Champions Series but to be fair this looked a pretty wide open renewal especially with Sole Power being absent. 

Pearl Secret made the breakthrough at Group level but only just as Jack Dexter who had bad luck when challenging was coming with a real rattle at the finish and only went down by a neck, Wind Fire the 4yo filly was half a length behind to give her paddock value a bit more worth.   

Pearl Secret had won a couple of Listed events and this 6yo entire will now head along with a fair few others here to the Kings Stand at Royal Ascot,doubtful he could follow up but the Nunthorpe and the Abbaye will also be on the target list. 

Jack Dexter is a lot better over 6f but the stiff 5f at Ascot will suit him,expect to see him here in September. 

Wind Fire can pick something up in the summer,Danzeno came fourth but could be better moving back up to 6f. 

4.20 Betfred ‘Still Treble Odds On Lucky 15’s’ Handicap,Class 3,6f,4yo+ (0-90)

A usual wide open northern sprint here and David O’Meara (pronounced O Mara) continued his fine run of form as Danny Tudhope steered Eccleston to get the better of My Name Is Rio in which the first six home were covered by just over a length. 

O’Meara who is adept at improving horses could eek a bit of improvement,Eccleston was dropped 3lb after his last race and got the extra furlong quite well,Ascot might not be his target but possibly one of the big sprints at Newcastle’s Plate Festival would be more realistic. 

Panther Patrol fell as the race was warming up but came back after being attended to by the vets. 

4.55 Betfred Big Five O For Jackie Handicap,Class 3,7f,3yo (0-95)

An impressive win for Amazour here on his handicap debut, he found trouble in running but Martin Harley managed to weave a passage and ran on with purpose,going in here off 89 this Ismail Mohammed trained 3yo has a more than useful future and could even get 1m in time. 

Ticks The Boxes also tried 7f for the first time and reversed the positions from his Newmarket race when Navigate finished ahead of him when both finished down the field. 


A well deserved drink for Amazour

A good days racing here at Haydock, back here again next Saturday with some good Group racing and tough handicaps to solve. 

Until then,Goodbye. 

Haydock Park,Swinton Hurdle Day,Saturday 9th May 2015

The best of both worlds came to Haydock today as we wave goodbye to the jumpers and welcome the full return of the flat for next few months. 

It was Swinton Hurdle day with a mix of races from 6f to 3m on the flat and over hurdles and fences, seven races with a mix of something for everyone that follows this sport. 

Weather wise it began with light rain then brightened up as the day went on. 

1.45 Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle,Class 2,3m,12 flights,4yo+
A confidence boosting win for No Planning who signed off for the season in style,a fair novice chaser last season he has struggled over fences and this will have done him the world of good, making all under Sean Quinlan he fought off the challenge thrown down by Tom Scudamore on Alternatif after the last to hold him by a length,both finished ahead of The Govaness and Pearl Swan. 

No Planning could well be aimed at the big 3m Fixed Brush here in November on Betfair Chase day as he seems happier over timber than birch. 

Alternatif looked to stay 3m and has more to offer next season,The Govaness ran well off top weight and connections will look to gain black type while Pearl Swan ran a PB  

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

Just the five but an eventful contest,Ben Curits on Gerry The Glover did a real over the top ride as he avoided the hustle and bustle up the inside to come round the outer in th last furlong to get the better of Firmament by 1.25 lengths who in turn was a short head in front of Storm Rock, Tadqeeq the 7/4f was back in fourth. 

Hard to evaluate this race,Storm Rock who was third had trouble in running up the straight as Tadqeeq kept him boxed in up the rail and could not get out and both had a coming together around 2f out, Tadqeeq was perfectly entity to keep his position though.  

Gerry The Glover along with a few in this may be back in a few weeks for the Silver Bowl over the same track and trip. 

Tadqeeq is a costly horse to follow,Storm Rock and Firmament should be winning races soon. 

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

Only four in this sprint and it was a case of the first two home tracked the leading two and went past them in the last furlong. 

Clear Spring was the one who took the spoils under jockey change Franny Norton,he ran on gamely to win his 10th race on his 38th start,he isn’t up to Group level but always a reliable type,this was his first win in a non handicap. 

Runner up Intibah will come on for the run,he won this last year and was fifth in the Champions Sprint at Ascot,should be more to come during the summer but he needs soft, Louis The Pious ran a poor race in last but wait for him in the second half of the season. 

3.25 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle,Grade 3,2m,9 flights,4yo+

The first big race of the new jumps season resulted in a bloodless victory for the Philip Hobbs trained War Sound under young Ciaran Gethings (7), always going well he led at the third last flight and ran on gamely finishing 3.25 lengths ahead of race regular Barizan who was coming with a wet sail at the end but couldn’t not get there in time,Song Light,Ballyglasheen and The Plan Man were all involved in the battle for the place money but the winner had plenty in hand when he got first run. 

War Sound was having his fifth start over hurdles and only a second in a handicap,The trainer said the Silver Trophy at Chepstow in October will be his next run before a chasing career,this 6yo has plenty more to offer. 

Barizan comes alive in this race so that’s him done until next year,Somg Light could well be Market Rasen bound in July,Ballyglasheen looks likely to be stepped up in distance, The Plan Man is only five and Tony Martin will have fun with him, 


War Sound

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

A tight race on the ratings with the six runners rated 90-105. 

That Is The Spirit gained a real confidence boost here as he made all under Graham Gibbons to fend off Dusky Queen who did her best to get close but could not get past a very impressive winner. 

David O’Meara will have been very happy with this,he struggled after winning his first three on the bounce last season and should do better this season over 6-7f, one obvious race would be the John O’Gaunt here in a few weeks over the same course and distance. 

Connections of Dusky Queen will be delighted to have gained some Black Type and they will be after gaining some more, Penitent in third was giving away weight. 


That Is The Spirit

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

Big Casino proved to be the joker in the pack and showed his love of Northern England as he made all under Sam Twiston-Davies for father Nigel to gain a second win over fences,his other wins over jumps have been at Carlisle and Cartmel, the retained visor helped a lot. 

Top weight Cloud Creeper gave chase to the winner but it’s possible the handicapper may have just got him,he was five lengths behind the winner.  

Third spot went to Reynoldstown winner Ainsi Fideles,the trip was to short and he is probably in need of a rest now,only five its a worry if he has peaked already as a chaser,I can see David Pipe possibly getting him ready for one of the October chases at Cheltenham 


Big Casino

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

Glen Countess gave  Sean Quinlan and Sue Smith a first and last race double here as the 8yo mare having her first run in 497 days easily cruised home. 

As expected Noble Legend tried to make all but after getting headed early doors he dropped the bit and sulked before being pulled up at the end of the back straight, turning for home Glen Countess was already in front and began to turn the screw and there was only one winner,she ended up being seven lengths ahead of Habbie Simpson who plugged on through beaten horses for second. 

For the future Glen Countess should be turning up at Doncaster in December for the Mares’ Chase even though that’s a long way off unless any summer options can be found


Glen Countess

Some good racing here,Swinton day is always enjoyable and a chance for both codes to mix, pity we don’t have more of them in the year. 

Next racing will be the Temple Stakes here in a fortnight, till then Thanks for reading. 

Doncaster Races,Betdaq Raceday,Saturday 2nd May 2015

The Town Moor for a Saturday evening card in conditions that were a bit overcast after some light rain. 

Seven races were the order of the day with the feature being the Class 2 Handicap over 7f. 

Crowd wise it was a bit small but with many other events most namely the Tour De Yorkshire being on the people of Yorkshire were well catered for regarding live sport over the bank holiday weekend. 


The Town Moor


5.10 Park Hill Private Hospital Apprentice Handicap,Class 4,1m6f 132yds,4yo+ (0-85) 

An eventful race as two horses,Mister Fizz and Sweetheart Abbey came down around the home turn,thankfully both horses and jockeys returned safely. 

Sheriff Of Nawton under the highly regarded Josh Doyle took the honours,avoiding the carnage he travelled well and won easily in the end over a length and a quarter from the favourite Comedy King. 

The winner made it his second win of the turf season having won here in March over 10f off a mark of 70,today he went in off 82 and is in good heart, Comedy King should have a race in him but being a gelding with Luca Cumani he could end up hurdling should he get sold. 


Sheriff Of Nawton

5.45 Jock Murray Memorial Handicap,Class 4,1m6f 132yds ,4yo+ (0-85)

A change of tactics worked the oracle on Samtu as he made all under Paul Pickard and gave Brian Ellison another winner to supplement Balty Boys win at Newmarket which were two of a four timer today 

Making all he stayed on well and going in off 71 he was only 2lb higher than his  win at Southwell back in March, Runner up Wordiness tried to follow up his recent Newbury win but found the drop back in trip a bit to much, in third was Earls Quarter who is a little bit one paced on the flat. 

6.15 betdaq.com £20 Free Bet & 3% Comm Maiden,Class 5,5f,2yo

All eyes were on the Richard Fahey trained Birchwood here and he got off to a winning start, despite being a bit green and not getting the best start he soon got the hang of things and ran on to get the better of Secret Ambition by 0.75 lengths. 

He will come on a ton for this race and could well end up in something like the Woodcote at Epsom or the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot, he has plenty of speed about him. 

Secret Ambition improved a lot for his recent run,he should find a maiden somewhere but just found one too good here. 

6.45 Cash Out On The Betdaq+ App Handicap,Class 2,7f,3yo,(0-105)

A top notch event with plenty of improving 3yo in it.  

Realtra,a filly who kept good company as a 2yo,running in races like the Lowther and the Redcar 2yo Trophy she clearly benefited from the winter break with a fine win here to give Richard Fahey and Tony Hamilton a quick double 

Held up early doors she made good headway and ran on well to get the better of Misterioso by three parts of a length, Auspicion and Strong Chemistry were back in third and fourth. 

A lot to like about Realtra here,connections will no doubt try to get some Black Type with her,she should find a bit more improvement.the trip was fine and she should get a mile in time. 

Misterioso was much happier back on turf while the third and fourth will be better going up in trip 

Runners coming back in

7.15 betdaq.com Serious About Horses Handicap,Class 3,6f,4yo+ (0-90)

Three on the bounce for the Ruth Carr trained Meshardal who rallied down the stands rail under James Sullivan, winning at Catterick and Thirsk off 70 and 74 he went in here off 78 and being in good heart there could still be more to offer before the handicapper gets a hold,Races like the Great St Wilfrid and the various Ayr Cups are no doubt running through Ruth Carr at the moment with regards to Meshardal 

Love Island was the runner up,this was a bit of a shock as she normally needs a run first time out,she hasn’t won since 2013 and deserves to pick a race up this season, Tiger Jim ran a cracker in third and will be better back up to 7f/1m after this. 

Meshardal comes back in

7.45 Betdaq 50% Comm Back First 3 Months Maiden,Class 5,6f,3-4yo

A professional performance from the Martyn Meade trained Scalzo,under Fergus Sweeney  he ran out a nice winner and could have a fair future depending what mark he gets of the handicapper. 

He finished 4.5 lengths ahead of 40-1 debutant Fooland whose jockey Nathan Alison mistook the winning post but kept his position, back in third was odds on favourite Spiriting who could never land a blow,he may be better going up in trip to 7f or 1m but at the moment he is a very expensive horse to follow. 

8.15 Betdaq £200 Games Bonus Handicap,Class 5,6f110yds,3yo (0-75)
A very competitive heat with plenty of potential improving speedsters. 

Hayley Turner’s only rode of the meeting proved to be a winning one as she steered the Richard Hannon trained  filly Tohfa to victory on her handicap debut. 

After a poor run on soft ground last time out at Pontefract she appreciated the quicker ground,coming to lead with 3f left she kept finding extra and just got the better of Secret Spirit by a neck with favourite Commodore 1.25 lengths behind them in third spot. 

Tohfa was certainly at home on the quicker surface,winning off 74 she has plenty more to offer. 


Tofah coming back in

A nice evening of racing then,plenty of useful horses look set to come on from this meeting as the season goes on. 

This Saturday coming its Swinton Hurdle Day at Haydock,a real mix of flat,hurdles and fences from 6f to 3m. 

Until then Goodbye from me