Ripon Races,Saturday 13th August 2016,William Hill Great St.Wilfrid Day

Ripon held the usual pre Ebor traditional starter course as the top sprint handicappers did battle at the Garden Racecourse in their flagship Great St Wilfrid. 

For fans of racing this was the place to be on a sunny afternoon albeit with a few grey clouds that peered over without feeling the need to drench the punters,also this was the only course that had no need for a pop concert apart from the traditional brass band bringing back memories of the much missed Terry Wogan with continual renditions of The Floral Dance!

Yorkshire kept the prize in the county as Bryan Smart and Connor Beasley got the edge in a thrilling finish to the Great St Wilfrid on the 7yo Nameitwhatyoulike who made all and just held off from Intisaab and Baccarat in a thrilling finish,making only his third start of the season he loves the place and all roads could now lead to Scotland for the big 6f Ayr Gold Cup, for Connor this was a much deserved success after his appalling injuries sustained at Wolverhampton last year. 


In the consolation race joint top weight Roudee just got his head up on the line for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote,the return to a straight 6f seemed to work the oracle here as he just got the better of Mishaal and Rex Imperator, he is likely to be in the mix in the big sprint handicaps over the next few seasons. 

Tim Easterby rarely goes home empty handed and Rachel Richardson’s decision to stay up the inner on the ever game mare Brekable proved the right choice in the 1m handicap,a winner at Carlisle two starts ago she is consistent at this level and her mark of 87 looks set for a step into the 90s,she stayed on gamely just three parts ahead of Abushamah. 

Breakable and Rachel Richardson

Phijee maybe a phonetically spelling of his South Sea Island counterparts followed on from his namesakes win in the Rugby Sevens in a well known sporting festival currently taking part in South America but this William Muir trained 2yo landed the Ripon Hornblower in workmanlike fashion and could come back here for a crack at the 2yo Trophy over the Bank Holiday,just edging out the filly Madam Dancealot he is a tough type who looks to just do enough. 

Phijee has a well earned drink

The opening race of the afternoon,a 2yo maiden auction had a wide open look to it and went the way of the useful looking Robben Rainbow from David Barron’s yard who clearly had learnt a lot from his debut run at Hamilton and ran on quite costly here,he does hold an entry at York on Thursday in a sales race. 

Robben Rainbow coming back in

Trainer Michael Bell had a nice winner in the fillies handicap over 1m2f with the consistent Bocking End running out a nine length Victor over Lincoln Rocks,going in off 77 she looks sure for a fair hike from the handicapper and connections will no doubt be trying to gain some black type for this Bill Gredley owned filly. 

Bocking End

Richard Fahey went home in the last race on a winner with Theos Lolly digging in to land the 1m4f handicap and in the process doing the bookies a favour by beating 6/5f Icefall by 1.5 lengths, a winner over 1m at Pontefract this season he was unlucky here two runs back and seems to stay this trip well  

Coming back in after the last


Stoney Broke,3yo filly came last in the 1m2f handicap but she is still learning and can be forgiven here. 

Fendale,4yo was fifth in the consolation race and deserves his day soon  

Haydock Park Races,Saturday 6th August 2016,Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes Day

Ladies Day at Haydock Park brought plenty of people out into the sunshine and while most of the sporting world is looking towards a certain event going on in South America, #rule40, for fans of horse racing the classiest race meeting of the day was here inbetween Manchester and Liverpool. 

On a busy programme the afternoons feature race was the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes over 1m2f and this went to Royal Artillery who had a real battle against the Godolphin runner Scottish just getting past the long time leader in the last furlong,trained by John Gosden who saddled two in the race Royal Artilery is slowly coming along and should be even better at 4 next year. 

Aljazzi returned from her break since finishing down the field in the 1000 Guineas to just get up to win the Dick Hern Fillies’ Stakes over 1m by a neck from Mix and Mingle and Pirouette in second and third, jockey Andrea Atzeni did very well on this filly having missed the break and she will get 1m2f in time


Opening race was a competitive mile handicap for the London Mile qualifying series and Treasury Notes from David O’Meara added to his two Ripon wins here as he stayed on well under Danny Tudhope,he could head to York for something at the Ebor meeting and looks to have plenty more to offer. 

Treasury Notes

Jockey Emma Sayer gained a £20,000 bonus in the inaugural Ladies’ Trophy over 1m4f as she guided the Brian Ellison trained I Am Not Here to the winners enclosure,he did well to lead in the last 75 yards and looked far happier on the return to turf after a poor run at Kempton on Monday,this was his highest winning mark off 75, Emma Sayer won a race at Carlisle’s ladies meeting on Monday evening which qualified her for the bonus. 

Odds on favourite Gershwin did the bookies a good turn when he got beat by the Sir Michael Stoute trained Abdon in the Class 2 1m2f handicap who was making his first since finishing down the field at Royal Ascot,a useful prospect who is slowly coming to hand he should prove to be more than a handicapper in time,Gershwin travelled well but couldn’t fully pick up,he might be an ideal Cambridgshire sort. 

Two sprint handicaps concluded the day,in the 6f race Normandy Barriere gained his second win of the season after finishing runner up at Ascot in the ladies race on King George Day,he could pop up at Ripon maybe for the Great St Wilfrid as he won with a bit in hand here otherwise a trip to Ayr next month looks a logical step and in the concluding 5f handicap favourite backers went home happy but only just as Outrage pipped his nose on the line after his 9lb hike from winning at Yarmouth last month. 

A furlong to go in the last

This Saturday the Wattyracing roadshow takes to the road as he head to Ripon for the Great St Wilfrid,a real dash for the cash. 


Pirouette,3yo trained by Hughie Morrison,3rd in the Dick Hern she should pick up more black type soon

Explain,4yo typical Ruth Carr sort who pays his way,he’s 4lb above his last winning mark but has a race in him soon. 
Until next week Goodbye