More Boston Glory For Voyage
Owner Ross Harmon would certainly have had more than a feeling that Safe Voyage would repeat his win of last years Betway Old Boston Handicap over 7f and thats exactly what his 6yo charge did as he duly obliged to kick off his season in fine style under Jason Hart.
Run in very wet conditions which resembled the sort of weather usually seen at Haydock Park’s winter fixtures he stayed on strongly off a much bigger mark than last year of 103, this was only his 17th career race and should offer more, lightly raced last season he could come back in two weeks for the Spring Trophy over 7f which will have a much smaller field, he is an out and out 7f horse but make no mistake his trainer John Quinn will have bigger things in mind for him
The other big race of the day came in the Betway Edge Green Handicap over 1m which had a very competitive look about it and it should throw up plenty of future winners.
This years renewal went the way of the Simon Crisford trained Mordin who hadn’t been spotted since being runner up in last season’s Cambridgeshire, he did have to work for this but picked up when he needed to, he will have even more bigger days this season in the good 1m-1m2f races and is a solid yardstick.
That win was the meat in the sandwich for a hat trick of wins for Pat Cosgrave who also landed a win for Godolphin in Div 1 of the 1m Novice Stakes for 3yo fillies on Search For Light who could more than useful on what was her first ever race and in the finale on the Richard Price trained Bristol Missile.
Finally Mick Channon looks to have a useful prospect on his hands with Severance who put up the most impressive performace of the day to take the 1m4f Novice event for 3yo, very keen early on he took the lead after the first half mile or so from which he galloped some useful sorts into submission, this colt by Nathaniel looks every inch a stayer in the making and could get slightly further in time, Make My Day chased him home albeit seven lenghts behind and can pick a race of this type up sooner rather than later
Tabassor, 3yo filly, she ran with promise in Div 1 of fhe 1m Novice Stakes for fillies which was arguably the better division and back in third on debut shaped as if she will have learnt plenty.
Knighted, 4yo gelding from Kevin Ryan’s didnt like the soft ground here but was a respectable fifth place, back on a sounder surface he can be winning soon.
Next up in two weeks time its the best of both codes as the first big race of the new jumps season comes up with the Swinton Hurdle plus on the flat the Spring Trophy, till then goodbye