Hello, Is It Youmzain You’re Looking For?
North West England’s only Group One flat race found itself being taken across the other side of the Pennines yesterday afternoon as Hambleton based trainer Kevin Ryan was jumping for joy as Hello Youmzain powered his way to take the Betfair Sprint Cup under James Doyle in the colours of Jaber Abdullah who certainly would have been dancing on the ceiling watching this all night long
On paper this was a top class renewal with plenty of regulars at this level plus horses improving through the sprint races who all deserved to take their chances and from the stalls opening the pace was pretty strong, Hello Youmzain was always to the fore and began to move away from his field in the last furlong, last years winner The Tin Man gave pursuit but the winner had plenty in his favour as the line came up and was a worthy winner.
Successful here in May’s Sandy Lane Stakes over course and distance where he beat talking horse Calyx in good style, Hello Youmzain had been aimed at this race after his Commonwealth Cup third back at Royal Ascot in June and he looked a fresh horse showing plenty of zest as he scorched up the Haydock turf , The Tin Man was another also trained with this race in mind and almost looked like he was going to retain his crown but he was honorable in defeat and given a respectful round of applause from the crowd in the paddock after racing.
Both now look set to do battle in next months Champion Sprint at Ascot on Champions Day on what could potentially be the race of the whole meeting.
Back in third was German raider Waldpfad who enhanced his stallion value very nicely while this step up in grade proved too much for Stewards’ Cup winner Khaadem who trailed home in last spot.
Great Scot The Superior Miler
Tom Dascombe has had a very good festival here over the three days and of all the winner his Malpas based yard have had, none will have been more enjoyable than Great Scot making all to win the Group Three Superior Mile beating some fair sorts in the process.
From the gate his pilot Richard Kingscote got the inside and promptly stayed their and wound up the gallop down the straight, the well fancied Sharja Bridge couldn’t pick up when asked and finished out the back but Great Scot was always going the best of the field.
Already boasting good course form here when taking the Ascendant Stakes las year, Great Scot has been 9th and 4th in the English and German 2000 Guineas this season and its possible races in France would suit him in easier company or even maybe a visit over to the Dubai Carnival in 2020, he should offer even more as a 4yo and he should stay a little bit further in time.
Pyledriver Shocks Ascendant Field
PJ McDonald picked up another festival win here as he executed hold up tactics to aplomb on 14-1 shot Pyledriver to gain some nice black type when obliging in an intriguing looking Ascendant Stakes over a mile.
In a race full of plenty unexposed types this Royal Lodge entry will probably take up that engagement for trainer William Muir as he stayed on nicely past Sound Of Cannons to pick up the £11,363 first prize, already a 50-1 winner on his debut at Salisbury he was stepped up in trip following a recent 4th of 5 in a Newbury Listed race and he will be a fair enough yardstick next year.
Sound Of Cannons back in second place ran a sound race but ultimately was beaten by a better horse.
The big betting handicap on the card came in the Old Borough Cup for the stayers over 1m6f and this had an exciting finish to it from a race run at a real gallop as Crystal King set a real madcap pace from the stalls opening and despite having a long lead turning for home the peleton reeled him in and we had a real battle between Time To Study and Alright Sunshine with Time To Study just getting the edge on as both warriors past the line.
Time To Study made this two wins on the bounce following a recent win in France at Clarefontaine and all roads will no doubt lead to Newmarket for the Cesarewitch in which he holds an entry and is currently around the 20-1 for the second leg of the autumn double.
Three days of excellent races come to a close and in all probability the end of the turf flat sseason on here, next month will be the first of the many jumps meetings that will be covered from top class to grassroots level.
Till next time, Goodbye