Haydock Park, Saturday 29th May 2021, Betway Bank Holiday Saturday

Much nicer weather ensured a decent turnout for Saturday’s Bank Holiday meeting at Haydock, some decent racing including some Group and a Listed race along with traditionallly tricky handicaps including one which had a sixteen runner field on television!

That said let’s take a look at the best of the action from yesterday afternoon

Kinross Lands First Gaunt For Frankie & Ralphy

It is very rare that Frankie Dettori would only have two rides on a Saturday afternoon especially when making the long trek from his Newmarket home to Haydock but of those two races he had mounts in he made sure that he didn’t go home empty handed as he rode Kinross for Ralph Beckett to land the feature race of the afternoon the John Of Gaunt Stakes.

A very strong looking Group 3 over 7f he came through to lead just as the furlong pole came in sight and from that Kinross began to pull readily away, fresh from an unsuccessful visit to Dubai in the winter Kinross had been given plenty of rest and subsequently gelded, he looks an out an out 7f horse so looks likely to be aimed towards Goodwood in the summer and maybe France too.

Chasing him home in second was the Jessica Harrington trained Njord who gave a very good account of himself and it won’t be long before he lands a nice race back at a mile, Glorious Journey was also eye catching in third and will come on plenty for the run.

Popular Haydock horse Safe Voyage ran another poor race finishing out at the back, he doesn’t seem the same horse at the moment and he may be giving signs that he fancies retirement.

Flying Frankie!

Royal Winner For Murphy

Oisin Murphy may well have been suffering from toothache but that didn’t stop last seasons top jockey from drilling home the Queen’s King’s Lynn from getting the better of Moss Gill in the Listed Achillies Stakes over 5f to give himself the perfect anaesthetic although the only crown Oisin may be getting at the moment will be from the riding dentist Sam Waley-Cohen as opposed to Her Majesty.

On paper a very wide open race with eleven horses rated 87 to 107 and King’s Lynn who came here having chased home El Astronaute at Chester reversed the form and in what has been very tricky times for Her Majesty this will have certainly put a smile on her face and also make her need to find a bit of space for the glass jug given as her owners prize along with the £16487 for first place.

A visit to Royal Ascot might be on the cards for the Kings Stand next month although having to get the better of Battaash will be asking for even more improvement but this 4yo hasn’t had much racing and still has more to give off this running.

King’s Lynn

Candy Sweet On Lune

A return visit to Haydock in July is almost certain for La Lune as she followed up her recent win in the Nottinghamshire Oaks by breezing home to land the G3 Pinnacle Stakes over 1m4f.

Certainly not a strong renewal of this race by any means but La Lune is far better form than last year and this 5yo mare made it two from two this season to give her some more black type and to put her in the picture for the Lancashire Oaks in which would be the more logical choice of race.

Always travelling easy behind the pace she only had to be pushed out to win with a bit in hand under David Probert.

La Lune

Best Of The Rest

Mo Celita won her fifth race on the bounce for trainer Adrian Nicholls as she did a carbon copy of last weekends course and distance win, raised 7lb from last week but with Laura Coughlan’s very useful 5lb claim the pair at the moment have a great partnership and both could well be York bound in a fortnight for the big 6f sprint for 3yo’s and another alternative is for the owners to swap the flat caps for top hats and have a go in the Jersey Stakes over 7f.

In the opening 1m4f handicap Quickthorn in the colours of Lady Blyth won a tricky looking race fairly easily under Oisin Murphy, making his season reappearance he should have more to offer this summer and it’d be no shock to see a hurdling career in the offing later on.

Blackthorn

Another Super Saturday of excellent racing at Haydock Park, considering this is the traditional time when we have the Derby coming up before Royal Ascot the quality of the racing did hold up nicely as a crowd of 3,000 had a relaxing afternoon in the sun.

After two successive Saturday racedays we now take our usual June break unless anything else comes in so until next time do tske care and stay safe.

Haydock Park, Saturday 22nd May 2021, Casumo Temple Stakes Day

Finally after a long fifteen month absence during which the world as we know it had a bit of fisticuffs with a virus that could potentially have wiped humanity off the face of the earth, racegoers finally returned to the North West as Haydock Park opened the gates to a decent seven race card on day two of the second May meeting.

Beach Asscends To Temple Summit

John Quinn has been no stranger to the Haydock winners enclosure in recent years and this afternoon proved no exception as his 4yo filly Liberty Beach put in a power packed performance to land the feature G2 Temple Stakes over 5f, straight out from the stalls she was head down and went through the soft Haydock ground at full pelt, she did have to fend off the attentions of Ainsdale in the last half furlong or so but the line just came in time win by a diminishing neck.

Liberty Beach,2021 Temple Stakes

She will most definitely head off to the Royal meeting next month for a face off with Battaash in the Kings Stand and while she has a few lengths to make up on him from Goodwood last year she will give a good account of herself but ground wise Liberty Beach definitely prefers some juice in the ground, Longchamp in October will also be another main aim for her in the autumn.

Ainsdale back in second was very unlucky not to get up on the line just going down by a neck and can certainly take a hand in the big sprints this year although going off this race he will be far better at 6f.

Rohaan Hits The Note In Sandy Lane

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On the equine front Rohaan was very lucky not have been robbed of the Sandy Lane Stakes as he made it a second turf win of the season just hanging on from the fast finishing Dragon Symbol in a thrilling finish.

David Evans is always someone who can produce a quality horse when given one and Rohaan was following up from his recent win in the G3 Pavilion Stakes at Ascot, sadly he isn’t eligible for the Commonwealth Cup due to being a gelding but other options will certainly be available later on with possibilities of the Wokingham and the Jersey Stakes being mentioned in dispatches.

Rohaan, 2021 Sandy Lane Stakes

Jack Bowls Perfect End In Bowl

Haydock’s Silver Bowl is always a competitive race for three year olds and this years proved to be just that as Roger Varian landed his second winner of the meeting here with Raadobarg who made his handicap debut a winning one with an excellent win in the race, always going kindly in the heavy ground he put the race to bed in the last two furlongs keeping runner up Seasett firmly at bay.

Already a winner of two novice events at Leicester and Thirsk this term Raadobarg is clearly worth more than this winning mark of 88 and will be in the mid 90s for sure when he gets reassessed, Royal Ascot looks to be his next stop for the Brittania should the rain keep itself in the UK and still being an entire some black type will be sought after too.

Raadobarg, Silver Bowl winner

As for the best of the rest, Oisin Murphy rode a double on the day in the first two races, in the opening 1m4f handicap for 3yo he rode Classic Lord to victory in what looked a tight race then thirty minutes later performing miracles to get Molls Memory on the line in the 7f handicap and in the staying handicap over 2m jockey Jason Hart who was successful in the Temple Stakes landed the spoils on Frankenstella.

For sports fans from this part of the world though it was just good to be back on a racecourse again, it will be a long way till full normality is resumed but with the vaccination programme going great guns at the moment then come mid summer more people will be allowed to dig out the summer dresses and smart suits which for most of 2020 were all stuck in hibernation and saw less daylight than Count Dracula on a summer holiday in Ibiza!

Providing the weather stays good after a deluge that sent the local animals down to the local DIY centre to start building a big ship and put an advert out for experienced sailors, we will be back at Haydock next Saturday afternoon, till then goodbye and it’s just sooo good to be back!

The End Is In Sight!

Monday 17th May 2021

A date which to many is just another date like any other, the 137th date in the Gregorian Calendar in 1850 Anne Of Denmark was crowned Queen of Scotland, in 1955 the actor Bill Paxton was born as was Andrea Corr in 1974 but for the many millions of people in the UK it means only one thing.

Crowds can return to stadiums,theatres,cinemas and go to the pub!

Now it’s been a very long time in the wilderness for many of us, in fact when we do set foot on the racecourse for the first time (mine will be Haydock this upcoming Friday and Saturday) it will almost certainly seem different from the last time we were all on one.

Hopefully this resumption will be a successful one and while it won’t be quite the same due to certain things like only being allowed to have a beer sat down which is no bad thing as it will definitely discourage the rowdy behaviour that has creeped into the sport over the years especially the summer.

What is important is that this must go ahead without a glitch, the sport has had mixed news coverage this spring such as the behaviour of a certain Gordon Elliot but most notably with Rachael Blackmore who has been a shining beacon of light for us all looking for a positive in the sport and yes viewing figures during lockdown on ITV have been increasing and hopefully will continue to do so.

Like many others i am eager to set foot back on my local, on Monday at 1pm Carlisle will probably experience a mini Cheltenham like roar as jockeys and most notably quite a lot of the horses running over the next few months will experience the sound of the crowd like it’s something new, it’s important that we all play our part in how we behave and act on the course so that rather than have a drop in standards we can become the higher standard that other events with crowds will look up to.

It’s been over 15 months since a meeting was last reviewed on here too so like many i will almost certainly come on for the run next weekend.

Enjoy the resumption wherever it is that you go and wether it’s a racecourse, theatre, rugby stadium or the Dog & Duck let’s let this be the one and only time that crowds had to go through a lockdown!