Quite unusual for Haydock we had good to firm ground going into the last Saturday flat meeting of the season which produced some small fields which isn’t quite a shock to be fair and while the card didn’t have any black type races there was a mix of trappy Haydock handicaps and some 2yo races for punters to solve on a warm early autumn afternoon.
Mondammej has had a very busy September with winning here last month when taking the Be Friendly Handicap then after a two week gap in which he was down the field in the Portland he boucned back to form with a real rattle as he just got up to get the better of speedy rival Copper Knight.
Copper Knight as expected on this very fast surface bounced out and the race nearly looked like it was Malton bound for Tim Easterby, however Cam Hardie was getting a real tune out of Mondammej who got past him in the last 50 yards to get the better of him once again.
These two are typical northern sprint handicappers and doubtless both will head to York next month for their valuable 5f handcap, expect them to be battling it out once again.
Golden Nugget For Hannon
After missing most of the summer Nugget picked up where he left off by just landing the 1m handicap under PJ McDonald but its was very close.
In what looked a tight race on paper despite only six runners Nugget whose previous three wins had all been on straight miles got to the front but couldn’t shake off the attentions of third placed Latest Generation and runner up Afaak who very nearly landed the spoils.
Nugget has improved plenty this season most notably when landing the Spring Cup at Newbury back in the spring, taking this off 101 this entire will almost certainly go up in grade although next months Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day will doubtless be a target.
Knight Wins For Knight
Visually the most impressive winner of the afternoon came in the 1m6f handicap as the Sir Mark Prescott trained Summer’s Knight cruised home as he resumed winning ways following his recent effort in the Melrose.
Already a winner of four races this year he found the York race a bit too much but against some very exposed horses he made light work off his 88 rating to land this nicely.
Like many others he will no doubt end up at the sales and the jumping trainers will queueing up like the many idiots who queue up outside Next on Boxing Day to try and grab a bargain for the winter season, he is a horse worth sticking in the trackers.
It was hats off at Haydock and no doubt up at Balmoral Castle the dubonet and gin was poured very quickly as Educator broke his maiden tag at the third time of asking when winning the 1m novice race for juvenile colts and geldings although the line just came up in time for him from the fast finishing debutant Asean Legend.
He holds an entry in the Futurity at Doncaster but that may be a bit much and William Haggas could be better off finishing him for the season and going down the handicap route next season in middle distance races which is where his future most certainly will lie.
In the fillies race for the youngsters we saw an impressive all the way win for Kick On Girl from the George Scott yard who made all to win in what looked a pretty decent contest, she found the step up in trip to 1m no trouble and should make into a good 3yo in 2022.
So another year of flat racing is at an end here, although due to recent events it has been a much shorter one than normal it’s still been great to be back on course after like many being confined to barracks in unsual circumstances.
All being well in October we will be back racing over the sticks and i look forward to you joining me on the journey for that.