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!

Haydock Park,Betfred Bowl and Temple Stakes Day,Saturday 25th May 2013

Quite a rarity today as my local course Haydock Park was bathed in beautiful sunshine for this Bank Holiday weekend Saturday meeting which was the third day of the May Festival here and a decent crowd turned up which was very good due to racing also being held in the North and North West at Chester,Cartmel and York today also. 

 
It was a marathon eight race card here on one of the signature big flat Saturday meetings at Haydock with the feature race being the Group Two Temple Stakes which was the first leg of the sprint division of the QIPCO British Champions Series over the flying 5f which attracted a good quality field of the speedsters. 
 
Also it is worth noting that this meeting today had 23 non runners,many due to the state of the ground which changed from Good to Firm to Firm after race one. 
 
2.10 The Betfred ‘Still Treble Odds’ Handicap 1m 4yo+ 66-80
 
A decent if trappy looking handicap on paper and certainly one that caused a bit of controversy. 
 
First of all the race went to the 8yo Albaqaa who held on by a head in what was a busy day for judge Di Clark as a few photos were called for during the day, Classic Colouri was back in second but was in the eyes of many the winner had jockey David Begin (5) not dropped his hands after mistaking the 1/2 furlong pole as the winning line which meant losing the race with Albaqqa benefitting from the riders lapse in error. 
 
I will happily go on record here and say I backed Classic Colouri so was very annoyed by what the jockey did but the thing with racing is you pay your money and take your chance with every race, the jockey got a 28 day ban for this so he will learn but people makes mistakes in life and lets face it if making mistakes was a sackable offence then everybody would be sacked after about an hour at work. 
 
2.40 The Betfred TV Handicap 1m4f 3yo 86-100 
 
Only five took part but plaudits must go to jockey Cathy Gannon here on her winning ride on Van Percy who came from an unlikely position with a furlong to go after being stuck behind long time leader Blue Wave to just get up on the line to deny him by a nose. 
 
This was a good looking race on paper and so it proved to be, the winner has a good record in the north as his only other win was a 1m maiden at Carlisle and was beaten by Red Runaway who finished fourth back at Chester 15 days ago. 
 
The winner will probably be aimed at Royal Ascot but will probably get further than the 1m4f trip and could be an ideal Melrose type while Blue Wave will be happier in smaller fields like this one today. 
 
Cathy Gannon below with myself after getting her prize from the presentation. 
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3.15 The Betfred Silver Bowl 3yo Open Handicap
 
Five non runners made this just a 10 runner race but still a competitive race in what is always a good quality contest. 
 
After being unlucky in the previous race it was much better fortunes for the Mark Johnston  yard as bottom weight Shebebi made all the running to hold off the challenge of the hat trick seeking Newstead Abbey and Mocenigo in a finish the handicapper would have been proud of. 
 
Code of Honour who was well fancied was slow coming out of the stalls and was never really travelling but he is not one to write off and still has plenty to offer maybe on a surface with a bit of juice in it. 
 
The winner will no doubt be sent to the Brittania at Royal Ascot in which he will have a fair shout in what is always a tough handicap over that straight mile. 
 
3.50 The Betfred Temple Stakes 5f 3yo+ Group Two
 
Two former winners in Sole Power and Kingsgate Native plus top 2yo sprinter from 2012 Reckless Abandon were part of a star studded line up in this fast and furious contest which was the beginning of the sprint division of the British Champions Series. 
 
It was former winner Kingsgate Native who took this on the stands side group of runners to deny Swiss Spirit who was finishing with a real rattle at the end under William Buick who missed the start but made up plenty of ground and only lost out by a neck with the highly regarded 3yo Reckless Abandon back in third and red hot favourite Sole Power back in fourth no doubt to the delight of the bookies. 
 
Kingsgate Native has always been a quality horse but has struggled to hold his form at times and this showed as this win was his first in three years. 
 
The second Swiss Spirit seems to have found improvement for John Gosden and could well be joining Sole Power in the Kings Stand on Day One at Royal Ascot where no doubt a good contingent of sprinters from the UK and all over the world will be having a go at picking some serious dough up. 
 
Reckless Abandon ran a cracking race back in third for his first go at dining at the top table and it is highly likely he will end up in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over 6f which will be his ideal trip in sprints and is one to keep an eye on. 
 
4.20 The Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap Div 1 6f 4yo+ 71-85
 
A local winner here for Eric Alston as Chester Arostocrat took the first division of this contest just by holding off the challenge of Saloomy by 0.5 lengths with Taurus Twins running a PB for 2013 who deserves a win but the handicapper needs to drop a few more pounds to do so. 
 
The winner is a nice type and only 4 so can still improve off this although his rating of 74 will be going up very quickly. 
 
Back in fifth was the well fancied Polar Venture who is better than this run but has much better form and has indeed done all his winning on the Polytrack at Lingfield. 
 
4.55 The Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap Div 2 6f 4yo+ 71-85
 
One for the bookies here as Bonnie Charlie won at odds of 33-1 to hold off the consistent Meandmyshadow by a short head with back in third the winner of this division as this race was split last year Mappin Time who ran a cracker off a 1lb lower mark than when winning this last year. 
 
This was a typical northern sprint handicap with the usual whose turn is it today look to it. 
 
5.30 The Betfred Mobile Casino Handicap 7f 4yo+ 76-90
 
A nice looking race here which went to Redvers from the Newmarket yard of Ed Vaughan on his second start of the season after running a credible fifth in the Victoria Cup at Ascot just two weeks ago, he met trouble in running but got out in time and booked himself a shot at the Royal Hunt Cup at the Royal Meeting should he get an entry for it. 
 
Back in second was Zacynthus who has good form over 7f and could be aimed for the Carlisle Bell over 1m which could be tailor made for him with Al Muheer in third who stayed on well but still needs dropping a bit in the weights to get his win. 
 
6.00 The Betfred ‘Bonus King Bingo’ Handicap 7f 3yo 81-95
 
Just the six in this and it was the first time hood which helped the Roger Charlton trained So Beloved get his first win of 2013 here to hold off Capo Rosso by 0.5 lengths. 
 
Held up off the pace he got involved after 2f out and did the job well and will be even better when he goes up to 1m which will suit him even better. 
 
The disappointment of the race was favourite Enobled who tried to follow up his recent Goodwood win but struggled to pick up when needed, he is not one to write off but will be better when upped to either 1m or 1m2f. 
 
So a really good days racing at Haydock, the crowd where treated to some exciting races with tight finishes which kept the judge busy and earning her money. 
 
After many months spent shivering at many jumps meetings with occasional trips to local football and rugby matches it was really nice to have the sun out and see racing in its more purer form on the flat. 
 
Next week is the Epsom Derby but for me I shall be spending Saturday with the jumpers at Hexham where the first 3yo Hurdle of the season will be run then its back to Haydock the following week for the John O’Gaunt Stakes then we change turf for water with an afternoon at the Rowing World Cup at Eton Dorney a couple of weeks later. 
 
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