06 Nov November 2017
Highly impressive performance as Rey Loopy coasts to comfortable success at Newcastle
The first runners of the new month are on Sat 4th Nov when Ben takes 3 horses to Newcastle for their all-weather meeting. Canufeelthelove makes a respectable racecourse debut to finish 7th of the 10 runners in a 6 furlong 2 year old maiden race, and then Funkadelic runs a satisfactory race in a 5 furlong nursery, losing 3 places in the final half furlong and coming in 6th of 13, beaten just 5 and a quarter lengths.
The following race sees Rey Loopy contest a 1 mile handicap, with Tom Eaves taking the ride. Rey Loopy is slowly away and Tom keeps the 3 year old gelding at the back of the 14 runners for the first half of the race. It is not until the 3 furlong marker that Rey Loopy starts his run on the outside of the field, and making rapid headway is already challenging the leaders by the 2 furlong pole. Having been given a lovely patient ride by Tom Ray Loopy is already in the lead entering the final furlong and only has to be pushed out to maintain his lead and record a very comfortable 2 and a quarter length success at the line.
This is a well-deserved win for owners Daniel Shapiro and Mrs Christine Barclay and is Ray Loopy’s second career win from 10 starts, having also been successful at Newcastle in May 2017. This was an extremely impressive performance and the ease of his victory can only suggest more successes may come his way, especially on this all-weather surface during the coming months. It is also Ben’s 9th winner of the 2017 Flat season leaving him just one short of his best seasonal tally of 10 wins. Today’s prize money does however push the total earnings won by Ben’s horses for the season past his previous highest figure — and there are still almost 2 months of 2017 left to increase his number of winners, and prize money earned, for the season.
Ben equals best tally of Flat winners in a season with hugely impressive first success for Lord Caprio
On 15th Nov Ben returns to Newcastle with two more runners, both maiden 2 year olds. Cherry Oak takes in a 5 furlong nursery under Paul Mulrennan who settles the filly towards the rear of the 12 runners in the early stages before making headway 2 furlongs out. Cherry Oak runs on nicely in the final furlong without quite being able to reach the leaders and takes 4th place at the line, beaten just over 2 lengths.
An hour and a half later it’s the turn of Lord Caprio who contests a 7 furlong nursery with an even bigger field of 14 runners, again leading northern jockey Paul Mulrennan takes the ride. This time Paul keeps Lord Caprio right at the very back of the field and is content to stay there until 3 furlongs out. Before the 2 furlong marker Lord Caprio starts to improve his position close to the nearside rails. With a furlong and a half to go there are still as many horses in front of Lord Caprio as behind him but entering the final furlong Lord Caprio flies past his rivals and only has to be pushed out by Paul to record a very comfortable victory by no less than 3 lengths, at odds of 33/1. This is a hugely impressive performance leaving the form of his previous 3 runs well behind, and a perfectly judged, patient ride from Paul Mulrennan.
Incidentally, Lord Caprio is a 2 year old by Lord Shanakill out of the dam Azzurro Du Caprio, who many followers of this website will recall was a 5 time winner herself for Ben between 2010 and 2013.
So just 11 days after Rey Loopy’s victory Ben is able to equal his previous best total of winners for a Flat season of 10, and it is pleasing that Ben should reach that total by way of a win for Lord Caprio as the horse is owned by our own Blue Lion Racing, a syndicate which has been supporting us for many years, has enjoyed many winners during that time, and one which richly deserves this latest success. Indeed the manner of Lord Caprio’s victory today can only suggest more success may be just around the corner for Lord Caprio and the popular blue and white colours of our Blue Lion Racing syndicate. If you are interested in joining Blue Lion Racing, or any of the other syndicates who have horses at Castle Hill Stables, please click on to the ” ownership ” page of this website.
9 days later and Ben beats his previous best seasonal score as Lord Caprio wins again at Newcastle
Sat 24th Nov becomes a red letter day for Ben as 3 horses leave Castle Hill Stables, one heading for the Catterick jumps meeting, and two heading further north for Newcastle’s evening all-weather meeting. J P McManus’ Cup Final is the jumper making the short journey to Catterick. He is upped in distance for a 3 mile 1 furlong Class 3 handicap chase and the 8 year old runs his best race for some time under Andrew Tinkler to finish 4th of the 9 runners, beaten only a little over 5 lengths. Still relatively lightly raced it is hoped Cup Final will be able to build on this improvement in form.
Off to Newcastle are our 2 recent winners at the track, Lord Caprio and Rey Loopy. Lord Caprio a comfortable 3 length winner over 7 furlongs 9 days ago is upped to a mile for the first time for this nursery, and also raised in class. Tom Eaves is in the saddle tonight and holds Lord Caprio up in the early stages as in his previous race and he is still last of the 6 runners with 3 furlongs to run. Inside the final 2 furlongs Lord Caprio begins to make his challenge against the nearside rails and entering the last furlong Lord Caprio moves into the lead which he holds at the line to win a shade cosily by 3/4 length.
So after equaling his best ever tally of winners in a Flat season just 9 days earlier Ben passes that figure with a win by the same horse, our very promising 2 year old Lord Caprio, to move on to the 11 winner mark for the season. Yes, a deserved red letter day for Ben and congratulations once again to the owners, our own Blue Lion Racing syndicate.
Later on the card Tom Eaves also takes the ride on Rey Loopy, successful at this course 3 weeks earlier in another mile handicap. Again following the same ploy as in his previous race Tom keeps the 3 year old in last place until the 3 furlong marker when he again starts his run. Although Rey Loopy passes most of his rivals on the run to the line he cannot quite get to the leader and has to be content this time with 2nd place.
A memorable day for Ben nonetheless, all 3 horses have improved on, or maintained, their good recent form, and for Lord Caprio and Rey Loopy there seems no reason why there should not be more successful visits to Newcastle’s all-weather track this winter.