13 Sep September 2017
The Doorman makes in 3 wins for the season with a first chase success for Ben
A quiet start to the new month with no runners from Castle Hill Stables until The Doorman goes to Sedgefield to contest a Class 4 handicap chase over 2 miles 5 furlongs on 7th September. A small field of just 5 runners with Richie McLernon taking the ride as usual as The Doorman bids to add to his 2 victories achieved in May, both over hurdles, one being at this same course. As in his previous races The Doorman tracks the leaders throughout the race, and takes 2nd place after 2 fences out before closing on the leader approaching the final fence. The Doorman is ridden out by Richie after the last and goes on to win by a comfortable 2 and a quarter lengths.
This is a fourth career win for The Doorman and his second over fences, having previously been successful over the larger obstacles in Ireland prior to joining Ben just under 12 months ago. The 8 year old, who carries the famous green and gold colours of owner J P McManus, has had an excellent summer by winning 3 of his 7 races in the current National Hunt season and is therefore responsible for all Ben’s 3 wins in the present Jumps season to date.
Elysee Star makes the frame again despite Carlisle’s heavy ground
The quiet month continues until the 18th, when our 2 year old, Elysee Star, runs in a 7 furlong Nursery at Carlisle. Graham Lee takes the ride on the filly for the first time, who runs in the colours of our Go Alfresco Racing syndicate. Elysee Star is held up until making headway over a furlong out, and holds every chance inside the final furlong but can then only run on at one pace on the heavy ground and has to settle for 4th place of the 8 runners, beaten less than a length and a half. The heavy ground Elysee Star has experienced at Carlisle is the first time she has encountered going worse than good, and it’s to her credit that she has still been able to maintain her sequence of having made the frame in each of her 4 career starts to date.
Second career success for consistent Castle Hill Cassie at Newcastle
The following day, 19th September, Ben takes just one horse, Castle Hill Cassie, to Newcastle’s all-weather track for a Fillies’ handicap over 7 furlongs, following 3 runs over a furlong shorter, her regular pilot, Graham Lee, is again in the saddle. The 3 year old is held up towards the back of the field early but after the 3 furlong marker Graham switches our filly to the left and chases the leaders over 2 out. Castle Hill Cassie leads going into the final furlong and runs on well. She never looks like relinquishing her lead and Graham is not hard on the filly in the run to the line and she holds on well to score by a comfortable looking neck at the generous odds of 14/1.
This is only Castle Hill Cassie’s 7th career start, her second win ( one turf, one all-weather ), and another of our fillies’ who has finished in the frame in each of her races, and hopefully this consistency will bring further reward for her owners, the Ontoawinner syndicate, Trojan Horse partnership, James Pak and partner. As for Ben that’s now 8 wins for the current Flat season, just 2 short of his best total.
4th place for Funkadelic in Catterick Nursery
On Sat 23rd September Funkadelic takes in a 5 furlong Nursery at nearby Catterick, just under 6 weeks after recording his first win at Wolverhampton. Cam Hardie is in the saddle for the first time on this son of Dandy Man who appears to stumble coming out of the stalls. Funkadelic cannot therefore make his customary fast start and Cam has to switch his mount to the outside to challenge the leaders and, whilst close-up 2 furlongs out, he weakens inside the final furlong to finish 4th of the 6 runners, beaten just over 4 lengths. After the race it transpires that Funkadelic lost a shoe leaving the stalls causing the stumble and the tardy start, something not normally associated with this usually speedy colt.