24 Aug August 2016
Good runs from Quiet Moment and Saint Charles
After a quiet couple of weeks in terms of runners Ben takes Quiet Moment to Ripon on Sat 13th Aug for a 6 furlong maiden race. Once again Quiet Moment has to make his run down the outside of the runners and having chased the leaders weakens inside the final furlong to finish 5th of the 11 runners. Quiet Moment remains a very promising filly and once a race is run to suit her better she will surely show her true colours !
The following day our latest recruit for J P McManus, Saint Charles, has his second race for Ben, a Class 4 Novice Chase over 2 miles, the same course and distance over which he was successful for us 5 weeks ago. Saint Charles runs another good race but a blunder 3 out puts paid to his chances this time and the 6 year old runs on to finish in 4th place.
Excellent performance by Moon Over Rio at Thirsk on unfavoured ground
The following day again, Mon 15th Aug, sees Ben send Moon Over Rio to Thirsk for a mile and a half handicap. The ground is good — better than Moon Over Rio would ideally appreciate, and Graham Lee takes the ride.
Graham keeps Moon Over Rio towards the rear of the 13 runners in the early stages but makes headway in the home straight, 3 furlongs out. Moon Over Rio then chases the leader in the final furlong but can only keep on at one pace and has to settle for 3rd place at the line, beaten less than 2 and a half lengths.
This is Moon Over Rio’s best run for a while, and given it was not on his favoured softer ground makes the performance even more impressive.
Yet another fine run, but Bourbonisto has to settle for a place again at Hamilton
On Fri 26th Aug Ben takes Bourbonisto to Hamilton to contest a 6 furlong nursery in an attempt to end our 2 year old colts frustrating run of near misses and achieve a well-deserved first win. Bourbonisto, ridden for the first time by Dougie Costello, dwells leaving the stalls but quickly joins the remainder of the 9 runners and starts to make ground on the leaders after the 2 furlong marker. He then runs on well in the final furlong despite being short of room and finishes his race strongly but at the line has to settle for 3rd place, beaten 3 lengths.
This is yet another fine run from Bourbonisto who really deserves to achieve his first win for owners Daniel Shapiro and David Clifford, and after this performance surely a success cannot now be far away.
Operateur battles on well to hold 4th place at Newcastle
3 days later Operateur goes to Newcastle to have a first try at the course’s new tapeta all-weather track in a handicap over one and a half miles. Given a lovely ride by Paul Mulrennan Operateur sits just behind the leaders for much of the race but once in the straight he looks likely to be swallowed up by a number of the runners. The 8 year old will have none of it however and battles on well to keep hold of a creditable 4th place of the 14 runners at the line especially given that he is not totally comfortable on the surface.
Second consecutive 3rd place for Moon Over Rio in Carlisle’s evening fixture
Still time for one more runner this month and in the final race on Carlisle’s evening card on the last day of August Moon Over Rio takes in 1 mile 3 furlong handicap under Graham Lee. Graham keeps Moon Over Rio on the outside in midfield in the early part of the race but makes his effort once turning into the straight. Moon Over Rio briefly holds every chance but is outpaced in the final furlong though he nevertheless keeps on to finish 3rd of the 10 runners.