11 Jul July 2019
Another good performance at Hamilton as Funkadelic takes 4th place
Our first runner of the new month is on Tuesday 2nd July when Funkadelic makes the trip up to Hamilton, a course he has already run well at on a couple of occasions, for a 5 furlong handicap. His intended rider, Andrew Mullen, has a fall in an earlier race and is replaced by apprentice Harrison Shaw who is riding the 4 year old for the first time. Harrison has Funkadelic quickly away from the stalls and immediately grabs the nearside rails. Early in the race Funkadelic leads the runners on his side but the leaders are running in the centre of the track. After the 3 furlong marker the two groups come together but it’s the runners nearer to the middle of the track who hold sway. Helped by Harrison’s urgings Funkadelic keeps on well inside the final furlong but 4th place of the 12 runners is as close as he can get. Still Funkadelic has only been beaten around 2 lengths and this is another good Hamilton performance.
First career win for Pinarella as she battles back to score at Ripon
On to 8th July and just one horse, Pinarella, makes the shorter trip to Ripon for a 6 furlong handicap under Andrew Mullen. Despite being drawn towards the outside Andrew has Pinarella smartly away from the stalls and is able to get his mount over to the nearside rails and into the lead at the end of the first furlong. There’s a large field of 13 runners and it’s only a narrow lead but Pinarella stays in front until being headed a furlong out. Inside the final furlong Pinarella battles back in great style and Andrew has the 3 year old in front again at the line to score by a length.
Despite having 2 seconds and 2 thirds to her name this is Pinarella’s first win from 11 starts. Running in the yellow and white quartered colours of the Ontoawinner syndicate Pinarella has shown great tenacity to fight back after being briefly headed at the furlong marker and hopefully our filly will have gained confidence and will now be able to build on this first career win.