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.
Blindingly and The Bull both make the frame at Carlisle
Thursday 11th July sees two of our Flat horses, the 4 year olds Blindingly and The Bull, cross the Pennines to take in an afternoon card at Carlisle. Blindingly, who did not race until this year, is frustratingly still a maiden despite a number of good runs, and places, early into his career and today he contests a 10 runner 7 furlong maiden handicap with the additional assistance of a first time visor. Although slowly out of the stalls he is soon prominent and tracking the leader but in the final furlong he can only run on at one pace and has to settle for another 3rd place at the line.
The last race on the card sees The Bull, successful at Newcastle over 5 furlongs in November, run today in a 6 furlong handicap. The Bull is held up early in the race before making headway over a furlong out. Despite staying on well inside the final furlong he does not have the pace to challenge the leaders and eventually runs on to finish 4th of the 9 runners.
Two more placings this time for Auckland Lodge and Sandret on the Knavesmire
It’s always lovely to have runners at York and one day later, Friday 12th, Auckland Lodge and Sandret make the short journey to the delightful Knavesmire. Auckland Lodge, a 2 year old by Dandy Man, was successful last time out, just his second race, at Carlisle, and today is stepped up in grace to a Class 3 Novice Stakes race over 5 and a half furlongs with just 5 runners. As in his previous races Harrison Shaw takes the ride and leads early not being headed until after the 2 furlong marker. Auckland Lodge is then outpaced a little and weakens to finish 4th.
Whilst it was the first race on the card for Auckland Lodge we have to wait until the last race for the reappearance of Sandret. Successful in his first two career starts, at Newcastle and Redcar, this year before finishing 3rd at Hamilton in May, Sandret also steps up in grade to Class 3 for this 7 furlong apprentice handicap for which he is also partnered by Harrison Shaw. Although running a little keen early in the race Sandret is able to be held up at the rear of the 9 runners and is still last at the halfway stage. With a furlong and a half to race Harrison switches his mount to the outside and the 3 year old runs on really well inside the final furlong snatching 2nd place at the line. Despite this being a better class race this is another very promising performance by the lightly raced Sandret who has yet to finish out of the first 3 in any of his 4 races to date. An exciting horse for owner Mrs Christine Barclay to look forward to running during the remainder of the season.
Calevade makes the frame in Pontefract maiden handicap
One week later, Fri 19th July, our 3 year old maiden, Calevade, runs at Pontefract under Andrew Mullen. Calevade, a loving looking grey by Gregorian, has run unplaced in each of his 3 career starts to date but today is upped in trip to 1 mile 2 furlongs for this maiden handicap. Calevade is squeezed for room after leaving the stalls and races at the rear of the 9 runners. Andrew has Calevade racing close to the rails throughout the race and he stays on in the home straight to take 4th place at the line. Whilst Calevade finishes some way behind the winner he is equally well clear of the remainder of the field and today’s longer trip has at least seen Calevade make the frame for the first time.
Rare visit to Stratford sees a promising introduction to Prancing Oscar’s hurdling career rewarded with a 3rd place
A rare visit to Stratford for Ben with 2 horses on Sun 21st July, with Richie McLernon in the saddle for both. First off in a Class 2 handicap chase over 2 miles 1 furlong is J P McManus’ Demi Sang with only 5 runners competing for this valuable prize. Demi Sang was a winner at Cartmel in May and it’s a similar distance and on similar good ground today. The 6 year old tracks the leaders in the early stages but a mistake at the 7th does not help his cause and he weakens after the 3rd last to finish in 4th place.
Our other runner this afternoon is the 5 year old Prancing Oscar who is making a belated jumping debut following Flat wins in both 2017 and 2018. It’s a Class 3 Novices’ Hurdle over an extended 2 miles for Prancing Oscar who is settled in the middle of the 9 runners for much of the race. After jumping the 2nd last Prancing Oscar makes headway to get amongst the frontrunners and quickly mounts a challenge to the 2 leaders coming round the home turn. Momentarily things look promising for Prancing Oscar but in the straight he cannot get to the front two, who are both experienced winning hurdlers already, and despite keeping on well has to settle for 3rd place, beaten only 6 lengths. Considering the strength of the opposition this was a very satisfactory introduction to Prancing Oscar’s hurdling career and he appeared to see the trip out well enough. Hopefully there will be plenty of fun to be had with Prancing Oscar for his owners, Middleham Park Racing, based on his first hurdling performance.