10 Jun June 2015
June opens in fine style as Moon Over Rio wins at Ripon with a career-best performance
June opens in the best possible fashion when, on just the second day of the month, Moon Over Rio contests a mile and a half handicap at the picturesque Ripon course.
Andrew Elliott takes the ride and has the 4 year old filly by Captain Rio nicely positioned on the heels of the leader throughout, before going on to lead at the 2 furlong marker and drawing well clear inside the final furlong to win by a comfortable and impressive 4 and a half lengths no less, and a odds of 25/1 !
This is a lovely return to form by Moon Over Rio who previously visited the winners enclosure at Beverley in August 2014. This though is a career-best effort and such an impressive performance can only auger well for the future. Hopefully the handicapper will not over react but in any event Ben will look to have Moon Over Rio out again soon. Further good news of course is that the winner is owned by our own Blue Lion Racing syndicate for whom this is both a welcome and well deserved success.
Shesnotforturning goes down by a neck in a driving finish at Hamilton
Ben takes 4 horses to Hamilton for their 10th June meeting and Shesnotforturning puts up the best performance. Running in the 7 furlong amateur riders’ handicap Shesnotforturning is accompanied to the post for the race by Maltese Ah with our own Lauren Sanders riding her own horse on just her second racecourse ride.
Shesnotforturning dwells coming out of the stalls and loses a number of lengths. The 5 year old is ridden by the experienced amateur Simon Walker who brings Shesnotforturning up the stands rail from 2 furlongs out and the mare runs on in grand style in the final furlong, but in a driving finish Shesnotforturning can’t quite get to the leader and despite his riders efforts goes down by just a neck at the line, another second place for Shesnotforturning to add to her 2nd and 3rd places in May since returning from a 20 month absence from the racecourse. On this performance Christine Barclay’s 5 year old certainly deserves to achieve her first career victory before too long.
Lauren finishes down the field on Maltese Ah but she has gained more race-riding experience and again enjoyed the ride immensely.
Mad For Road takes 3rd place in handicap hurdle at Cartmel
Before June ends Ben takes Mad For Road to Cartmel for a 2 mile 1 furlong handicap hurdle. Dougie Costello is in the saddle this time and he holds J P McManus’ runner in the rear until making headway 3 furlongs out. Mad For Road takes 3rd place approaching the last and keeps on at one pace to finish in that position, beaten 5 and a half lengths. Nevertheless this is a nice return by Mad For Road who has been given a 2 month break following his fall at Sedgefield at the end of April and this is the 6 year old’s best run for a little while.