06 Dec November 2014
Two J P McManus horses make their debuts for Ben
Our 2 latest recruits from owner J P McManus have their first runs for Ben during the second week of November. First out is Prince Of Pirates who had good form for Nicky Henderson, but who had had only one run, in December 2013, since running at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. Although his latest runs had been over fences Ben feels that the 9 year old would be best served by starting off over hurdles after his long lay-off and takes Prince Of Pirates to Huntingdon on November 11th for a Class 2 handicap hurdle over an extended 2 and a half miles. With Andrew Tinkler in the saddle Prince Of Pirates is towards the rear for much of the race, eventually finishing last of the 9 to complete. Ben is not at all disappointed with the run though as Prince Of Pirates blew up in the straight and clearly needed the run. Ben expectsPrince Of Pirates to be much fitter for his next run and intends to keep the horse to hurdles for the present.
The following day the second of the J P McManus horses to have his first run for Ben is Mad ForRoad who had very limited form, both on the Flat and over hurdles, in Ireland prior to joining Ben recently. Again Ben starts Mad For Road off over hurdles and sends the 5 year old to Ayr for a Class 5 handicap hurdle over 2 miles. Barry Keniry takes the ride and has Mad For Road nicely positioned behind the leaders throughout the early part of the race. Mad For Road starts to take closer order from 3 out but hits the second last and has to settle for 3rd place of the 5 runners, beaten just 7 lengths. Clearly without the mistake Mad For Road would have gone very close.
Ben will also keep Mad For Road to hurdles for the time being and both horses should be out again in the next few weeks.
Lauren makes her racecourse debut as an amateur rider
Everyone at Castle Hill Stables is delighted to see our own Lauren Sanders have her first ever ride as an amateur jockey when she rides Pink Cadillac in an amateur riders’ handicap over 1 mile at Southwell on 25th November. Lauren has been with Ben for a year and a half and in addition to working extremely hard in the stable has had her sights set on riding in amateur races for quite a while. There is sadly no happy ending for Lauren today as Pink Cadillac can only finish 8th of the 9 runners but this is a day Lauren will never forget and this is a nice introduction for her and the experience will stand her in good stead in the future.
Prince Of Pirates has second run over hurdles for Ben at Doncaster
Our final runner of the month sees the reappearence of Prince Of Pirates at Doncaster on 28th November. The step up to 3 miles over hurdles suits Prince Of Pirates who is again ridden by Andrew Tinkler. Prince Of Pirates shows up well until hitting the 8th after which he weakens, eventually finishing last of the 8 runners to complete, of the 12 who started out. Ben felt this run was an improvement on Prince Of Pirates first run at Huntingdon 17 days earlier but clearly he still needed the race after his long break and there is plenty more improvement to come from J P McManus’ 9 year old.