A Charming Summertime Double!
WINNER 68 OF 2021: WOODLANDS CHARM, trained by Nicky Tinkler and ridden by Faye McManoman (-3): 'The holidayathome.co.uk Nursery Handicap' over 6f at Catterick.
She was given a 5lb rise for her win last time out at Ripon, but Faye took a handy 3lbs off, riding for her boss, Nigel. Smartly out of the stalls, she took a keen hold, disputing the lead as they came around the bend. Faye asked her to maintain her speed at 2f out and she certainly did that, keeping on inside the final furlong, to see of any challengers, winning "cosily" by 1 1/2 lengths.
"A straightforward win for Woodlands Charm and she has done it nicely." Watch the full race replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/351287-holidayathome-co-uk-nursery-handicap-6
Timeform rated it as a 64+ performance, saying: "Progressed again as she followed up from last time; disputed lead, went on under 2f out, in command final 1f, pushed out; she'll make a bold bid for the hat-trick."
Faye said in her Racing TV interview: "She's a super quick filly and has the heart of a lion. It was her first time round a bend and it lit a fire in her belly! She stayed on nicely and handled the undulations, so I think there's more to come.”
See the official photo gallery here: https://louisepollard.co.uk/view.php?id=983&key=66
Read The Racing Post story here: https://www.racingpost.com/news/race-reports/faye-mcmanoman-achieves-best-ever-tally-as-woodlands-charm-follows-up/507591
Syndicate manager Tim says: "Congratulations to her owners on her second victory. It was quite impressive I thought and it is a great training performance from Nigel to get her to win back to back races. A good ride by Faye and Woodlands Charm looks like she is on an upward curve. She has a nice pedigree and I'll leave it to Nigel now to plot where she goes next and I wouldn't be surprised if she wins again.”
WINNER 69 OF 2021: SUMMERTIME ROMANCE, trained by Marco Botti and ridden by Andrea Atzeni: 'The Unibet New Instant Roulette Fillies' Handicap' over 1m 4f, at Kempton.
She was very slowly away and behind the field after the start. Travelling wide, she made good headway, to press the leader after 2f. Andrea gave the reins a shake and she moved into the lead 2f from home, but faced a sustained challenge inside the final furlong by the race favourite. But she kept on very gamely gamely as the two of them pullled away, to win by a neck.
"A good race!" Watch the full race replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/351303-unibet-new-instant-roulette-fillies-handicap-5
Timeform rated it as p81+ career best performance, saying: "Making handicap debut under a fully-fledged jockey, showed improved form to get off the mark, Atzeni's decision to push forward into the first turn a very good one; slowly into stride and last early but went prominent after 2f, led around 2f out, joined entering final 1f, edged ahead again close home; a sizeable-looking filly who's bred to stay well, she may yet have a bit more to offer, but could do with starting better.”
Andrea said in his Racing TV interview: "She jumped slowly and took a while to get into her stride. I pushed her forward and tried to get a good position, but didn't go mad. She kept finding more when the 2nd horse came to her. She is a big framed filly and it is only her 4th start: she will stay further.”
Read The Racing Post story here: https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/doh-champion-jockey-oisin-murphy-chinned-by-filly-he-bred/507689
Syndicate manager Tim says: "When she broke as slowly as she did, I thought her chance had well and truly gone, but Andrea gave her a very well judged ride and he certainly earned his fee in the finish, fighting it out with Oisin Murphy on the favourite to the line. The fact that Oisin bred our filly, we hope gave him some satisfaction for coming 2nd! I am delighted for her owners, as she is a big filly, who has needed time to grow into her frame, but their patience has been rewarded. Congratulations to them all and it is always lovely seeing Middleham Park Racing owners (see the gallery,) with winners champagne in their hands. That was our 11th double of the year and our next winner will be number 70, so things are going very well for us and our winning owners.
We had a busy few days at Goffs, with our trainers seemingly plotting winners for us on the day we buy them a new yearling! On Tuesday, Keith Dalgleish sent out Clay Regazzoni to win, just as the hammer went down on the first of two yearlings going to him and yesterday Marco won with Summertime Romance, as we bought a striking colt to go to his yard.”
You can view our 8 new yearlings here.