A Friday 2-Year-Old Treble of Winners!
Friday turned out to be a FAB-U-LOUS one, with an MPR TREBLE from our 2 year old's! Even better that two of them were at the Ayr Western Meeting, a Festival we like to target each year and to have two winners on the same day was, to say the least, exciting! Here are the three heroes:
WINNER 51 OF 2020 - TATSTHEWAYTODOIT, trained by Keith Dalgleish and ridden by Graham Lee: 'The racingtv.com Nursery Handicap' over 5 furlongs at Catterick.
A well deserved win for the son of Mayson! Although he dwelt at the start and was left towards the rear of the field, Graham guided him towards the rail and as he asked him to, he started to make progress. He had to pull him around slowing horses and made good headway 2f out .The leader looked like he had flown, but inside the final furlong, he started to run him down to lead inside the final 110yds and win by 3/4 of a length.
Well done to Graham, for winning 'the ride of the meeting.'
Syndicate manager Mike says: "He clearly relished going back to 5f and the faster surface. A good ride from Graham I thought, as they were going pretty quick on the front and he made sure that Tats didn't get involved in that early battle. He still a little green when he came upsides the leader and was just shying away from him slightly but he saw the race out well in the end."
See the official photos here: https://louisepollard.co.uk/album.php?id=941
Watch the race replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/292945-racingtv-com-nursery-handicap-5
WINNER 52 - FAIRMAC, trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Joe Fanning 'The British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes' over 7 furlongs at Ayr.
Second on his last outing (his second start) he broke well yesterday to be in touch with the leaders. Joe gave the reins the shake at the 2f pole and he went into second 1f out. Could he catch the leader? Well at the 1/2 pole, he was really game, going on to win by a length, as you can see below.
He also won the £10,000 'PLUS 10 BONUS' which is superb for his owners, putting in a career best Timform rating of 81. Their post race report says: "had bit in hand; he will stay 1m and is open to further improvement." That's good news for his syndicate!
Syndicate manager Mike says: "He showed a great attitude when he finally got some clear daylight to run into. He's improving with every run and you'd have to say he'd be worth more that the bare margin of that victory given the trouble he had in running. It looks like he'll stay further a bit further based on that run so well see what mark he gets and look for races for him."
There's just 10% of shares remaining in him - see his details here: http://www.middlehamparkracing.net/horses/view,fairmac-by-lethal-force_305.htm
See the official photos here: https://www.grossick.co.uk/p/80532khg/C373835604/x1-fairmac
Watch the replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/292923-british-stallion-studs-ebf-novice-stakes-4
WINNER 53 - OUTRUN THE STORM, trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by Paddy Mathers: 'The CLASS 2 EBF Nursery Handicap' over 6 furlongs at Ayr.
This was his third race and it didn't start well, as he dwelt from the stalls and was left in rear. Paddy needed to push him along to make up the lost ground and we thought that having to use up energy in the first half of the race, that he would be lucky to finish in the first half of the 10-runner field. But he was making good headway and Paddy got him really travelling over 1f out. He lived up to his name, as he was the strongest finisher, sweeping by the field inside the final furlong, to win. We were all aghast at what he had just managed to do....!
There's an often used saying to describe inexperienced 2 year old's learning to race "the penny started to drop." Never has there been a more apt quote for the son of Footstepsinthesand here! Once he got going, he strode out and showed his class. Syndicate manager Tom says: "I didn’t see him with just about the whole field to pass with a furlong left to run. They’ve gone a little bit too hard up front but you still have to have the horse to take advantage of it. I’m delighted that he’s done that for his owners; a performance we can build on going forward. We'll get him back from Ayr, enjoy the next few days knowing he's won a Class 2 Nursery at the Western Meeting (no mean feat) and I'll discuss plans with Richard."
There are some very excited owners in him, after seeing what he has just managed and there are shares available, here: http://www.middlehamparkracing.net/horses/view,outrun-the-storm-by-footstepsinthesand_308.htm
See the official photos here: https://www.grossick.co.uk/p/80532khg/C373835804/x2-outrun-storm
Watch the replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/292924-ebf-nursery-handicap-2
A great day, especially to get the two Festival winners. Thanks to our winning trainers and jockeys, that takes us to 11 2-year-old winners so far this year - more that any other syndication company. Well done to all our owners and to the winning teams! (See some photos in the gallery.)