Kayfast Warrior and Clay Regazzoni Both Win!
WINNER 43 OF 2021: KAYFAST WARRIOR, trained by Tom Dascombe and ridden by Jane Elliott: 'The Join Racing TV Now Selling Handicap' over 1m at Thirsk.
Making his turf debut, he took a keen hold, but Jane managed to keep him in behind the leaders, one off the rail. He was making good headway 3f out and after a push along, went on to lead at the 2 pole, pulling clear and as Jane glanced over her shoulder, was just pushed out to win by 2 lengths, with his ears pricked.
He really has had a good year, with form figures of 2nd, 2nd and 3rd and yesterday's victory was well deserved.
Watch the full race replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/337967-join-racing-tv-now-selling-handicap-6
See the official photo gallery from Hannah Ali, here: https://www.hannahaliphotography.co.uk/r3-300621
In her post race interview on Racing TV, Jane said: "He deserved that. He has been running consistently this year and has showed that he can do it on turf too. He was a late foal, so took a little time, but should come into his own this year. He won with authority and is very straightforward, as well as having plenty of size about him, so should come into his own this year."
Timeform suggest that was a career best to date, with a 68+ and say:"Making turf debut and taking on his elders for the first time, showed improved form to get off the mark, looking more straightforward than has been the case of late; prominent, headway 3f out, led over 2f out, in command over 1f out, closed down only late on."
Syndicate manager Tom says: "Well done to his owners on his brilliant victory at Thirsk. I felt it was a good ride from Jane, she didn’t panic and allowed them to get on with it upfront and when the gap opened up she sent him through it and he put the race to bed in a matter of strides. Once he went clear it was never in doubt. I was delighted to see that he transferred his form from the all-weather to the turf well. We’ve bought him back for 9k and will wait for what the handicapper does on Tuesday and see if we need to find another race for him, but for now, we can all enjoy his win!"
WINNER 44 OF 2021: CLAY REGAZZONI, trained by Keith Dalgleish and ridden by Callum Rodriguez: 'The Bet at racingtv.com Handicap' over 1m 1f at Musselburgh.
4th and 3rd in his previous two races, and fitted with a first time visor, we were all hoping that yesterday could be his chance to go one, maybe even two places better! Callum rousted him along from the start to get a prominent position and he was going okay at 2f out. Then, pushed along to press the leader, there was a dual inside the final furlong and although he was briefly headed in the final strides, he rallied and led again, to win by a neck. It was a great ride by Callum.
Watch the full race replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/337993-bet-at-racingtv-com-handicap-6
See the official photos from John Grossick, here: https://www.grossick.co.uk/p/80532khg/C385181639/x5-clay-regazzoni
Timeform gave him a rating of 68 for the race and say: "...going through a good spell and shouldn't go up much for this, so will remain competitive."
Syndicate manager Mike says: "Well done to his owners on him getting his head in front at last! He wasn't quite as sharp at the break as we'd hope but he settled well and was travelling pretty sweetly throughout. It was a long final two furlongs and to be fair to Clay he had every chance to down tools but he was actually very game in the battle and rallied again when he was headed to take the prize. It's been a long time coming, but I shouted him home with plenty of joy in that final furlong! We'll have a look for something for him off his new mark.
I was delighted also, for the owners of MISTY AYR, as on only her third start, the 2 year old daughter of Kodi Bear earnt valuable blacktype, by taking 2nd in the Listed Tipperary Stakes, also for Keith Dalgleish. She certainly looks like she can be competitive in this sort of company. Chris Haynes, her jockey said afterwards that he really liked her and that she should improve further as she was still quite raw and certainly not the finished article. It looks like we've got a smart filly on our hands. We'll let her get home and see how she comes out of the race and then we'll make a plan as the where we go next her."
A great end to the month, as we had 13 winners and a win and place strike rate of 55%, so all looking good.
Who will be our 45th winner of the year....plenty of excitement coming up for the rest of this week, as you can see on our entries page.