WINNER 96 OF 2021: END ZONE, trained by Roger Fell and ridden by Callum Rodriguez: 'The MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap' over 1m 1/2f at Wolverhampton.
Last time out, he was a good 2nd (by a neck) at Newcastle over 1 mile and was chalked up as favourite for yesterdays race. Trying 1m 1/2 f for the first time, he broke smartly and settled towards the head of the field. At the 3f marker, Callum rode him to go clear by around 3 lengths. The blue of a Godolphin horse made a good challenge to him, as he edged right inside the final furlong, but End Zone was always doing enough, to win by 1/2 length.
In his post race interview, Callum said "He was unlucky last time. Riding him prominently has worked well with him, but he was in front a long way from home and showed a really good attitude to stay on."
Watch the full race replay here: https://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Wolverhampton/01-November-2021/1530
The official photos can be seen here: https://www.jahphoto.co.uk/-/galleries/wolverhampton-horse-racing-2021/november-2021/1st-november-2021/race-1-330-winner
Timeform rated it as a joint career best 84+, saying: "Confirmed return to form as he went one better than last time tackling 1m for the first time....he should be competitive off higher marks again."
Syndicate manager Mike says: "Well done to his owners. It was good to see him back up that Newcastle run to get his head in front and Callum certainly gets a tune out of End Zone. The handicapper put him 1lb this morning for his run at Newcastle last week and he'd have to carry a 5lb penalty on top of that if we turned him out again quickly, so we’ll see on that. He is clearly in good heart though and as Timeform say, he should be able to give his owners some more excitement! A good couple of days with a 1st, 1st, 3rd and 4th from our last 4 runners, heading us closer to 100 winners for the year. "