27 May 2022
On the first race of last night's Sandown card George Bass reported that James Kerr's gelding, Wonder Starelzaam, found the good to soft ground was too tacky for him, and so he was not able to prevail in his second bid at ten furlongs. Also going for an inside run up the rail - notoriously difficult at the Surrey track - he was squeezed for room and checked in his run not once but twice. This all meant that he was only able to get past one rival in the stiff uphill finish and he was only able to claim sixth place on this occasion. With a return to faster ground and a better run of the race, connections will be hoping for a much better outcome next time out.
23 May 2022
My Ambition was in gallops action at the weekend, with two year olds Gentle Whinny (green) and Golden Phase (blue) pictured here. In the Gallery a full selection of pictures can be viewed.
22 May 2022
A runner on the all weather and on the turf track at Lingfield yesterday, with Tony Killoran's Party Island switching back to flat action over 12 furlongs on the all weather circuit and Juanita making her seasonal debut up to seven and a half furlongs on turf. Denis was very pleased indeed with Party Island's run under jockey Harry Burns, he ran a very good race and is well back on track with this run. Harry Burns felt that, had the race leader not stopped abruptly in front of him, he would have been able to get out from behind the field earlier in the straight and he might well have won the race instead of having to settle for second place. Aoife Dunphy's Juanita pulled far too hard throughout the first quarter mile for Charlie Bishop, so Denis will now find a race back in trip for her, and hopefully she will have a more settled run and show that she is good enough to win a race next time.
11 May 2022
With a reduced field of seven runners, yesterday's race for Eagles Dare at Chepstow had no front runners to set a good gallop, and the pace was very leisurely indeed through the first half of the contest before the climb to the top of the course. It then became a sprint down the undulations of the half mile straight, after jockey Laura Pearson had had to take evasive action turning in, with the eventual winner veering right awkwardly. Eagles Dare then kept on well in a sustained duel with the favourite and he ran on strongly through the final furlong to secure a clear fourth place a few lengths back from the winner. He appears to have maintained his fitness well, and a stronger test should suit him better and enable him to make the frame again soon.
A few photographs from yesterday afternoon at Chepstow can be found in an album on the Gallery pages
03 May 2022
James Kerr's Elzaam gelding prevailed in convincing style at Windsor yesterday afternoon, under a fine George Bass ride. Stepping up to ten furlongs for his first turf outing, he broke prominently from his 2 draw and then was settled back into midfield. George took an inside rail position in the right hand curve and had to check him for a few strides as the leaders slowed things up at the beginning of the loop back to home. Wonder Starelzaam was moving very well again entering the final half mile and he had to show patience in waiting for a gap to make his run. This came inside the final quarter mile and he showed a really good turn of foot to join two rivals entering the final furlong. George had Wonder Starelzaam able to continue his run right through to the line, and by the post he was over a length clear as he finished off his race very strongly indeed to win at long odds.
race video link courtesy of At The Races website
ATR Player | Replay | Monday 02 May 2022 | 17:10 | Windsor | At The Races
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