19th October 2015
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An excellent night's racing at Newcastle on Thursday and we came close to having a very good night. Ribble Atom was a long odds on chance in the marathon and she didn't disappoint winning by over 5 lengths in 55.83 just two spots short of our own Aayamzabella's track record. In the Angel Of The North Oaks final Domino Storm broke well but a slight stumble on the run up cost her and she lost her place, turning third down the back straight she did make slight inroads on the leaders but couldn't quite get to them and eventually was beaten 3 3/4 lengths in 28.50. In the Great North Run Jimmy Nailed On tried his hardest in what was a two dog race from the second bend but he just couldn't get past the strong Liosgarbh Charl and went down narrowly by 3/4 length in 40.92. The feature race of the night the All England Cup final looked as good as it has ever been on paper with a strong Northern presence and Swift Whirlwind had done very well to reach the final but was one of the outsiders. Whirly ran a stormer to finish 4th and we came away feeling a touch unlucky as he only failed by a whisker to get round the tight first bend in front and was unfortunate to be crowded back into the field with Farloe Nutter taking the outright honours.
Both Ribble Atom and Jimmy Nailed On now head towards Wimbledon this Saturday for the William Hill St Leger along with Ferryforth Fran, Black Francis and Sosaidhs Blue who all trialled at Plough Lane last Friday. I'm eyeing up the reinstated Gold Collar at Crayford next month for both Domino Storm and Swift Whirlwind which should ideally suit this classy pair.
Towcester have thankfully returned to a regular Wednesday trial session which certainly takes the pressure off having loads of trials pre race time as well as a van full of runners. This week we are bringing many of our stars back from rests/injury. Billys Bullet came back sound from his Handslip just over a week ago and this week has a full sprint trial, we are not rushing him and its fingers crossed everything goes well, he seems in great form. Also Adageo Bob, Aayamzamodel, Ballymac Sinbad and Garyglass Pixie return with sprints and hopefully all will come back in good order to try and give us an excellent end to another fabulous year.
It was interesting seeing GBGB Chairman Tom Kelly in a rare interview on Sky last week and I thought he spoke well about the difficult fight he faces to get more funding from the bookmakers for our industry which is without doubt in serious financial trouble Many sceptics still see Tom has a bookmakers' friend but I firmly believe he is the right man for the job and we need everyone in our sport to support him fully in his quest.
Apart from the Newcastle on Thursday our other open race action of the week was at Towcester on Saturday night and Henlow on Sunday. At Towcester none of our three semi finalists in the 480m Maiden competition made it through to the final and our only runner in a supporting open Ribble Rush won well again in a 655m in 40.00. On Sunday Libertine Dandy was third over 550m while Blue Moment returned from injury to run a nice race in defeat to Coolavanny Jap over 460m. In the Henlow Derby semi finals disaster struck Kevin Hutton as El Lima broke down while in front with their other runner Face The Blade being brought down to add to the misery. Evanta Evita was sitting in a handy position challenging for the runner up spot but had to take evasive action to miss the trouble and that was race over for her.
A couple of winners Friday night with Aero Harrison producing his usual exciting finish to lead near the line and win by a neck in 40.28. Earlier in the night Toosey Fern at last returned to the winner's podium after seasonal rest scoring well by over 5 lengths in 28.64. Oldfield Lynda, Energize Master and Saffrons Champ all ran well when second.
On Saturday Mac's On Storm (formerly Millroad Rodger) ran well when second in a very hot A1 while Cisberry Geo was also best of our graded runners when also second.
A better day on Sunday with many of our youngsters on show, Swift Slaney scored for the second time in his career in a good 28.76 while litter sister Calco Swift also won at the second time of asking by over 4 lengths in a fine 28.72. Litter brother Swift Boyne almost made it a family treble but was second. All three look future staying stars. Rufford Atom (28.58) and Airforce Karla (15.58) made it a fine afternoon when winning well.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Not too much until Fri/Sat/Sun with a busy schedule at Towcester and our main action will be at Wimbledon for the heats of the William Hill St Leger.
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Ribble Atom was no price for her superb win at Newcastle while our ante post selection in the RPGTV Henlow Derby Evanta Evita was a touch unlucky before being eliminated in the semi finals last night.
The William Hill St Leger kicks off on Saturday at Wimbledon and we have a few runners but all look likely outsiders with the exception of maybe Jimmy Nailed On. I've always found that marathon runners are well capable of going a long way and Ribble Atom might be worth taking that chance on at likely juicy odds.
RIBBLE ATOM - 2 pts e.w ante post - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RIBBLE ATOM - 5 pts win - Newcastle - Thursday - WON 1/3
EVANTA EVITA - 2 pts e.w ante post 25/1 - RPGTV Henlow Derby - lost