Splash of Verve was a cosy winner at Beverley in the first this evening, Splash looked progressive as a 2 year old but it took time for him to warm up last year and its been just the same this time around. Under a brilliant ride from Paul Hannigan he weaved his way through, always travelling best, and won nicely by about a length. Phil has him in again on Sunday at Carlisle and he may well take his chance there off a 6lb penalty.
Up at Ayr our first runner Iftikaar also looked the winner for a long way out but with a furlong to go the couple up front had flown and although he had it pegged back to a length, a neck and a nose, by the post, he came away with 4th prize. He looks a winner waiting to happen, and Racng Post thought so to on their analysis of the race.
We have two runners today – Iftikaar at Ayr and Splash of Verve at Beverley. Splash has been dissapointing so far this term but he finished more strongly last time and building on this would see him in the shake up if he can transfer the form to turf. Up at Ayr the ground is soft but it won’t inconvenience Iftikaar who won on it round Redcar last season. Bothare middle of the road each way prices and it reflects the competitive nature of the races. We are delighted to have the services of top jock Paul Hannigan on Splash, he hasn’t got a great draw round this sharp right handed track but at least we have the right man on board to cope with this inconvenience. We were equally pleased to secure rising apprentice talent, Phil Dennis to ride Iftikaar, a horse he will have ridden out when with us last winter, and Phil is proving to be the talented and sought after flat jockey we knew he would become when he decided to take this route rather than remain over jumps.
Julie and Sarah have travelled up to Ayr today and will remain in Scotland overnight with tomorrows runner, Pass Muster up at Musselburgh. Good luck to Keith and Jayne Sivills with their two day racing trip north of the border! Pass Muster likes Musselburgh, he had no luck in running first time out there this season.
Update on our runners- both Cavalieri and Goldan Jess are fine after their runs. Jess found the pace too quick and class of race too much on the good to firm ground, at 11 years old he could do with a few more pounds off his back!
Just a few shares remain in Tara Time, the classy Kayf Tara filly who will be making her debut next month at either Perth or Southwell. Brian Toomey has been riding her a fair bit and will be in the plate when she makes her first racecourse appearance – He really likes her.
Next Edition has come through his race well and will aimed at Thirsk at the beginning of August, he gets his new handicap mark tomorrow.
Phil is also looking for the next race for Factor Fifty and has to decide wether its stick to hurdles or back over fences…an update to his Owners will be emailed shortly.
Transient Bay is back in work at Sharp Hill and looking in great order.
Enlighten Me is enjoying her yearling summer at Dibble Bridge, her half brother MINT CHAI has now had three seconds in high class maidens this year. Shares for sale, an exciting 2 year old prospect for 2016.
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