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Successful move for trainer Kirby
SINCE Philip Kirby relocated to Middleham he hasn’t looked back and he kicked of the new week with an across-the-card double starting with Triple Eight who scored nicely at Ripon.
Running in the colours of the Well Oiled Partnership, he was confidently ridden by Michael O’Connell who said afterwards: “He can take a keen hold so when I was behind horses I was quite pleased.
He’s not run a bad race all season.”
Kirby’s second winner of the day came at Carlisle’s night meeting when Spin Cast came home in front under the yards amateur Harriet Bethell, whose family own the game five-year-old.
Back at Ripon, Michael Dods was on the mark with Spinatrix and Dods has already got a plan, saying: “The Great St Wilfrid is where we’ll go next as she goes very well here, but she would need this sort of ground.
Catterick raced on Tuesday and Phil Kirby was, once again, in the winners’ enclosure, this time with Platinum who took the staying handicap under Russell Kennemore.
For me, the most impressive winner at Catterick came in the opening two-year-old race when Braidley lost his maiden tag at the second time of asking for James Bethell and Graham Lee.
After showing clear ability on his first start at Pontefract, he looks the type to improve plenty for this outing and I’m sure connections will already be thinking about next season.
The 6f handicap provided Tracy Waggott with another winner when Solar Spirit came late and fast under Barry McHugh and afterwards the delighted winning trainer said: “The give in the ground suited Solar Spirit. If he hadn’t shaped well today his owner wanted to run him in a seller.”
After Catterick many trainers’ and jockeys made the short journey to Ripon for their evening card and there was a fine performance from Bushel in the staying handicap.
Trained by Mark Johnston, the winner is lightly raced and the trainers’ wife, Deirdre, was on hand, saying: “We thought his handicap mark was a winnable one. He’s liked the distance and was very game in front.”
Pontefract provided the action on Wednesday and Jedd O’Keeffe was all smiles after New Bidder give him a welcome winner in the two-yearold maiden.
O’Keeffe has had a few run well of late and might be a trainer to keep a close on over the coming weeks and he was delighted with this performance, saying: “His first two runs were very good as they were in the most competitive maidens in the north. We’ve always liked him and he’s got a fantastic attitude. We’ll probably look for a nursery for him now.”
The 10f handicap only attracted three runners and it was the outsider of the trio Correggio who came home in front for Micky Hammond and Franny Norton.
In the winners enclosure the winning trainer said: “He finished strongly last time here, seeing the trip out well, so we decided to step him up. He wasn’t winning out of turn and we’ll stick to this distance.”
The mile handicap produced the best finish of the day and it was the six-year-old Fazza who got up close home under James Sullivan.
The winner is trained outside Northallerton by Edwin Tuer and afterwards his assistant, and former jump jockey, Fergus King said: “He’s dropped down the weights and the dig in the ground has helped him, as has the strong pace as he likes something to aim out.”
Tomorrow is another busy day in the racing calendar and for me the best meeting comes up at Haydock where Telescope has been given the green light to run in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute’s onetime Epsom Derby favourite has only recently returned to action, when victorious in a conditions race at Leicester in July.
Partly owned by Sir Alex Ferguson under the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing umbrella, the Galileo colt is now set to have his first start in Pattern company in the Group Three over a mile and a half.
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