Penwortham is a new addition to the Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club and it was worth the long trip to Goodwood to see him run. The three-year-0ld was making just his second start this season and although he took a keen hold he still had enough left in the tank to win the Class 5 Handicap. Jockey Tony Hamilton made headway after switching left just before the final furlong. He chased down the leader and was driven to the front to get up and win by half a length.
Kocollada made an impressive debut at Thirsk last month and she followed that up with another good win at Musselburgh. The Kodiac filly was a little bit slow away and she was held up at the back of the field by jockey Tony Hamilton. She made headway around the outside approaching the final furlong and ran on strongly to get up and beat the favourite Poet’s Society by a neck.
Imshivalla if we are honest was the biggest surprise of the day. She was the 25 to 1 outsider of the field at Epsom but we let her take her chance especially when she loves the softer ground. The way the race was run suited her perfectly. They didn’t go much of a gallop and she was always prominent under jockey Paul Hanagan. Turning for home Paul found a gap on the rail and they took up the lead two furlongs out. They stayed on strongly and never looked like being caught, winning by one and a quarter lengths. The reaction from the Pow Partnership was brilliant they were caught on camera jumping up and down and shouting her home. She is a tough mare.
Queen Kindly won the opener at Catterick and another filly Invermere then went on to win the feature. This was only her second start after a break of 196 days and she showed a fantastic attitude. She got a good start under jockey Tony Hamilton and tracked the leaders. She started to battle over the final furlong and when she hit the lead she wasn’t going to give it up. She stayed on to win by a neck for owner McCulloch Bloodstock Limited.
Our third winner at the track was Luis Vaz De Torres and it was great to see him get his head in front, he has been a bit frustrating. He chased the leaders two furlongs from home under jockey Tom Eaves and had taken up the lead inside the final furlong. He stayed on well to beat Best Trip by a length and there were plenty of members of Lets Go Racing 1 to welcome him back into the winners enclosure.
Oaks day got off to a fantastic start but not at Epsom but at Catterick. Queen Kindly is a daughter of Frankel and a filly we really like. She was sent off the odds on favourite and you’re always a little bit nervous, you can never plan how they will run first time out. Jockey Jamie Spencer knew we liked her and he rode her with plenty of confidence. She was held up just behind the leaders, started to make a move two furlongs from home and soon pulled clear of the rest of the field. She went on to win by 5 lengths on the bridle and looks an exciting prospect for owner Jaber Abdullah.
Carnageo secured his first win of his career with a sex length victory at Ripon. He was lightly raced as a two-year-old, he grew a lot and is a big imposing horse. Richard has described him as a bit ‘thick’ it’s taken him a while to realise what he’s meant to be doing at the racetrack but the penny has finally dropped. He was always prominent and took up the lead two furlongs from home under jockey Tony Hamilton. They pulled clear of the rest of the field and ran on strongly to win impressively. The Up For Anything Syndicate were there to welcome him back to the winners enclosure.
In My Place has been running well this season after a 159 day break and he got his head in front at Redcar on his fourth start since April. He was held up towards the rear by jockey Tony Hamilton and they started to make headway inside the final two furlongs. He is a little bit quirky and did hang left but but he kept on towards the finish and stayed on to win by a neck.
It looked as if it was going to be another frustrating day with two seconds from our first few runners but then Normandy Knight showed a great attitude to win at Leicester. He was always in touch under jockey Paul Hanagan and they started to make their move two furlongs from home. He was joined for company by Ttainted Love and the pair battled inside the final furlong. Normandy Knight got up in the dying strides to win by a neck.
Good news! Sammy Jo is back from hospital. After a long wait at Hull yesterday an ambulance finally picked her up and she got back about 10pm last night.
Sammy had to have an operation to put plates on her pelvis. She is going to have to spend the next six weeks in a wheelchair, after that we will just have to wait and see what the doctors say.
Sammy is staying with Richard and I while she’s in the chair. It will be easier for her to get about and she will be able to wheel herself out into the yard and the office so she won’t get too bored. Sammy’s mum is here looking after her and she’s in great spirits considering everything. One of the first things she said when she got back yesterday is ‘i’m going to wheel myself down to see Arctic Feeling in the morning.’
Sammy has had so many people wish her well and the lads in the yard have been fantastic. I am sure they will make sure she still feels involved around the yard while she recovers.
Scofflaw was sent off a big price at 20 to 1 on his debut at Chester. It was a big ask for the son of Foxwedge to start his career at such a specialist track but he didn’t disappoint us. He tracked the leaders under David Nolan and when Dave asked him to go they found a space on the rail and powered to the front. He stayed on strongly to win by three-quarters-of-a-length beating horses who had already had a run under their belts. He and Tina looked very pleased with themselves when they got back to the yard.