Horse Racing 
Tuesday Review (26/06/07)

Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of Tuesday's action.

It is never easy handicapping Apprentice races under the best of conditions, so a mile and three on soft drying ground the opener at Newbury was very difficult to have assessed beforehand. A very slow early gallop was quickened markedly when the gamble of the race Rawaabet headed for home with fully five furlongs to go, and as it turned out a rash move, as all it did was give the rest of the field a lead. The winner Duelling Banjos a soft ground specialist took up the running and was kept straight and true by young Jack Mitchell where as the seconds rider lost his whip and had to resort to as much body assistance as possible, the race was run at over 14 seconds below Racing Post standard, only time would tell if it was because of the going or the class of race and slow pace.

Still in the very difficult bin even for the fact we had six non-runners, a field of ten 2 yr old fillies went to post over the 6f most of whom were marking their debuts. Plenty of money around for Talamanhana, Bikini and the one I liked Tina’s Best who took time to figure out what was required and will come on a lot for this first effort. The first past the post Edge Of Gold a 22/1 debutante broke well travelled nicely on the lead and when coming under pressure showed the right attitude although hanging left on top of the second past the post Geestring inside the final furlong as the front two pulled clear of the third Sakhacity winning in a tight photo. After a steward’s inquiry the placing’s were reversed and in my opinion rightfully so, it could easily have gone the other way though. After the winning line Cathy Gannon was unseated and taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm.

We witness a smart performance from Muthabara in the Hamdam Al Maktoum second colours as the daughter of Red Ransom slaughtered what looked an above average bunch headed by Lush at 11/8. Slowly away over the straight seven Martin Dwyer never had to move a mussel till squeezing through with a furlong and a half to run, when all he needed to do was shake the reigns putting 5L’s between himself and the pack, where as Richard Hills riding Sayedati Elhasna from the same yard John Dunlop never placed his filly with a chance to win picking up third place behind debutante Isent She Rich giving the clear impression there was plenty more to come.

A very interesting 12f maiden with five unexposed 3 yr olds taking on the dual hurdle winner Bonchester Bridge representing the shrewd Nicky Henderson. Trying to give a stone away Richard Quinn put a solid gallop to the race but was unable to stretch the field who stacked up behind getting short of room as the 6 yr old stopped, the winner Mirin had the best of the trip on the outside getting first run on Louviere who must have been checked four or five times and when getting daylight stayed on well as did the beautifully bred daughter of Sadler’s Wells Propaganda who can only get better for this debut run, the second and third would easily reverse the placings with the winner if meeting again.

As if we hadn’t had enough of tricky contests that had thrown up some surprise results, the next was a 3 yr old ten-furlong fillies handicap that went to the 10/1 shot Sell Out, held up off a stop start gallop the daughter of Act One showed a better turn of foot than the others that were dropped in. Noojoom responded well when coming under pressure to finish second, where as the likes of La Roca and Harvest Joy need to settle better if they are to win races.

The last a 0-70 five-furlong handicap went to Blessed Place in what was a thriller as he just got the better of Monte Major in a photo. Racing on together it was each oh two with Richard Quinn using his body strength to get on top from Patrick Hills, with the third Malapropism confirming a race is just around the corner.


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