Wednesday Review (29/08/07)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of Wednesday's action.
The seven race card at Ayr began with Neil Callan steering the maiden 2 yr old Dubai Time to an easy victory at 8/13 for his governor Kevin Ryan. With the second, Harrison George, setting an honest enough standard, I feel confident enough to suggest that the winner can move on from this and will make his mark in nurseries.
The next was a competitive and congestive 7f handicap. It went in the way of Joshua’s Gold who was carrying the welter weight on 9-12 in the hands of Steve Donohoe. It was always well placed, close to the pace and by winning by a short head he foiled a gamble on the slow starting Spinning , who in all honesty may have still won if he had not found trouble in running. Fortunately he was an each way price so he would have made a small profit for players.
King Of Rhythm may have taken a few races to get his head in front, but this good looking 4 yr old gelding showed the right kind of attitude by squeezing in between rivals and battling on to beat Just Lille. He in turn was making it a double for jockey Neil Callan who had won the first and trainer Declan Carroll who had won the second.
For me a horse to watch out for is Whats Your Game who ran in the Class 6 five furlong handicap. Sent off at 100/1 having shown little in five starts he ran better than his final position suggests and maybe worth keeping an eye on if dropped to a seller.
If I was to tell you that not one but two track records were broken in one afternoon, would you say good horses or the track was very tight? I myself would go for the later as most of the races on the card at Kempton were pretty swift. Richard Hughes started a productive day by as good as making all the running on What Do You Know in a new five furlong course record from Even Bolder, who in his own right by going down by only ½L ran a cracker.
Richard Hannon and Ryan Moore teamed up in the first division of the 2 yr old mile maiden with the very progressive Palmerin who short headed the odds on Huzzah. The trainer and Richard Hughes joined forces in the next division with City Of The Kings, yet another lightly raced good looking type who showed more pace than the second Yaddree and third Conduit in the final furlong.
Richard Hughes and Richard Hannon made it three on the card when Edge Closer comfortably took care of his eight rivals, making five from six lifetime and then in the finale, Shine And Rise hacked up, spread eagling the field in yet another course record time on this occasion over two miles. Certain to come on for this as he is a hold up horse and so is allowed to relax for most of the race rather than run hard on the lead.
Seb Sanders didn’t have to be at his best on his first two winners of his treble at Catterick as Wolf River who ran out a two length winner and Atlantic Coast for trainer Mark Johnston won with plenty in hand. However, he was like Harry Potter on Sangfroid, a moderate horse in a poor race. Seb was made to work for a victory that a lot may have felt unlikely as reminds were given after a furlong then again fully a half a mile out. He eventually wore down Bond Casino inside the final furlong.
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