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Good times rolling as Ryedale yards rack up winner after winner
3:21pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
INEVITABLY the larger stables get the greater share of the limelight but Malton Racing Association has 29 members and this season many of the smaller yards have been ticking along nicely – in some cases quite extraordinarily well.
Last Saturday, Norton trainer Tim Etherington accompanied his six-year-old sprinter Burning Thread, ridden by Adam Beschizza, on the long journey to Sandown Park and the trip proved well worthwhile with a two-length win in the five-furlongs Betfred Goals Galore Handicap.
Quickly out of the stalls, he followed the leader, Ask The Guru, for a couple of furlongs before taking charge and winning unchallenged.
He had won the Listed Scurry Stakes over this course and distance three years ago but Etherington said: “He had an injury at the end of his three-year-old career and it really knocked his confidence.
“To help him in the stalls I have to take the blind off very slowly and then he’s fine. I’d love to take him to the Portland but even five and a half furlongs at Doncaster is stretching him.”
Burning Thread is clearly a talented performer and one to watch out for, particularly when he makes a long journey – his previous win was back in July – at Bath.
• AS well as Malton’s Richard Fahey, Nawton’s David O’Meara, the Easterbys and Brian Ellison, we saw winners in the past seven days from Paul Midgley, Tim Walford, Julie Camacho and Ollie Pears, but the really extraordinary performance came from Kristin Stubbs’ small Norton yard.
Former jockey Stubbs, who only took the licence over from her mother Linda earlier this year, has saddled five winners, two seconds and a third from her last ten runners. She said: “My target for this season was 10 winners, which I’ve now had. Things are going better than I could have imagined.”
Two of her wins, at Hamilton Park and Carlisle, came courtesy of Gold Beau, while Bronze Beau won at Beverley on Saturday.
Both these horses carry the colours of Norton owner Dave Arundale, a long-time supporter of the Stubbs stable. Ridden by 5lb claimer Jake Butterfield, Bronze Beau led from start to finish and scored by two and three-quarter lengths.
Stubbs added: “The horses are in brilliant form. We’ve had five winners since last Friday so it’s pretty amazing.
“The key to this horse is letting him get his own way up front. When something challenges him for the lead he has a tendency to sulk.”
• FAHEY’S Musley Bank yard is right back in the groove again and last week, from Monday, when he had a four-timer, to Saturday, with a treble, he notched up 13 winners.
Saturday’s trio was highlighted by Ladys First, ridden by Tony Hamilton, winning the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown Park in a dead-heat with Integral.
A really fine race had developed into a battle between the two in the final quarter mile as Ryan Moore and Integral pulled half-a-length clear and then Ladys First battled back.
Neither of these game fillies was willing to surrender and at the post the issue was still in doubt but, after a long deliberation, a dead-heat was the result – a just verdict as neither filly deserved to lose.
Stoute said: “The other horse is admirably consistent and I thought she had us beaten so I’m happy to share the prize.”
There is no doubting Ladys First’s consistency and she has fully justified her busy programme with this Group 3 success.
At the weekend, Fahey gave some indication of his future plans for his classy Goodwood Lennox Stakes winner Garswood.
“He’s in the Park Stakes at Doncaster, the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp (both races next week) and the Prix de la Forêt at Longchamp in October, so we’ll see which way we go,” he said.
“He’s in great order at the moment. I’m delighted with him. I’d like to get two more runs into him this year, but we’ll see.”
There could yet be a change of plan as Garswood is entered in Saturday’s £250,000 Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park and I understand that he will going for this lucrative prize, where he will be taking on top sprinter, Lethal Force, over six furlongs.
• ONE of the jockeys to have really benefited from last week’s Musley Bank successes was stable apprentice George Chaloner.
The five-pound claimer had a double at Catterick on Wednesday, on the Fahey-trained Dolphin Village and the Bryan Smart-trained Wild Sauce, and finished the week with four wins.
Fahey and Chaloner picked up where they had left off, at Hamilton on Monday, when winning the opening race with Bandolier.
Since Fahey started training, at Butterwick 20 years ago, three of his young jockeys have won the champion apprentice title – Robert Winston, Paul Hanagan in 2002 with 81 winners and Freddy Tylicki in 2009 with 69 winners.
This year he has two in a challenging position, Chaloner and Lee Topliss but, at present, the lead is held by Jason Hart, attached to Sledmere trainer Declan Carroll.
Hart rides for a number of northern trainers and a couple of weeks ago had a treble at Newcastle, including two successes for Sheriff Hutton handler Tim Walford.
Jake Butterfield is another of the younger riders who are providing something a bit special in the saddle these days.
Attached to Ollie Pears’ yard at Norton, he has notched up six wins in the past two weeks, one for his boss and the other five for neighbour Kristin Stubbs.
• THIS weekend sees York’s only Sunday fixture of the year, The Press Family Raceday.
Seven thoroughbred races are preceded by the final of the Charles Owen pony racing series.
If the quality of the heats for this competition that were run at Beverley last Saturday, are anything to go by a treat is in store for spectators at York.
The racing under rules always provides really competitive fare on this day supported by our sister paper, The Press, and there are over 200 entries for Sunday’s races.
A number of attractions are provided to entertain the children, including a bouncy castle and appearances at intervals by children’s favourite Peppa Pig.
There is also combined Grandstand and Course Enclosure early bird admission for just £12 and under-16s are admitted free.
It should be an ideal opportunity for non-racing families to sample the Sport of Kings.
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