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Jockey Tom Eaves heads to Ayr with high hopes for Hurryupharriet
NORTON jockey Tom Eaves heads to Ayr tomorrow with good prospects of enjoying another favourable outcome in a prestigious race which has been kind to him in the past.
The £35,000 Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes, which carries Listed status, has twice been won by Eaves, who scored a 33-1 success on Ian Semple’s Curtail in 2005 and an odds-on victory aboard Captain Gerrard, trained by Bryan Smart, in 2007.
Tomorrow, Eaves teams up with Hurryupharriet, trained in Ireland by Willie McCreery and a filly with an admirably consistent record.
A winner at Tipperary two outings ago, the speedy juvenile has since failed by only half a length in a similar Listed event at the Curragh.
Hurryupharriet faces some stiff opposition from the likes of Banadeer and Back Lane, trained by Malton’s Richard Fahey, who won last year’s race with Garswood, but Eaves’ mount has strong credentials to provide him with another triumph in this fivefurlong dash.
Highfield trainer John Quinn has an excellent chance of landing the Al Maktoum College Nursery with nap selection Makin The Rules, the mount of Mick O’Connell.
A Carlisle winner on his penultimate start, Makin The Rules produced an even stronger display at York last time when finishing a close-up second to Remember in a hot nursery on his handicap debut.
He has been raised 3lb for that performance, but looks a progressive individual and is fancied to resume winning ways.
The BAM Properties Ltd Handicap over five furlongs sees the Mick Easterby-trained Aetna returning to the course to bid for her third success of the campaign.
This smart three-year-old has not been seen out since finishing a good second to the useful Dutch Masterpiece at Newmarket in June. Easterby has a good record at this meeting and it would be no surprise to see Aetna return to action in a blaze of glory under Paul Mulrennan, who could hardly be in better form.
The UAE Handicap, staged over an extended two miles, looks a competitive race, but Flashman should be involved in the finish after his good effort at York recently.
The Fahey-trained gelding failed by only a neck to beat Eagle Rock and repeat the course success he had gained on Knavesmire in July.
Declarations for the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup will not be confirmed until this morning when the Gold and Silver Cups will be finalised at the same time.
It’s pure conjecture at the moment how the races will shake down, but if Farlow lines up for tomorrow’s Bronze prize, he is entitled to go well – especially if the ground is on the slow side.
At Newcastle, punters could do worse than follow the fortunes of three previous course-and-distance winners, King Pin (3.50), Black Rider (5.00) and Ichimoku (6.00).
1.20 Munfallet, 1.50 Makin The Rules (NAP), 2.20 Aetna, 2.50 Hurryupharriet, 3.25 Flashman, 4.00 Farlow, 4.35 Dark Ocean, 5.10 Medici Dancer.
2.10 Volume, 2.40 Artful Prince, 3.15 Waveguide, 3.50 King Pin, 4.25 Aneedh, 5.00 Black Rider, 5.30 Rich Again, 6.00 Ichimoku.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Wolverhampton and Newbury.
Today’s other meetings: Ayr, Pontefract, Yarmouth and Kempton.
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