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Horse Racing: Freddie’s whopping double
FREDDIE TYLICKI is a jockey with the Midas touch.
The Ryedale rider travelled to Yarmouth last week and pulled off what some believe to be the biggest priced riding double ever recorded in Britain – at a whopping 4,283-1 – after scoring a 125-1 win in the feature event on Semayyel for Newmarket trainer Clive Brittain, and a 33-1 victory aboard the Mark Rimmer-trained Emerald Wilderness in the following race.
The shock double came just four days after Tylicki had achieved every jockey’s dream of riding five winners from five rides at the same meeting for five different trainers at Newcastle, a haul that amounted to cumulative odds of 7,435-1.
“That was some day,” joked the Norton -based jockey after his latest twin-strike. “I got some kick out of winning on Semayyel. She may have been 125-1, but she didn’t run like that. She absolutely trotted up.”
Five lengths was the winning margin in the John Musker Stakes, a Listed contest with a first prize of more than £18,500, after Tylicki had produced the three-year-old to lead at the furlong marker.
“I didn’t know a lot about Semayyel beforehand, but Clive (Brittain) said she’d been working well and he’d put the blinkers back on her. Clive is a legend. He certainly knows what he’s talking about.”
Tylicki, the champion apprentice in Britain in 2009, was equally thrilled to win on Emerald Wilderness.
“He was claimed out of a seller and was having his first run for Mark Rimmer,” he explained. “Mark and I go back a long way. He used to ride with my father in Germany, so I have known him since I was a little lad. It’s great to ride winners for him now.”
Tylicki came close to completing a monster treble at Yarmouth when his final mount on the card, Stone of Folca in the sprint handicap, finished second to My Propeller, the mount of Frankie Dettori and owned by footballer Joey Barton.
Tylicki, whose career was dramatically derailed in 2010 when a fall at Musselburgh left him with a major shoulder injury, which kept him out of action for seven months, can hardly believe how things have gone for him lately. Last month at Beverley, he rode a treble, which included winning a Listed prize on famed northern sprinter Borderlescott, whom he was riding for the first time, in the Beverley Bullet.
“I’ve had a great run lately, which is typical of racing,” he said. “You don’t necessarily do anything different from what you’re doing every day of the week, but then the ball starts rolling for you.”
There was no fairytale for Tylicki and Borderlescott in Saturday’s Ayr Gold Cup – the testing ground proved too much to handle for the unplaced veteran sprinter – but the in-form rider did not return home empty-handed.
Common Touch, trained by Richard Fahey , and jointly-owned by former York Racecourse chairman Nicholas Wrigley and Kevin Hart, came out on top in a photo-finish to the seven-furlong handicap to provide Tylicki with a short-head victory at 9-1.
IT was third time lucky at Ayr for Garswood, who, having twice been beaten in maiden company, came good in Listed company in Scotland to prove himself an above-average juvenile.
The only problem for his trainer, Richard Fahey, occurred hours before the race when his car spluttered to a halt near Scotch Corner, about 170 miles from his final destination. By the time he arrived at Ayr, Garswood had won, cooled off and was putting his feet up.
Winning jockey Tony Hamilton was impressed by the strapping son of Dutch Art, who is a real laid-back character.
Having tackled six furlongs on his previous two starts, he successfully reverted to the minimum distance at Ayr and coped with the prevailing heavy ground.
“I was off the bridle at half-way, but then was in a bit of a pocket, which enabled me to fill him up and he came home really well. He’s a good horse,” said Hamilton, who is enjoying a fine campaign.
He boosted his seasonal tally to 44 winners after his Scottish circuit took him to Hamilton for two days where he scored on mud-lover Coolminx and She’s A Character, also trained by Fahey, who is now nudging a prize money haul of £1.8 million. The only previous time he won more was in 2010 when Wootton Bassett’s massive juvenile exploits pushed his trainer over the £2 million mark.
BACHOFTHEQUE has been the apple of Tim Easterby ’s eye for some time and the Great Habton trainer welcomed the two-year-old into the winners’ enclosure at Ayr after his second fluent success in a matter of weeks.
“He’s a horse I’ve always liked,” said Easterby. “I was stunned one day at Ripon when he got beaten in an auction race. I still don’t know what happened that day. Other than that his form is good. He came up against a Gimcrack winner (Blaine) and a Lowther winner (Rosdhu Queen) and wasn’t beaten far by them.”
Successful at Carlisle on his previous start, Bachoftheque gained his latest win on his handicap debut under David Allan. “He’s a big, strong horse and he’s got the most wonderful temperament. I’d like to think he’ll be an Ayr Gold Cup horse one day.”
In the meantime, Bachoftheque will bid to add another win to his juvenile record. “I’m sure there will be another nice nursery or two he can go for. He’s not finished for this season yet,” said Easterby.
MENTION of Ayr would hardly be complete without passing on congratulations to Kevin Ryan, who, incredibly, won the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup for the second successive year and for the third time in six years with Captain Ramius.
The mount of multiple Irish champion Pat Smullen, Captain Ramius, one of four runners from Ryan’s Hambleton stable in Europe’s richest sprint handicap, won by two and a half lengths from Regal Parade, with Maarek and Sholaan close up behind in third and fourth.
Just for good measure, Ryan also sent out two Catterick winners on the same day, both ridden by his daughter, Amy, who is making a bold bid to win the apprentices’ championship this season.
She would become only the second woman to achieve the feat in Britain, after Hayley Turner shared the spoils with Saleem Golam in 2005.
PURCHASING second-hand horses can be a precarious business, but Tony Coyle clearly bought well when paying £20,000 for New Hampshire out of the powerful Newmarket stable of John Gosden at Newmarket Sales in February.
The four-year-old, whose arrival at Coyle’s Norton yard was signalled by a gelding operation, has never looked back since. At Catterick on Saturday, he gained a fluent pillar-to-post victory in the feature handicap on the card.
Ridden by Michael O’Connell, New Hampshire galloped his rivals into total submission and crossed the line with almost five lengths to spare.
It was a second success of a season which has also seen him placed several times. And there could be more to come from the bargain buy, who had originally changed hands for $170,000 as a yearling in America.
“The softer the ground, the better he likes it,” says Coyle. “He’ll run again at Pontefract this week and then go straight for the November Handicap at Doncaster.”
PAUL MIDGLEY was another Ryedale trainer among the winners at Catterick. The Westow handler placed Hoppy’s Flyer to lift the seven-furlong handicap, a race in which she’d finished second 12 months earlier.
A season which started on a downer for Midgley when his stable star, Internationaldebut, collapsed and died on the gallops, has panned out well for the trainer. Hoppy’s Flyer was his 31st success of the campaign.
NO need to ask Rachel Richardson her favourite horse. Ryedane is miles out in front.
The veteran gelding provided Richardson, who is attached to the Tim Easterby yard, with her only winner as an amateur and he delivered for her again at Pontefract last week to give her a first success as an apprentice, having turned professional this year.
It was a close call. Ryedane had only a head to spare. But it was enough to provide the gelding with his 13th turf win on his 100th start on grass in a career which has also produced six all-weather successes.
It was also a memorable week for fellow Ryedale apprentice Neil Farley. Declan Carroll’s useful claimer reduced his allowance to 3lb after chalking up his 50th win at Catterick on Noel Wilson’s Drive Home.
Dale Swift, long since down to 3lb, is another apprentice enjoying a good run.
He won on Nigel Tinkler’s Misplaced Fortune at Pontefract before a near miss in the Ayr Gold Cup on Regal Parade and then another winner on the Ian McInnes-trained Top Notch Tonto.
Gemma Tutty and Matthew Hopkins were also in the spotlight last week when riding winners for their new Ryedale bosses. Tutty scored on Tim Walford’s in-form Talent Scout at Pontefract and Hopkins won on Jeer for Mick Easterby at Wolverhampton.
JOHN QUINN pulled off a Hamilton double last Sunday with two horses who will surely be worth following over hurdles in the coming months.
Red Tyke has already shown his jumping prowess – he scored on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen last month – but he underlined his versatility by following up on the Flat at Hamilton under Michael O’Connell, who was also aboard Moidore, the second leg of Quinn’s Hamilton double.
A £30,000 purchase out of Roger Charlton’s yard in the summer, Moidore, having his second outing for Quinn, after a pleasing fourth on the same track last month, justified favouritism in fine style.
A son of Galileo, Moidore carries the colours of Estio Pinnacle Racing, the same owners as Countrywide Flame, Quinn’s Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle winner at Cheltenham last season, who is currently preparing for a crack at the Cesarewitch Handicap.
A hurdling career beckons for Moidore, who, like Red Tyke, could be in destined for a rewarding winter campaign.
DAVID O’MEARA appears to have all bases covered in the William Hill Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket on Saturday.
The Nawton trainer has two useful runners in the first leg of the traditional autumn double and is likely to be well represented, no matter what the weather does in the meantime.
“Edmaaj could run a big race if the ground is soft and Andereigo could do so if it’s fast,” says O’Meara.