Khajaaly took a trip to Windsor yesterday and came an eye-catching fourth of 13 runners over an extended mile. Race plans had to change when Jimmy Quinn was held up by traffic on route from Lingfield to Windsor and just failed to get to the course in time, missing the deadline by only two minutes. Traffic problems were to be a feature of the day, as Daniel Muscutt found when he stepped in at the last minute to take the ride. Daniel did nothing wrong on Khajaaly, got him covered up and was travelling very nicely, but was stopped in his run two or three times when making his challenge in the closing stages, and couldn’t get a clear run till it was too late. Another stride or two and he would have been third, but the post came too soon. Without the traffic problems that is a race we could have won.
After The Firm’s win on Tuesday we returned to Wolverhampton carrying a 6lb penalty, with Adam Kirby again in the saddle. The gelding normally has longer to recuperate between races so we were not sure how he would react to being brought out again so soon, and this was over a slightly longer trip. Adam tried to emulate Tuesday’s success with another front-running display, but The Firm may have struck into himself on the bend and finished slightly lame. Adam was aware that something was amiss in the home straight and brought him back carefully, in the interests of the horse, so this is a run best ignored.
On only his third start for Amazing Racing, THE FIRM did the business in fine style at Wolverhampton last night, romping home at odds of 12/1, after a very late plunge saw his price tumble from 16/1 just two minutes before the off. Wearing an eye-shield and blinkers for the first time, THE FIRM made all the running and pulled clear for a cosy win over the extended mile. Thanks to an inspired ride from Adam Kirby, he won with plenty in hand, and our 6 year old gelding looks set for a promising winter campaign on the all weather. He has certainly benefited from his break earlier in the year, and finally realised some of the potential his trainer always saw in him. Well done to Mark Loughnane and all the team at DML Racing!! Limited shares are still available in this horse so do contact us on 07799 951530 to get involved – don’t hang about, join a winning syndicate and leave the losers behind!
KHAJAALY, a multiple all weather winner, was sent off a well-backed favourite in the last race at Catterick. Despite having never scored on turf, we knew that conditions would be spot on for him here, where he ran a great race to be third just last month. Never far away from the leaders, Franny Norton produced him to challenge at just the right moment and he did enough to gain his first turf success to the delight of connections.
It took a couple of races for our trainer to get the measure of the gelding, but now we know what he needs, and he has won and been placed twice in his last three races on grass, and we will aim to find more opportunities for him before the turf season ends. He is in good heart, remains on a good handicap mark, and should continue to offer owners a great chance to get in the winners enclosure.
Two runners tomorrow – Khajaaly goes to Catterick and more rain wouldn’t hurt, while SunshineandBubbles makes her belated debut in a hot maiden at Wolverhampton. Godolphin have an unraced colt in that race that cost over half a million as a yearling. Hope it wasn’t worth the money!! Still time to get involved from only £120pm …..
Yesterday at Chester we were disappointed that SunshineAndBubbles was unable to make her long-awaited debut as jockey Martin Lane was unshipped on the way to the start and suffered an injury which required medical attention. As a result there was no alternative but to withdraw the filly. With the next entries being due on Monday, we are hoping to get her entered in a race as soon as possible. Next Saturday offers possible opportunities at either Catterick or Wolverhampton, so watch this space. Khajaaly is likely to be engaged at Catterick next Saturday, depending on the ground.
SunshineAndBubbles has been entered for the BETFAIR EBF Maiden Stakes at Chester on Saturday 12th September. There have been 22 entries with a maximum field size of 12, but we have not been allocated a ballot number so this time we are guaranteed a run. This should be a nice introduction for the filly in a good quality Plus10 race, at a venue close to home for her so she won’t have to spend hours in the horsebox. Shares still available.
Our two year old Multiplex filly – now named SunshineAndBubbles – has been entered for her debut race at Leicester on Tuesday 8th September. There are 65 entries, and we are number 33 for the ballot, so would need 20 to drop out above us in order to get a run, which seems unlikely. We are now looking at a maiden race at Chester on Saturday 12th September, which in the last couple of years has attracted a smaller field.
Soft ground seems to be the key to Khajaaly as far as the turf goes, because he has yet to win on grass despite having racked up 7 wins on the all weather. After his recent third at Catterick, Joe Fanning was positive that he can win on the surface on soft ground and that a mile wouldn’t be beyond him. So off we went on a very long journey to Ffos Las – which is a lovely track with excellent facilities for owners – to contest a one mile race on heavy ground. The favourite, Blue Astral, carried a 6lb penalty after his win over C&D the previous week and was due to go further up in the weights, so Khajaaly did well to chase him home in 2nd spot, with Luke Morris in the plate, about 6 lengths clear of the rest. Luke was very positive about the ride and we were very pleased with another improved run, so we will be looking for more opportunities – nationwide – for him to get a win under his belt before the end of the turf season. We know we will have fun with him on the all-weather over the winter but he has now shown what he can do on grass so we need to give him his chance.