Racing Live - Yarmouth 21st July 2008

17:22 and that is it from a sunny but windy Yarmouth.There is racing here again tomorrow but from the North Sea coat good night.

An apprentice handicap to end proceedings this afternoon and a couple of the riders having a fraught trip to the start as both Colton (B McHugh) and Revolving World (Michael Murphy) were very much on their toes.

Debra England claimed the bragging rights as she took Itsy Bitsy over the line in first place with a blanket finish for second place.

To give the bookies a great finish to the afternoon the winner was returned at 40/1.

Anyone listening to Derek Thompsons commentary may have been surprised by the result as he seemed to be watching a different race to me.

King Of Connacht was apparently inches behind the leader at one point inside the final furlong – well he was according to Tommo – according to my eyes he was fourth at the time.

Eventually the favourite took third place with Thornaby Green grabbing the runners up spot.

16:50 The sixth is probably not one for the form book as the most generous analysis would be that Russell Kennemore stole the race on Director’s Chair.

Always in the van, Kennemore took a commanding lead as they turned for home and, surprisingly, the others let him have the easy lead. Two out the lead was a good five or six lengths with nothing running on at all. Azure Mist was in second but making little impression and the only horse running on was the well backed Carmela Maria under Ted Durcan.

Inside the final half furlong the winner looked to be at the end of his tether but had enough in hand. The battle for second was more interesting with Carmela Maria grabbing the honours in the dying strides.

Interesting this was the winners first run since the removal of blinkers.  

16:20 Back onto the round course for out fifth race and a tight finish, well for the places anyway, the winner was Star Grazer under an enterprising run from Jack Mitchell.

In a race where the pace was set by Sendeffa, Jack Mitchell was happy to play follow my leader.

The pace was good and the field was tightly grouped for most of the race.

The first two were together until the furlong marker when Mitchell went for home. The challenger looked to be Granary Girl who came with a rattling run under Liam Jones but he did not have enough to catch the winner.

Also coming with a late run was Blandys Wood against the far rail and it took judge Brian Goodwill a couple of minutes to give second place to Granary Girl by a nose.

We had joint favourites before the off Naughty thoughts and Pretty Demanding.

The former was withdrawn at the start by the vet, resulting in a 25p rule four deduction.  

Pretty Demanding was actually pretty useless and never in contention.


15:40 Another six furlong race and this time a disappointing favourite in the shape of Punching, trained by Gaye Kelleway, who never showed in the race and finished nearer last than first.
Gone ‘N’ Dunnett, trained by local trainer Chris Dunnett was a well backed outsider and the gelding was thereabouts in the early stages along with Beat The Bell.

Quaroma, trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam and ridden by Frankie McDonald, tracked the leaders by the stands rail. Two out McDonald eased  the filly into the lead pursued by Beat The Bell and the running on Capone. The favourite was friendless in the market drifting from 9/4 out to 7/2.

15:20 Today is going to be a day to remember for young trainer Amy Weaver as she trained her first winner this afternoon in the shape of River Dee.

It has to be said the result was no great shock as River Dee was sent off the 1/2 favourite.
No great surprise either that Darryll Holland was replaced on Benetti by Sam Hitchcott.

Dispol Toba set the pace in the race, although it has to be said the pace was not that generous. Kapowee was settled in second with Benetti whilst the favourite was settled near the rear along with the outsider Hunch.

Jimmy Quinn on the favourite made his move three out and once in front the result was never in doubt as the colt came home by five lengths from Kapowee.

In a lively auction the winner was bought in for 15,000 guineas.

Stupid comment of the afternoon comes from caller Derek Thompson who announced that "Benetti was a star goalkeeper for Chelsea."

15:50 Well plenty of action before the race started. Joint favourite Light Of Dubai had been playing up in the parade ring and jockey Darryll Holland was unable to mount him. In the end he mounted the horse in the saddling box. When he emerged onto the track the horse reared and fell, throwing Darryll Holland off. The horse was soon caught but Holland sustained what seemed to be a rib injury and was barred from riding by the doctor.

 In the race itself Transferred set the pace but was swamped inside the final furlong by the cavalry. Four abreast half a furlong out any one of Dazinski, Captainrisk, Temperence Hall and Noble Dictator could have taken the honours.

In the end it was the joint favourite Dazinski who won by a neck from Captainrisk and Temperence Hall.

14:30 Good news the sun is out - it is still windy though.

14:20 Not content with cleaning up in British and European football Sir Alex Fergusson was the joint owner of the winner in our first race here at Yarmouth.

Last Three Minutes
, set off in second place behind Seventh Cavalry, who had been well backed into joint favouritism.

Seventh Cavalry held a good lead before paying the price for going off too soon and fading two out, as soon as he faded Last Three Minutes took full advantage under Tom Queally, winning by six lengths.

The John Gosden newcomer, Lion Gate, was the favourite on the opening show but drifted badly in the betting. The colt missed the break badly and was soon ten lengths behind with little chance, although he was running on at the end.

13:15 Good afternoon from Yarmouth where is is cloudy and wind, although the forecast is for the sun to appear later.

The going is Good to Firm

We have a few non-runners, details on the right


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7 Fawaz (ringworm)
14 Sawab (cast in box)

4 Shadow Bay (lame)
6 Glan Lady

5 Shenandoah Girl (lame)

12 Honeycott (lame)



1st 1 Last Three Minutes 5/2 jf
2nd 5 Seventh Cavalry 5/2 jf

11 Ran
Win £3.30
Place £2.40 £1.80
Exacta £9.20


1st 6 Dazinski 3/1 jf
2nd 3 Captainrisk 9/1
3rd 10 Temperence Hall 9/2

13 Ran NR's 7 & 14 w/d 11
Neck & 1/2L
Win £4.30
Place £2.00 £4.00 £3.70
Exacta £44.70
R4 15p for bets before withdrawal


1st 3 River Dee 1/2 fav
2nd 7 Kapowee 5/1
5 Ran NR's 4 & 6
Win £1.50
Place £1.10 £1.80
Exacta £3.40



1st 4 Quaroma 7/2
2nd 5 Beat The Bell 8/1
3rd 2 Capone 7/1
8 Ran
1 3/4L & 2 1/4L
Win £3.60
Place £1.80 £2.10 £1.90
Exacta £36.60


1st 11 Star Grazer 9/1
2nd 4 Granary Girl 16/1
3rd 8 Blandys Wood 40/1
10 Ran NR 5 w/d 2
1 3/4L & Nose
Win £8.90
Place £2.10 £3.00 £4.90
Exacta £61.00


1st 2 Director's Chair 7/1
2nd 4 Carmela Maria 9/2
3 Azure Mist 10/1
11 Ran NR 12
1 3/4L & 1 1/2L
Win £11.30
Place £2.60 £2.60 £2.90
Exacta £55.20


1st 12 Itsy Bitsy 40/1
2nd 1 Thornaby Green 10/1
4 king Of Connacht 4/1 fav
12 Ran
1L & short head
Win £37.20
Place £7.60 £3.50 £1.70
Exacta £755.80

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