Racing Live - Yarmouth 18th September 2008


17:20 And that's about it from a sunny Yarmouth, a good crowd enjoyed a competitive afternoons racing.

From the east coast good evening.

17:15 Another six furlong sprint, this time a handicap, to finish proceedings. In this event the handicapper should be pleased with himself as there was little to separate the field throughout.

There was another well backed favourite for the finale in the shape of Truly Divine, trained by Ed Dunlop and ridden by Ryan Moore looking for a quick double.

Happy to sit nearer last than first the favourite was well positioned to launch a challenge if good enough. The challenge was duly launched at the furlong marker and whilst it looked as though it was destined to be a successful challenge, there were other contenders equally up to the challenge.

As a result there was a mass charge for the line with a number of late running horses. None more than Game Lady, trained by Ian Woods, who lived up to her name and battled gamely to hold off the late challenge of Overstayed and Briannsta, leaving the favourite in fourth.

16:48 Our first sprint race of the afternoon, a six furlong two-year-old maiden stakes and finally an odds-on favourite obliges as Magaling gives birthday boy Ryan Moore a winner.

Sent off at 8/13 the Luca Cumani trained colt did not win in the style of a short priced horse and Ryan Moore had to keep him stoked up to get the victory.

The field split slightly with three of the twelve runners, including the winner, opting to keep towards the stands side, with the remainder sticking centre course.

In the main  group it was Bajan Tryst, Furious Belle and rank outside Igotim who took them along, whilst the three stand side runners, Magaling, Roar Of Applause and Musigny kept with them.

It was only inside the final furlong that Moore persuaded Magaling to get his head in front and once there he stayed on with Furious Belle and Bajan Tryst following him home for the minors.

16:26 Gamble landed in a very interesting betting heat for the feature race of the afternoon, the Halls Group “Victory Vase” Handicap over 1¾ miles.

Kossack opened as favourite but soon started to drift in the face of strong support for the Marco Botti runner Fiulin. Kossack still went off the jolly but Fiulin was backed into 7/2 from 9/2.

As in the two mile event the winner set off on a front running performance in his first attempt stepped up to the distance.

As they passed the furlong marker the only challenger to the leader looked to be the favourite but he did not have enough in the locker.

More dangerous was the William Haggas contender Crete under Michael Hills, stuck with nowhere to go approaching the furlong marker Hills managed to get a run and what a run it proved to be as it looked as though he was going to nail the leader.

Fiulin, however, is nothing but brave and he stuck his neck out to hold on from what could be described as an unlucky runner up.

The favourite eventually finished third.

15:52 On to the round course with a vengeance for our fourth contest as we had a two mile handicap.

Once again we had a very well backed favourite in the shape of Henry Cecil’s Kritzia who was sent off at even money and once again we had a favourite who flopped badly with the filly only managing to finish seventh.

I am always wary of front runners, especially in long distance races, however That Look is clearly an exception. A previous winner over obstacles this David Cantillion trained gelding led from flag fall under Chris Catlin and was never challenged at any stage in the contest.  

No Rules, ridden by Jimmy Quinn tracked him for most of the race before fading two out.

Caffari emerged as a challenger along with the fast finishing Capstan and Silk Hall but the long time leader held on to win by a length.

15:15 Yet another contest over a mile for our third race, this time a very lowly selling nursery (a handicap for two-year-olds)

We had another well backed favourite, this time in the shape of Cherry Belle, ridden by birthday boy Ryan Moore, however the jolly passed the line a never nearer fifth.

Rockinit was thereabouts throughout the race and went on to take the lead inside the final furlong, however she was quickly joined by Balladiene, ridden by Jimmy Quinn, and the pair battled it out to the line – crossing together. Even judge Dave Smith had to call on the camera to decide the result and it was Balladiene who got the call.

Tarawa Atoll took third with Mistress Mary in fourth.

In the subsequent auction the winner was bought in for 6,200 Guineas

14:45 Another contest over a mile for our second race, this time a nursery (a handicap for two-year-olds)

Top weight Stirling Castle was the very well backed favourite but was never ion the contest finishing mid-division, having never challenged throughout.

Rumble Of Thunder set the pace along with Proclaim, the latter from the Johnston yard.

These two were in still in contention at the business end, however their plans for victory were thwarted by a blistering run by Rafiqa under strong driving from Eddie Ahern. The filly had lookd as though she would appreciate the step up to a mile and so it proved as she took the race in good style winning by an increasing three lengths.

In the battle for second it was Rumble Of Thunder who got the better of Proclaim by a neck.

14:15 A two year old maiden stakes to get us under way and according to the betting it was a two horse race.

Cloudy Start from the Henry Cecil yard was backed in to odds-on favouritism whilst John Gosden’s Alwaary was a drifter from an opening 13/8 out to 9/4.

Early on it was, not untypically, a Mark Johnston runner who set the pace in the shape of Tilo’s Gem, accompanied by Shakin John.

The two market leaders were happy to settle behind the leaders, until the race developed two out, when Tom Queally asked the favourite for his effort and he went quickly clear with only Tilos Gem offering any semblance of a challenge.

Meanwhile Richard Hills on Alwaary was happy to bide his time before launching a run a furlong out, a run that proved decisive as he flew past his rivals to win by a length and a half from the favourite, with Tilos Gem the same distance back in third.

13:00 Good afternoon from a sunny Yarmouth where a bumper crowd is expected for ladies day.

We currently have four non-runners, details on the right.



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6 Huntdown (Cut Leg)
10 Newlyn Art (Going)

2 Affirmatively (Going)
6 Djalalabad (Not Eaten Up)
7 Double Carpet (Going)
14 City For Conquest (Infected foot)



1st 1 Alwaary 9/4
2nd2 Cloudy Start 5/6 fav
3rd 3 8 Tilos Gem 66/1
10 Ran
1 1/2 & 1 1/2
Win £3.90
Place £1.40 £1.10 £14.40
Exacta £5.30
Time 1' 39.99"


1st 5 Rafiqa 10/1
2nd 7 Rumble Of Thunder 15/2
3rd 2 Proclaim 7/1
10 Ran Fav No 1 9/4
3 & Neck
Win £11.10
Place £1.80 £2.60 £2.40
Exacta £84.50
1' 38.32"


1st 2 Balladiene 11/2
2nd 1 Rockinit 25/1
3rd 12 Tarawa Atoll 12/1
4th 10 Mistress Mary 22/1
16 Ran Fav No 5 11/4
Short Head & 2 1/4
Win £5.80
Place £1.30 £5.10 £3.90 £3.90
Exacta £182.90
1' 40.20"


1st 3 That Look 10/1
2nd 6 Caffari 18/1
3rd 4 Capstan 7/1
13 Ran Fav No 1 Evens
1 and Neck
Win £11.00
Place £2.60 £5.40 £2.20
Exacta £164.80
3' 29.59"


1st 9 Fiulin 7/2
2nd 6 Crete 9/1
3rd 10 Kossack 3/1 fav
11 Ran
Neck & 1
Win £5.70
Place £1.80 £3.60 £1.70
Exacta £43.40
Tricast £105.86
3' 01.84"


1st 8 Magaling 8/13 fav
2nd 14 Furious Belle 14/1
3rd 2 Bajan Tryst 5/1
12 Ran NR's 6 & 10
1 1/4 & 3/4
Win £1.50
Place £1.10 £3.50 £1.50
Exacta £14.50
Time 1' 12.92"


1st 10 Game Lady 8/1
2nd 5 Overstayed 8/1
3rd 16 Briannsta 25/1
12 Ran NR's 2 , 6 , 7 & 14
1 1/2 & Neck
Win £7.80
Place £2.30 £2.80 £6.10
Exacta £92.40
Tricast £1,548.51
1' 13.11"

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