Racing Live - Great Yarmouth 24th July 2012

07:36 The official going is Good to Firm (7.2) and a bright, warm day is forecast.

There is, currently, just the one non-runner.

08:27 Four non-runners so far.

09:02 and the non-runners still come, now up to seven

13:10 Good afternoon from a brilliantly sunny Great Yarmouth, there is a very light breeze coming in off the sea.

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

13:24 School holidays, beside the seaside and a sunny afternoon = family outings.


13:50 Our opening contest on this eight race card is the John Williams Celebrating A Lifetime In Racing Maiden Auction Stakes, a six furlong contest with 13 off to face the starter.

14:12 It's amazing how much better horses look with the sun on their backs and these two-year-olds looked nice.

No paddock negatives. Best looking of a decent bunch were Perseverent Pete and Sound Of Guns.

14:23 Fit For A King is reluctant going down

14:24 Fit For A King now being led to the start

14:30 Well the betting was spot on as the top two in the market battled it out for the finish, despite running contrasting races.

Vestibule was in front within half a furlong of the start, whereas Sound Of Guns missed the break really badly ceding the advantage to all her rivals.

Sound Of Guns was soon in mid division and began to make serious progress two out, sweeping into the lead a furlong out and with Vestibule pulling clear of their rivals.

Once in front Sound Of Guns was not going to be headed and she came home 1 lengths clear of her market rival.

Best of the rest, six lengths behind, was American Impact, who spent most of the race in third spot with Not Now Blondie coming home fourth.

16:07 I don't know what has happened but an hour and a half of race reports have disappeared and I am going to have to re-do them all. I'm not happy.

Race two was the Stanley Threadwell Memorial Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, another sic furlong contest with 11 off to face the starter. Venetias Dream was slightly on her toes, It's My Time was jig-joggy, Ihtifal, who looks really nice, is being ponied to the start.

Ihtifal proved to be a great winner, coming home five lengths clear of her rivals after setting the initial pace with market rival Palmette. When Ihtifal set off for home her rival could not respond.

Indeed Palmette was done for the runners-up spot by Tahlia Rea who came home with a late rattle.

It was up to a mile for division one of the Fillies’ Handicap, with nine off to face the starter. So far it's proving to find any paddock negatives here at Yarmouth and this race is no exception. Little to choose between them but I'm going for Consider Yourself to defy a 6lb penalty and follow up on last weeks Brighton win.

Once again the grey Consider Yourself showed how gutsy she is getting up in the final strides to record a short head victory, denying Travelling who looked destined to win after taking up the running two out.

Exopuntia was a neck back in third with the favourite, Twin Shadow being produced too late and having to settle for fourth place.

Division two of the Fillies’ Handicap, with nine off to face the starter is up next.

Darling Grace was the paddock pick with negatives for Zuzu Angel and Carpentras. It was a brilliant ride from Adam Beschizza on Darling Grace as she was reluctant from the stalls, then under pressure half way before she was switched to the centre of the course for a final effort where she denied the favourite Viking Rose on the line. Soho Rocks was a very impressive third running on after being last for most of the contest.

16:26 Back "live" again now and we were back to six furlongs again as eight lined up for the Well Balanced Ledger At J&H Simpson Handicap.

Soap Wars set out to make all and held the lead until a furlong out when Dane O'Neill produced Picabo with a decisive run, pulling clear to record a comfortable 3 length victory over Soap Wars.

Five Star Junior was a further 2 lengths back in third.

16:41 Right I've caught up. Yet another, but I promise last, six furlong contest for race six the Viking Family support Group Handicap with 14 due to line up.

Abadejo was a head shaker, Arch Walker was pulling hard and Microlight was slightly on his toes.

Not an inspirational bunch but narrow paddock preference is for Red Scintilla 

16:55 Clearly I wasn't the only one who liked Red Scintilla as there was a heavy late plunge as she was backed from 9/1 into 11/2, it's a shame nobody told the horse as she was quite disappointing.

There was also a late plunge on notorious gambler Barney Curley's horse Elusive Hawk, at one point 15/2 he was sent off the 4/1 second favourite and he duly obliged, even though his lead was fast diminishing as Arch Walker, who had led early on, found a second wind and was running on well.

The favourite, Yankee Storm came home third, with Excellent Aim fourth.

17:13 Down to the minimum distance of five furlongs for the Shamrock Motor Company Handicap, which has seven runners.

Silver Linnet was swishing her tail, See The Storm (1lb overweight) was a little bit on his toes. Autocracy looked really nice. 

17:25 Something of a shock result there as the 25/1 shot Speedyfix gives local trainer Christine Dunnett a rare victory, we think only her second win of the season.

Silver Linnet and Miss Polly Plum set the pace but the field was well bunched.

Autocracy jinked two out but it didn't look enough to cause too much damage.

A furlong from home Miss Polly Plum had the advantage with Speedyfix, See The Storm and Autocracy all in a position to challenge.

Approaching the half furlong pole Jimmy Quinn eased Speedyfix into the lead and set of home to record a length and a half victory.

Autocracy (blue and grey in the photo) ran on to edge Miss Poly Plum out of second spot by a short head.

See The Storm came home fourth with Silver Linnet fifth.

17:40 From our shortest race of the day we conclude with our longest race of the day, the extended 1m 3f Grange Hotel Ormesby St Margaret Handicap with ten off to post.  

Skyblue is a big horse, looks more like an NH type. Appraction Ticket was pulling a bit.

Three caught the eye Seven Veils, Scarlet Prince and Hollywood All Star with preference for the first named. 

17:56 To call this a race would probably lead to a complaint under the Trades Descriptions Act.

Seven Veils set off in front, had a healthy lead turning for home and once she shook off Ossie's Dancer it was race over and she came home six lengths clear.

Attraction Ticket did run on well late but he was never going to challenge the leader.

Eightfold was held up early doors to also make a late charge and he finished a further length back in third.

Similarly Scarlet Prince was doing his best work in the closing stages, finishing fourth.

Hollywood All Star was with the pace early on but Martin Dwyer eased the horse after looking down three out and he was virtually pulled up, clearly something amiss.

18:11 That's it from what would have been a perfect afternoon in the sunshine at Yarmouth, had I not lost most of my work.

I think the holiday crowd had a good afternoon, with some good finishes.

Much as I like John Hunt it wasn't the same being here without Derek Thompson who is at home after his cancer surgery. Here's wishing him a speedy recovery.

I can't decide where to go racing tomorrow. Part of me says Leicester as I want to support them after missing so many meetings but another part says Sandown, where Alfie Boe is performing after racing.

So I will be somewhere tomorrow but not sure where.

Meanwhile from the sunny North Sea coast a very good evening.


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The time in brackets is the time the horse was officially declared a non-runner.

SC - Self Certificate
VC - Vet's Certificate


8 Bountybeamadam (bruised foot - VC 08:49)
13 Queen Of Sacremento (going - 08:32)

1 Bonbon Bonnie (going - 08:05)
4 Byron's Gem (going - 08:22)

7 Reveal The Light (going - 10:12)

6 Ray Of Joy (going - 08:23)

8 Gypsy Jazz (going - 10:19)
14 Petrarchan (going - 10:21)

5 Punching (going - 08:40)
8 Berrymead (going - 10:14)

7 Grand Liaison (pulled shoe off - SC 15:57 Mon)


14:20 Maiden Stakes 6f 3yds

1st 7 Sound Of Guns 15/8 f
2nd 15 Vestibule 2/1
3rd 3 American Impact    12/1
Tote Win 3.30
Places 1.20 1.10 3.90
Exacta 7.50
CSF 5.55
Distances 1l  6l
Runners 13 ran
Non runners 8  13
Time 1' 14.03" (slow 2.73")

14:50 Maiden Stakes 6f 3yds

1st 5 Darling Grace 6/1
2nd 1 Viking Rose   5/2 f
3rd 2 Soho Rocks 5/1
Tote Win 10.00
Places 2.50 1.40 3.60
Exacta 25.20
CSF 21.92
Tricast 82.01
Distances neck  1l
8 ran
Non runners 7
Time 1' 39.92" (slow 2.72")

15:20 Handicap (Div 1) 1m 3yds

1st 1 Consider Yourself    7/2
2nd 3 Travelling 9/2
3rd 8 Exopuntia 20/1
Tote Win 4.30
Places 1.10 1.90 7.60
Exacta 20.80
CSF 19.74
Tricast 278.94
Distances short head , neck
Fav Twin Shadow 3/1 (4th)
9 Ran

15:50 Handicap (Div 2) 1m 3yds

1st 5 Darling Grace 6/1
2nd 1 Viking Rose   5/2 f
3rd 2 Soho Rocks 5/1
Tote Win 10.00
Places 2.50 1.40 3.60
Exacta 25.20
CSF 21.92
Tricast 82.01
Distances neck  1l
8 Ran
Non runners 7

16:20 Handicap 6f 3yds

1st 8 Picabo   4/1
2nd 1 Soap Wars 10/3
3rd 4 Five Star Junior    10/1
Tote Win 4.60
Places 2.00 2.20 4.40
Exacta 13.40
CSF 17.83
Tricast 123.86
Distances 3l  2l
Fav Kuanyao 11/4 (4th)
8 ran
Non runners 6

16:50 Handicap 6f 3yds

1st 2 Elusive Hawk   4/1
2nd 5 Arch Walker   15/2
3rd 4 Yankee Storm 3/1 f
Tote Win 8.80
Places 3.10 2.40 1.10
Exacta 52.50
CSF 37.91
Tricast 112.00
Distances 1l  1l
14 ran
Non runners 8  14

17:20 Handicap 5f 43yds

1st 7 Speedyfix 25/1
2nd 1 Autocracy 9/4 f
Tote Win 36.40
Places 7.40 1.60
Exacta 103.30
CSF 81.07
Tricast 624.72
Distances 1l, short head
7 ran
Non runners 5  8
Time 1' 02.71" (slow 1.91")

17:50 Handicap 1m 3f 101yds

1st 1 Seven Veils   3/1 f
2nd 4 Attraction Ticket 6/1
3rd 3 Eightfold 4/1
Tote Win 4.30
Places 1.70 3.10 1.80
Exacta 27.50
CSF 21.23
Tricast 72.70
Distances 6l  1l
10 ran
Non runners 7
Time 2' 27.68" (slow 2.68")