Monday was an entertaining day on the track, with many highlights at all levels of the sport. On day one of the Galway Festival, Joseph O’Brien continued his impressive start to his training career with a 17L winner, yes 17L, in a valuable handicap, whilst at Wolverhampton on the AW there was success for trainer Jose Santos with 200/1 shot, Dandy Flame. Ayr kicked things off, with racing starting on Soft to Heavy ground, something very rare around Britain. Attention then turned to Windsor, Wolverhampton and of course Galway. HA were at Windsor once again, and enjoyed a top evening racing with a number of noteworthy runs.
2 00 TEMERITY (R Fahey) 9/1, C5 2YO Novices, 7F, Soft
Yet another winner for Richard Fahey and this time out Temerity delivered more of what was expected on debut, cosily beating a well fancied Mark Johnson horse into second. She tracked the leaders throughout before being pushed out to challenge, where she coasted clear in the final furlong thriving on the soft ground. She was well fancied on debut but raced very green, whilst still finishing a respectable fourth. She shaped much better this time out at Ayr and is clearly on the up.
6 25 EVERGATE (H Palmer) 2/1, C4 2YO Maiden, 6F, Good to Firm (Good in Places)
Evergate was due a big run and he delivered this time out at the Berkshire track and didn’t go without support once again. In the long-term it may not work out to be the strongest of maidens, but the second place, Mr Pocket, was very short and had run well here before. Hugo Palmer’s colt looked a class above in the parade ring though, and showed this out on the track, pulling clear to win by 4L. 6F seems the ideal trip and next time out in a nursery he will remain one to watch, with more improvement definitely on the cards. Palmer has always spoken positively of this colt and his expectations are steadily beginning to be matched.
7 30 SEPTEMBER STARS (R Beckett) 9/4, C4 3YO H’Cap, 1M0.5F, Good to Firm (Good in Places)
The Beckett yard certainly has a promising 3YO filly in its books in September Stars, and on her handicap debut she put a competitive field to the sword. Entering the straight there was only going to be one winner and once she was shaken up she dominated the others. You have to feel there was some kept in reserve, and a mark in the mid 80s seems reasonable. Long-term we believe she will definitely rise higher than this, with big pot handicaps on the agenda in the not so distant future. Good ground and a shorter trip definitely brought out the best in this filly.