EGLINTON, LANARK & RENFREWSHIRE
SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2002
by Dave Scott
week saw the inaugural meeting of the Eglinton, Lanarks and Renrews point
to point at Ayr racecourse. The location of the meeting combined with an
awful forecast kept the attendance below expectations, but those that did
attend were treated to some good sport and weather. The ground was
originally described as good to soft but was changed to soft after a
couple of races and the way some finished it may have been sticky rather
than soft. Times were generally around 7min 15 sec – 7 min 30 sec so
this was a testing course.
honours fell to Luke Morgan who rode a treble and two seconds. His treble
came from three of the last four races with victories aboard Royal
Reference in Division 2 of the short Maiden, Red Gauntlet in Division 2 of
the 3 mile Maiden and Westie who landed the concluding Members Race. Of
the three Royal Reference looks one with a future. Sent to the front from
flag fall this one kept finding extra all the way up the straight when
challenged by Jazz De Chalamont, a promising 5 year old, and Toft Hall
which plugged on gamely but was a little one paced at the business end
after looking a likely winner turning for home.
Gauntlet was another all the way winner when accounting for Commanche
Spirit. The form really doesn’t look anything special and the winner may
struggle to progress from this. Be A Better Boy, from the Walton stable,
ran a decent race for a debutante and given normal progression may end up
the best of the bunch from this race.
in contrast to Luke’s other two winners was waited with until between
the last two before being produced to outgun Tursal. The winner jumped
poorly and in the circumstances did well under an excellent ride.
in the day we were treated to another fine display of front running from
Forty Love with Tessa Clarke aboard. The pair had to overcome a major
blunder on the second circuit but despite this neither Pharmistice or
Riparius could land a serious blow at the winner. Many thought the winner
required firm ground but dispelled this idea with another good display.
Pharmistice gave the winner a fair start and in the circumstances ran
really well to get as close it did.
Street and Morag Neill won the opening Confined. Although the pair
didn’t jump as well as they can they came with a well timed run to lead
at the last and run away from Supreme Day and Dream Of My Life. A step up
to Open company is probably well warranted for this combination. Favourite
Sam Byrne looked to be going well on the turn for home but ran really wide
and stopped alarmingly quickly. It will be interesting to see if there is
any explanation for this run as he is a promising sort.
Next Waltz and James Innes got the better of Icelandic Spring and Luke
Morgan in the Mens Open. The pair were separated by only a head at the
line and it really was a thrilling finish, however Castle Owen and Andrew
Richardson were well clear of this pair when departing at the third last
when still travelling strongly. This one should be noted in future events.
Of The Forest and Clive Storey who won their Maiden when getting up in the
shadow of the post at Alnwick repeated the feat when rallying strongly
from the last to deny Si Celia which had looked the winner after going
clear between the last two. The winner had made a mistake at the second
last which handed the initiative to Si Celia but under a typical Clive
Storey drive the combination gradually got the upper hand to score by
three parts of a length.
Boy was given a very positive and accomplished ride by Caroline Hall when
the pair hacked up in Division 1 of the short Maiden. Leading a long way
from home the pair never looked like being caught. Anbrooka was a
respectable second while Incroyable Mais Vrai ran on from a different
Parish to finish third and looks a one to follow in back end Maidens.
other race on the card fell to Briar Rose under Laura Hislop. This dour
stayer was sent on before the home straight and looked to have taken
Faster Sweeps measure but the eventual runner up came with an effort to
challenge again between three and two before stamina came into play and
the mare ran on too strongly Faster Sweep who is only 5 and can win a
short Maiden on this evidence.