SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2003
by Dom Bradshaw
Sikander A Azam made a sparking introduction to
point-to-points at Sunday’s Burton fixture at Market Rasen, which
boasted a ten race card after the restricted was divided on the day.
Ridden by the highly promising Thomas Greenall, he made
eye-catching headway throughout the final circuit in the Confined and was
smoothly brought through the field to score by six lengths in the fastest
time of the day. Beforehand, there had been doubts regarding his stamina ,
as he’s a winner of six races under rules but none of his victories has
been over further than 2m1f. However, any doubts were soon cast aside and
he appeared to see out the trip with no problems. Make no mistake, this is
a quality horse and has the assistance of a good up and coming rider in
the shape of Thomas Greenall
and it’ll take a good ‘un to catch them.
The Mens Open provided one of the best fields seen in these
parts for a long time, which included Good Vibes, Maitre De Musique, Red
Rebel, Times Past and Wise Price, but none of these could hold a candle to
Young Lorcan (Nicky Tinkler), who quickened away from the field with
consummate ease to come home twelve lengths clear of his nearest pursuer.
Like Sikander A Azam, the partnership of Nicky Tinkler and Young Lorcan
looks a perfect combination and they must be followed.
In the absence of stable star Upham Lord, it was left to
pointing debutant Bloomfield Storm to carry Jill Dawson home in first
place in the Ladies Open. The 10yo son of Glacial Storm, formerly in the
care of Kim Bailey, wasn’t over fancied by connections but showed a good
turn of foot to come home five lengths clear of the field. Although his
jumping wasn’t the greatest at times (he’ll prefer a faster surface),
he showed a plenty of acceleration and looks to be a more than able deputy
for his illustrious stable mate!
Knock Lord, so impressive at the Lincolnshire United Hunts
Club fixture here two weeks earlier, followed up in impressive fashion to
take Division One of the Restricted in the capable hands of Richard
Burton. He looks a horse of great potential and expect to see plenty more
improvement from him in the coming months.
Division Two of the Restricted went to Round The Bend, who
stayed on admirably under a solid ride from Louise Allan. Round The
Bend’s put in credible efforts on all of his three starts this season
and like his full brother Give It A Whirl, looks to have improved with age
and if he’s half as good as him then there’s more to come.
In Division One of the Maiden, Jawrjik, ridden by Clive
Mulhall, took an uncompetitive looking race by half a length from Colonel
Ludlow (Chris Cundall) However, the blinkered winner doesn’t look the
most co-operative of animals and had to be given the full Clive Mulhall
treatment to hold onto victory. He’ll find the step up to restricteds
Thomas Greenall completed a double on the day thanks to
Scottish Roots, who made a winning points debut in Division Two of the
Maiden. This one was all of the rage early on in the ring and one lucky
punter manage to obtain the odds of 10/1, which was quickly reduced by
bookie Dave Smith to the more realistic price of 2/1! He did this nicely
enough and has looks to have the scope to take a Restricted.
The gigantic Strewth (Joe Docker), who has look devoid of
stamina in the past, found just enough to last home in Division Three of
the Maiden to deny the fast finishing Imps Way (Lee Bates) by half a
length. They say that every dog has its day, but in this case it’s could
be a case of every horse having its day and I’ve a feeling this might
have been Strewth’s! I think he’ll struggle to score in better
The final division of the Maiden went to Grand Ambition,
completing a double for Clive Mulhall.
Ababou (Steve Charlton) comfortably took the Members race by ten lengths from the only other finisher Hopping Mad (Ed Gretton).