It may be the last month of the year, but it is proving to be a successful one for TALL TREES RACING!
HAMOODY kept our winning run going, by taking the sprint claiming stakes in good style, winning comfortably in the end!
Wednesday we are back at our lucky track, Lingfield Park with course and distance winners ADDICTIVE DREAM and KUANYAO, both expected to make a good account of themselves, again TONY HAMILTON taking the rides.
We return to Lingfield Park this afternoon, with HAMOODY as favourite in the betting for the 5f Claiming Stakes at 12.45. He has a decent record at this sort of level, and with been successful on his last two all weather appearances he has to be respected.
TAX FREE is an admirable veteran who scored off this mark back in June, he needed the run last time out and will hopefully strip fitter today.
The long journey down south to Lingfield Park proved successful yesterday, as KUANYAO took the 7f Handicap in comfortable style after quickening well entering the final furlong. The 7 y o had previously racked up a five race winning spree back in 2009 both on Polytrack and Turf, and something similar could happen again as he is in great heart!
ADDICTIVE DREAM travelled exceptionally well in the valuable 5f sprint handicap, but he paid the price for being taken on for the lead by an in form rival and finished a gallant second place.
Tomorrow sees the yard again back at Lingfield Park with HAMOODY making a bold bid back in claiming company, and TAX FREE having come on for his last run in the 6f handicap. Here’s hoping it will be another successful visit for the stables!
The yard has sent three runners down to Lingfield for todays action, with ADDICTIVE DREAM and KUANYAO both hoping to repeat their winning ways last time, and a first run for the stables with FREEWHEEL in the 1m 2f Conditions Stakes. All three runners are partnered by TONY HAMILTON, with ADDICTIVE DREAM remaining on a competitive mark despite a 4lb rise for his recent win at Lingfield over 6f last time, he is feared the most. FREEWHEEL is an intriguing contender as he has only ran once in Ireland and won over a mile and one furlong, whereas KUANYAO faces a stiff task from his draw, but he is the main form rival in the race.
Last week was a worthwhile journey down south with ADDICTIVE DREAM returning to winning ways at Lingfield Park, he was running over his optimum trip of 6f and was given a canny ride by TONY HAMILTON always in a good position and travelling strongly, he took it up furlong out and saw it out well, the sharp 6f obviously suiting him. He returns to Lingfield on the 4th December this time he will be dropped back to the minimum trip, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t go in again.
The next day the team were in action at Kempton Park, where KUANYAO was able to get his own way in front at a sound pace, and came home a comfortable winner as a result. He was given a fine front-running ride by jockey JOE FANNING, he was able to get a breather at the top of the home straight and that won him the day!
Five of the yards horses line up at Ripon today, with RODRIGO DE TORRES fancied to repeat his previous form in the Great St Wilfred where he was only beaten 3 lengths, today’s smaller field and his prominent style of racing suggests it may be worth having a look at the far side.
Musselburgh tomorrow we have a good chance of bringing home a winner or two from just 3 runners, all three will be ridden by the promising Apprentice JORDAN NASON who is only 5 winners away from reducing his claim to 5lb. He has won on ROCKET RONNIE in the 3.00 and the 7lb claim will hopefully help, MR SNOOKS ran a blinder last time at Musselburgh and would just need a repeat of his run to take the 5.45 Division II of the 5f sprint, whereas TRUE THAT has slipped to a dangerous mark and has been going well at home, it should be a successful weekend if luck prevails!
MANATEE BAY was well supprted at 11-4 second favourite for the 5f handicap at Hamilton Park yesterday. Confidently ridden by JOE FANNING he scored by two lengths in good style from the even money shot Teetotal.
This win was enchancing the rearkable strike rate of our Trainer, as we have now had eight winners from just 19 runners in 2013.
With the rain softened ground at all meetings across the country, IMPERIAL LEGEND relished the changing conditions to take the 5f Handicap at Haydock Park under TOM QUEALLY, providing the jockey with the first leg of a double. His target may now be the Ayr Bronze or Silver Cup in two weeks time.
Further afield we have runners at Ascot, where DON’T CALL ME bids to take the race he won last year, although running off a 9lb higher mark jockey KEVIN STOTT takes off a valuable 7lb and the 6 year old gelding always runs a solid race at the track. Back up to Yorkshire and the 6f Handicap sees the stable have runners in both divisions. The first division at 2.00 sees BONNIE CHARLIE lining up with a 2lb lower mark than when taking the race last year, well drawn he won’t mind the ground and will be hard not to make a solid case for him. Division II INDEGO BLUES comes into the race off a decent effort last time at Newcastle, and another who won’t mind the softer conditions, that said our other runner BEAU AMADEUS will definately appreciate the going, and today he is dropped back to 6f and the blinkers re-applied could make all the difference on his third start for his Trainer.
13 year old INDIAN TRAIL runs his final race at Beverley today in a race named after the gallant chesnut gelding. Owned by Martin Love and having amassed just short of £200 000 pounds in prize money during his career, it will be an emotional yet fitting end for the popular sprinter, for both owner, trainer, jockeys and all those who have been associated with him over the years, will be there to witness his final race.
With all eyes on the 3.05 at Beverley, we must not overlook the 2.20 at Chester, where top sprinter ADDICTIVE DREAM will be partnered by top jockey KIEREN FALLON. Having had time off, and needing his recent runs, the horse goes into the race fit and well, having only been beaten 2 lengths last time at Nottingham in a conditions race, now returning to handicap company and Fallon again on board, connections are hopeful of a big run today!
This bank holiday we are just at the two meetings, and the yard is represented at Newcastle and Ripon this afternoon.
The 2.25 at Ripon sees GIOIA DI VITA having his second start for the yard after meeting trouble in running last time at Newcastle the lightly raced 3 year old can be excused and he is very much a contender in this race today.
Up at Newcastle we have three horses in the same race all appreciating the rain softened ground there today. BEAU AMADEUS is dropping back to 6f a winner over distance at two and a strongly run race over 6f on soft ground should be ideal, whereas the danger could lie in TAJNEED who will relish further give underfoot.