Saturday 18th August 2012
Raceday Round Up- 18th August
THE annual Blue Square Bet Grey Horse Handicap produced another great spectacle with Medici Time landing the spoils under Eddie Ahern.
Ahern raced to the fore aboard the Tim Easterby-trained gelding and he kept pulling out more to win by a length and a quarter.
Ahern said: “He is often slow away but he jumped on terms today and was able to use his turn of foot to win the race rather than to get in to it.”
The Irishman was completing a double, having also scored aboard the Richard Hannon-trained Light Up My Life in the Bet At Bluesq.com Fillies’ Nursery.
The Zamindar filly was another to make every yard of the running and she skipped clear to win impressively by nearly four lengths.
Ahern added: “Mr Hannon never gives you instructions so I just took it how I found it. I was in front and she never looked like getting caught.”
Close to £100,000 was raised for Racing Welfare and The Household Cavalry Operations Casulties Fund by the riders in the Blue Square Cavalry Charge, Charity Race. Victory went to Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, who steered the John Gosden-trained Dick Doughtywylie to a comfortable success.
Zanetto was the pick of the paddock prior to the EBF Barton Stud Maiden and he duly obliged under Liam Keniry for trainer Andrew Balding.
The son of Medicean, a 15/2 shot, made all and ran out a ready winner by a length and three quarters.
The winning jockey said: “He jumped well so I just let him bowl along in front. He’s done it nicely.”
The Newmarket Equine Hospital Stakes produced a good finish with 14/1 chance Hamza winning for jockey Jim Crowley and trainer Kevin Ryan.
Crowley said: “I broke well and he has kept going and won nicely. He is genuine and likes this fast ground.”
Mickael Barzalona kept up his impressive strike rate on the track when winning the Sir Percy Conditions Stakes aboard Godolphin’s Laajooj.
Barzalona came from last to first aboard the 15/8 favourite and a step up in class now beckons for the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained four-year-old.
Al Zarooni doubled-up when Kiz Kulesi (5/1) won the Horseflies Handicap under James Doyle.
The concluding Dodson and Horrell Handicap went to Ex Orientate (11/2) for trainer John Gosden and jockey Nicky Mackay.
Racing resumes on the July Course next Friday, 24 August.