The stables fine run of form continued at Southwell today when Ulis De Vassy won his second race of the month at the Nottinghamshire track. He didn’t leave it quite so late this time and pulled away on the run in to win readily by 4 lengths. Well ridden once again by young claimer Patrick Cowley, and much deserved success for long time supporter of the yard, Paul Read.
Ted’s Brother was very unlucky to be disqualified and placed 2nd after a hard earned “victory” at Chelmsford on Thursday evening. He was given a great ride by Antonia Peck who switched him off the rail just at the right time to avoid getting boxed in and then timed her run to perfection to get up close home to win by a nose.
I was a steward for 10 years before I started training and having viewed the head on replays I am hopeful that Laura will have a good chance of overturning the Stewards decision on appeal. It was in my opinion the runner up (red cap) who drifted off the running rail, causing the 3rd horse to bump into Ted and knock his hind quarters out to one side.
Fingers crossed !
The long journey to Mussleburgh was made worthwhile with another winner for the in-form yard when Zakharova bolted up by 4 lengths in the bumper. Very well ridden once again by Patrick Cowley, who has partnered the last three winners for the stable.
Grecian King also ran very well and was only beaten by 2 1/4 lengths into 3rd place in the 2 mile handicap hurdle. He is improving with every run and it shouldn’t be long before he picks up a race.
Ulis De Vassy became the second winner for the yard in just 5 days. Held up in rear by Jockey Patrick Cowley, he looked to be booked for a place at best running to the last. However he found a devastating turn of foot to cross the line a length clear and going away. This win will do his confidence a lot of good and he remains on a good mark compared to some of his old form.
A great result for the hard working team at home and for Owner Paul Read who has been a loyal supporter since Laura started training on the retirement of Chris Bealby.
Skipping On broke his duck over fences yesterday at a muddy Towcester Racecourse. Given a fine ride by Conditional Jockey Patrick Cowley, he seemed to relish the attritional conditions and strode away on the run in for a convincing victory.
He may turn out next week at Sedgefield where he will escape a penalty for yesterdays win.