SATURDAY 1 MARCH 2003
by Dom Bradshaw
Ababou continued his rise in class taking the Confined at
Sunday’s Brocklesby fixture at Brocklesby Park. Ridden by his regular
partner Steve Charlton, the 7-year-old French bred gelding was scoring for
the second successive week having taken the Members race at the Burton
meeting at Market Rasen a week earlier.
In the Members race, Oliver Williams scored on only his third
ride in points, coming through with a well-timed run on his own Lammoski
to deny the favourite Newgate Wells (Nick Kent). Although no longer
eligible for maidens, Lammoski appears to have plenty of stamina and
should give a good account of himself in Restricted company.
The heavily odds-on Upham Lord took his unbeaten sequence to
thirteen under his regular partner Jill Dawson, quickening away from his
four rivals to take the Ladies Open with ease. He really is head and
shoulders above his rivals and will surely be campaigned in hunter chases
Shanavogh (Richard Hunnisett) was made the odds on favourite
to take the Mens Open, but on this occasion had to give second best to
Nick Bell on pointing debutant Ourman, a Sedgefield maiden chase winner in
2002. The winner, a real staying type, overhauled the favourite after the
last and will win more races, as will Shanavogh, who ran up to his mark.
Richard Burton once again plundered a prize on his only ride
of the day, Hot Toddy, quickening away from Miss Toski (Rowan Cope) to
take the Restricted by two lengths. This was a pleasing victory by the
8-year-old son of Glacial Storm and he can go onto better things.
The previously unraced Cloudy Bay Boy, from the Caroline
Bailey yard, made a winning debut in Division One of the Maiden, staying
on to beat Ravensworth (Patrick Millington).
Division Two of the Maiden was taken by Tony Woodward on his
9-year-old Satco mare Aunty Norma, coming with a perfectly timed run to
deny Blue Bud (Wayne Burnell). The winner is an old fashioned staying type
and can step up in grade when stamina is at a premium.
Clive Mulhall served up one of the best-timed rides of the
day bringing Hawthorn Prince through smoothly to take Division Three of
the Maiden. This was another maiden winner for the Roger Marley\Clive
Mulhall partnership, following up their double at the Burton fixture a
week earlier and Hawthorn Prince can win again.