14TH JULY 2001
On a day of very mixed feelings trainer Andrea Boulton had
a treble; Jennie Candlish a double; with one a piece for Joy
Maclean, and Sarah Kelleway.
Sadly separate freak accidents saw the loss of two horses,
Zakopane and Nicole, these two tragedies over
shadowed the events of the day. We all know that racing is a
high-risk sport, and indeed that horses can fatally injure themselves
when turned out in a field, but it is still a shock when horses
are injured and have to be put down. Our thoughts and sympathies
go to the owners.
Island Dancer won the first for Brian and Andrea Boulton,
while Paul Brown on Zakzak made it a close finish. Brian's
second winner came on Riverdance, owned by Maxine Cave-DeBuse,
Doriket ran a brave second but Brian and this progressive
Dantist mare always had the race under their control. Andrea
is training for Maxine and Robert this season as they are busy
working on the Race Committee. Third leg of the treble came
in the final race when Island Rover and Sam Morris took
up the running 2 furlongs out and were never headed, Al-Tabari
Azim El Karnak, by Ikbalis, made the early running under
Gordon Farr, stayed on for second place.
It was also a successful day for Robbie and Jennie Candlish
who won with both of their runners. Pleinne d'Amour made
all to win the richest race of the day under Pierre Deymonaz
for wife Lisa, Floriferouz was second for owner/trainer
Linda Meakins and Sakit Sura was third for owner/trainer/jockey
Gordon Farr(Jnr). While in the Shakespeare Open Handicap the
game Sanji made the running and only needed pushing out
hands and heels by Pierre to hold on by half a length to runner
up Guybert de Carrere, ridden by Sarah Kelleway.
An interesting finish ensued in the Warwick Castle handicap
where Joy Maclean had father and daughter in the same race.
Gordon Holmes rode favourite Razif, while Joy was on
the less experienced Rawen both bred by Joy's mother
Elizabeth. Rawen had made most of the running when Razif came
up to join her in the home straight, Joy looked across, seemed
to smile at Gordon, then proceeded to push Rawen on to win comfortably
by 2 lengths.
The AHS Supporters Stakes went to SA Bibi defying top
weight under Sarah Kelleway to beat more experienced horses.
CS Lafaz, a winner last season, made the running to finish
second for his owner/trainer/jockey Mr Collier, with Sabez
a winner last time out at Huntingdon back in third.