John Quinn has fielded some useful hurdlers at Newcastle over the past few years, and in the shape of Racing Pulse the Malton based handler has another promising youngster on his hands.
A winner of a point to point and an Irish bumper at Naas, Racing Pulse produced a most pleasing first start in Britain, running out an emphatic winner of the 2m6f S V Rutter Novices Hurdle.
Although Racing Pulse was sent off at odds of 8/11, it was the manner in which James Reveley effortlessly brought the 4yo into contention that marked Racing Pulse out as a horse to follow. Subsequently letting out an inch of rein, Racing Pulse sauntered clear to score by seventeen lengths from Sir Mangan and Straidnahanna.
Trainer’s son Sean Quinn, later described Racing Pulse “as a serious horse, and a type for the Neptune Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham.”
Borders trainer Stuart Coltherd is bang in form, and fresh from a winner at Hexham on Wednesday, the well backed Sharney Sike was another scorer for the yard under promising conditional jockey Daragh Bourke.
Despite an almost two year absence from the track, Sharney Sike ran down long time leader Radio Nowhere in the shadow of the post to land the 2m4f North Sea Logistics Novices Handicap Chase.
The runner up led pretty much throughout under an excellent ride from Jason Maguire, absolutely winging every fence, and deserves to go one better soon for Donald McCain. The 5yo looks an absolute natural over the larger obstacles.
Lucy Alexander was taken to hospital with a nasty cut to the chin after being unseated from Milano Magic at the 7th fence.
The strapping mare Doynosaur landed the 2m4f Malone Novices Chase on only her second start over fences for Karl Burke and Henry Brooke.
A mare who has shown ability in both National Hunt Flat Races and over Hurdles, physically she’s always looked the type to be well suited by fences, and turned over the odds on favourite Simply Ned to score.
Produced by Brooke to challenge the favourite Simply Ned at the second last fence, the writing was soon on the wall and Doynosaur jumped the last well to win by a comfortable length and three quarters. Based upon this evidence, Simply Ned still has significant room for improvement in his fencing technique, not looking the most fluent fencer at this early stage of his career.
Zaru built upon a fine course record at Newcastle, handling the drop back to 2m well to run out a ready winner of the Barbour Handicap Chase for James Ewart and Brian Hughes.
The likeable 7yo was always to the fore and stayed on well up the straight, producing a good leap at the last to gallop clear and win by eight lengths from Shadrack.
Although Zaru has had problems with his jumping in the past, this was a display which suggested these issues have been ironed out, and he has the ability to go onto become a versatile and effective handicap chaser. A cautionary note would be that Zaru appears to appreciate a decent surface to be seen at his very best.
An excellent forcing ride from Peter Buchanan aboard Tim Walford’s Ruby Bay went unrewarded in the 2m4f Handicap Hurdle. Although two lengths clear with 15o yards to run, Ruby Bay tied up markedly and was mown down by outsider Snapping Turtle.
Snapping Turtle was another winner for the Borders, this time winning connections being the Whillan’s family. Trained by Donald, and ridden by Callum, Snapping Turtle looks sure to appreciate a longer trip in the months ahead, and also being by Turtle Island, probably also more give in the ground.
Honourable Gent was a seven length winner of the STP Construction Handicap Hurdle for Alnwick based hander Rose Dobbin in the colours of her parents, Mr & Mrs Duncan Davidson.
The 5yo followed up a recent Kelso success under Wilson Renwick to see off the favourite and long travelling A Little Bit Dusty.
Although this race clearly lacked depth, in finishing a never nearer sixth, the mare Bollin Julie did enough to suggest she can win a race soon at this level, especially in light of the recent relaxation of her mark from the handicapper.
The concluding bumper went the way of Seldom Inn under Peter Buchanan. In steering Sandy Thomson’s 5yo debutant to a three and three quarter length success, Buchanan has already matched last seasons total number of winners (31) and we’re only mid way through the season in December.
There was plenty to take out of this race, winner aside, James Ewart’s Gilnockie ran very well, albeit showing signs of greenness, he looks a horse to follow closely in the weeks ahead. Keith Reveley’s Redkalani is from a family that has produced plenty of winners and in finishing third looks a horse to be suited by further with time. Whilst the 4yo Ride The Range who’d ran well over course and distance on his debut will probably go hurdling now, and lost little in defeat to rivals a year his senior.
Newcastle race once more in 2013 on Saturday 21st December 2013.