I was very pleased with Lamool’s run at Newton Abbot on Saturday in the valuable 2m5f handicap hurdle, finishing a close third having led between the third and second-last flights.  He has been in terrific form all summer and, with options relatively limited in handicap company both over hurdles and fences in the coming weeks, he may well try for a third win of the campaign back in a novice next time.

There was also promise from Shout It Aloud, a lightly-raced six year old who still looks a little green and in need of further experience.  He has now run two good races from the front on his last two outings and there looks to be more to come, so hopefully he won’t be long in shedding his maiden tag.

We may have a couple of runners at Fontwell Park tomorrow and at Stratford on Thursday, but one already declared to run this week is Ifan, who will bid to build on a good fourth in a valuable handicap at Brighton last time when he runs at Chepstow tomorrow.

Dickie on the 70 mark

Richard Johnson continues to fire in the winners on a daily basis and he has now reached the 70-winner mark for the season, 27 winners clear of Aidan Coleman in second place.  Long may it continue!

The Monday Story

A weekly part of the Tim Vaughan Racing blog, selecting a brief excerpt from the world of racing.

Not surprisingly, connections of last week’s Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes ‘winner’ Secret Gesture have decided to appeal her controversial disqualification, which looks ridiculous, even when compared to some of the stewards’ enquiries on the flat in France.  However, whilst trainer Ralph Beckett chose the safe analogy of a diving footballer, jockey Jamie Spencer had the following to say:

“Other American riders came to me afterwards and were baffled by the outcome. What Ortiz did was to take a dive, as much as anything else. The amount of ground he got his horse to lose in two strides going to line was like a 45-year-old struggling jumps jockey going to an open ditch. It’s just ridiculous.”

I don’t know who he could mean!