10 August 2022
At Lingfield Park yesterday Supersonique ran in a ten furlong race wearing a tongue tie for the first time, Jockey George Bass had her breaking sharply and sent her into the lead entering the first bend. Racing a little keenly at first, he did manage to get some cover for her along the far side of the track and she was better settled and ran prominently around the inside rail in third place. Turning in for home Supersonique made a promising run up the inside from the top of the straight, but got a little tired inside the last hundred yards to fade into seventh place, only beaten just over four lengths behind the winner. Off racing since March she seemed to benefit from the application of the tie this time, and George felt that she would be better suited by a more galloping turf track, provided she can get her toe into a softer surface than current weather conditions have allowed. The Cable Bay filly is sure to come on from this run and hopefully she can remain competitive in this grade in the near future for the Poachers' colours.
09 August 2022
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09 August 2022
Having waited a long time to get a favourable draw in her races, Juanita had just that with a stall 2 draw in a 6f race at Windsor yesterday evening. On the break from the stalls, however, the horse next to her - the winner - came abruptly across to the right and bumped her badly so that she was last in the field and thus detached from the main group through the first furlong. This really left her with little chance of winning and Juanita had to make a great deal of ground up, which she managed to do quite readily only to find the front runners wavering in their runs up the straight. Two of the jockeys reported to the stewards that their mounts hung to the right. and the first two home were the subject of an enquiry by the stewards. George Bass did his best to find a way through horses, which only came ultimately well inside the last hundred yards, and Juanita closed rapidly for third, beaten only a neck and half a length at the post. With only a fair degree of fortune she will surely be winning next time out - in what seems to be her ideal ground and trip.
28 July 2022
It was a case of a terribly dawdling pace for Iskaheen at Sandown Park yesterday evening, as the race time - over ten seconds slow - revealed that his two rivals just outsprinted him up the hill of the Surrey track and he finished four lengths behind them in third. A larger field and a genuine tempo would suit him much better next time as he is certainly ready to earn his first race win. Up at Leicester in a later race, My Ambition tore down to the seven furlong start, rather running away with apprentice jockey Aidan Keeley, who had teamed up with him for his recent Newbury victory. Inevitably, when he went to race the seven furlongs for the second time in quick succession, he found it hard to stay on terms and he then ran out of steam towards the last quarter mile to finish well behind., He is sure to come back to form provided he has much smoother preliminaries for his next outing.
21 July 2022
In most emphatic style the striking chesnut gelding Party Island notched up his seventh career win over twelve furlongs at Lingfield Park. Drifting in the tight market during the afternoon he simply blew the rest of the field away after travelling very easily throughout the first mile. As the Racing Post suggested, nominating him the star performer of yesterday's card, he ran out a decisive winner in the best comparative time. From a draw in stall 9 jockey George Bass had to go quite wide throughout, taking up a position in about seventh place to skirt the field but going very well indeed. After the turn at the top of the track he moved forward to race three abreast at the head of the field, and then coming down the hill George moved Party Island to the front and switched him inside to the rail, From this point, and over three furlongs out, he kicked clear decisively to get first run. Easily going two lengths up initially, the margin of his lead increased to perhaps eight or ten lengths by the furlong pole half way along the home stretch, and then he was not for catching - still an impressive five lengths in front at the post. Returning at 13/2 he will have put quite a few smiles on faces heading off to their own Party Islands. Denis has always held Tony Killoran's gelding in high regard and he feels that he is getting better and stronger all the time. Connections are delighted Party Island has returned to flat race successes after a hurdling interlude, and he can certainly win more races now : either on the all weather tracks or back on the turf once a bit of rain arrives in due course.
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