Wednesday 29 April 2009

2:00 Redcar (30th April)

A restricted auction maiden for cheaply purchased juveniles.

Lady Lube Rye ran a good race last time at Doncaster. This Wilson-trained filly by Catcher In the Rye has size and scope to progress with racing. Her first start in a stakes race was a pretty desperate performance but she seemed to put in a fair effort last time in a battling four-way finish. If that run is to be believed, she has a fighting chance here.

Ignatieff is a lovely, strong gelding but he has struggled to finish his races so far. Stubbs is a very capable trainer and it will be interesting to see if she can find the key to this juvenile.

Of the unraced, Loss Leader has been entered to run in a stakes race, although David Allan was originally booked to ride another juvenile called A Touch Of luck at the five-day declarations. Miss Dreamy was originally an intended ride for Patrick Donaghy (and Paul Mulrennan was going to ride Novay Essjay for the Haslam stable). With Mulrennan now riding Miss Dreamy you have to wonder if this juvenile was intended as a second string. Countrywide Ice was an intended ride for N. Callan, however he is now riding the evening meeting at Yarmouth.

Johnnyleary (NR)

Race review: 'Not the best of contests and for a long way it looked as though Lady Lube Rye wasn't going to win. Wilson, talking after the race, said the ground was too firm however he was confident in the fillies chances today. It would seem that Ignatieff lost his action last time out, although I hadn't seen this in the press, and probably reason why the money came for his today. Stubbs are very capable and money is always a good sign. Once again, Ignatieff seemed to struggle to finish after show good speed and may win an auction event at some point. Flow Chart was very well backed and ran on well at the finish. He looked rather difficult to handle, but this was a promising start to his career.'