Last Time Out: Ladies’ Evening Wednesday 6th June
Our Ladies Evening once again attracted a bumper crowd who were treated to some exciting action on the track including in our feature race, the Napoleons Casino Leeds Handicap, which saw Thomas Cranmer prevail in a thrilling finish.
Tina Jackson’s four-year-old had shaped with some encouragement on his stable debut at Thirsk but looked to have benefited from that run. He was given a confident ride by Nathan Evans, who waited until just inside the final furlong to deliver his challenge. He soon quickened up to lead and held off the late challenge of Sylvester Kirk’s Family Fortunes to land the spoils in a new course record time.
There was also a valuable prize on offer in our Watch Racing UK In Stunning HD Fillies’ Handicap which saw Robyn Brisland’s Navajo Star come out on top. The four-year-old had run over 2m on her last two outings but seemed to appreciate the drop back in trip to 1m6f here. She sat on the shirt tails of the leaders early on before Andrew Mullen sent her for home with two furlongs to run. Brian Ellison’s Our Kylie threw down the biggest challenge in the closing stages but the winner wasn’t for passing and she held on to win by a length.
Our evening’s racing got underway with the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Median Auction Stakes, with Cococabala getting his head in front for a second time. Richard Spencer’s colt probably lost his race in the stalls at Leicester last time but there were no such issues at the start on this occasion. He drew clear of the field alongside Mark Johnston’s newcomer Pink Flamingo with just over a furlong to run and found a little extra inside the final furlong under Tom Queally to win by three-quarters of a length.
Trainer John Gosden has an excellent strike-rate here at Wetherby and he found his way into the Winner’s Enclosure as Hasanoanda landed the Party In The Paddock On 22nd June Novice Median Auction Stakes. The gelding made the running in the hands of Robert Havlin and began to turn the screw on his rivals with two furlongs to run. Keith Dalgleish’s Morticia threw down a strong challenge inside the final furlong but the leader responded well to the urgings of his jockey to maintain his lead and win with a neck to spare.
The Napoleons Casino Leeds sponsored Best Dressed and Best Hat competitions took place after the fourth race in the Parade Ring. Ladies dressed to impress as they all showed off their outfits and spoke with raceday presenter Adele Mulrennan about their outfits and hats. Napoleons Casino Leeds judged the competition on the evening; the Best Dressed Winner was Charlotte Blythman from Bishop Auckland. Charlotte at 20yrs old is one of our youngest annual badge holders. The Best Hat was awarded to Wendy Kelly from Redcar, and presenting is Sandy Kopec, Manager at Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Leeds.
There was also success on the card for trainer Declan Carroll as Music Seeker got back to winning ways in the AMT Vehicle Rental Leeds Handicap. The four-year-old was held up early on but caught the eye as he began to make his move down the outside under Ger O’Neill. He hit the front with just over a furlong to run and ran on strongly under pressure to win quite decisively at the line. He looked to have plenty in hand on his rivals here and it might not be long before he is back in the Winner’s Enclosure.
Former Champion jockey Paul Hanagan is no stranger to success here and he teamed up with trainer Rebecca Menzies to land the Hope & Social Playing Here Live Handicap aboard Pantomime. The six-year-old has been running well of late without success but she seemed to improve for the fitting of a tongue tie for the first time here. She burst into the lead a furlong out and stayed on strongly to win with a length to spare.
Our final race of the day was the Watch Racing UK Anywhere Handicap and it was the aptly-named Racehorse who landed the spoils. Hughie Morrison’s filly was quickly away from the inside stall and tracked the leaders early on under PJ McDonald. She moved through to lead with a furlong to run and held off the late challenge of Ollie Pears’ Aliento to get the verdict by a head.
Join us on our next time out on this Friday 22nd June as we welcome Hope & Social to Wetherby Races
We’re celebrating the end of the 2017/18 Season in style with an evening of racing and live music! Check out Hope & Social live – they will have you dancing through the evening in no time with their electric live performance. Book online to take advantage of our pre-booking discounts, and don’t forget to enter our Facebook competition to win FOUR Premier Plus packages to enjoy on the evening.