Bargain buy Waqt breaks his duck at Lingfield Park on Monday. This combined with De Little Engine’s second means we have broken the £60,000 yard prize money barrier, keeps us in touch with the top 20 in the flat standings for another week and means we have achieved over half of last season’s prizemoney total in just under 3 months, boom! However we must not forget How About Its’ remarkable win on Saturday, bringing yet more success to the yard.
Round Up of runners
No runners in NH this week, yet this did not mean it took anything away from the excitement on the flat with a winner in Waqt and a close second with De Little Engine as well as How About Its’ win in a point.
Waqt proved to the hero of the hour on Monday, carrying top weight to lead in the last furlong and then hold on at the line. It was pleasing to read in the racing post write up that they thought ‘He should get a mile and is with the right yard to progress from here.’ It’s always a great positive when outsiders believe in what you are doing. This was the first of a much overdue win for the freshly formed Helium Racing ownership, having gone close twice with 2 unlucky seconds yet Waqt’s win has put a smile on everyone’s face.
How About It won his point to point in dramatic fashion on Saturday. Sent to the front early on and then sitting off the pace for the middle of the race, delivering a deadly challenge after the last to get up in the dying strides and winning by a head giving John his fourth winner of the season. This was a huge performance given the second horse was rated 30 pounds better and so proved very sweet indeed. Unfortunately celebrations were cut short the next day as we lost Saroque and John is out until early next week. Such are the highs and lows of the sport.
We would have been pushing are luck a bit to win by 3 heads in a row and so it was De Little Engine who are luck finally faded on. He did everything right and looked as if he had done enough but for a super human effort by Grey Destiny to collar Engine right on the line. Grey Destiny came with a wet sail right around the outside and so cruelly came out of nowhere to beat us. Engine loves Wolverhampton and so a return in the not so distant future is not out of the question.
There were some more good performances on the flat with 4 of our horses finishing down the field and yet only being beaten by a handful of lengths. Gendarme was beaten 6 lengths and was only burnt for toe in the last furlong, Diamond Refelection was a similar story yet beaten 5 lengths, whilst Jupiter stayed on from the rear to finish 5 lengths 5th and Mr Minerals was just under 4 lengths 9th in a blanket finish with a rather chaotic run in in the last furlong. When I look at all of this the horses are actually running rather well which is pleasing to the eye.
News in Racing
Again it is the BHA at the centre of attention and this time it seems more positive. Paul Bittar, former BHA Chief Executive has backed Nick Rust the current Chief Executive, but says ‘BHA should focus less on those who don't like racing’. It was not helpful when Rust compared racing to foxhunting as John Gosden pointed out this week, but if the BHA acts in a way to promote racing rather than compromise it then maybe we can put the welfare debate behind us and focus on what the sport is really about, Racing!
The article below I found to be quite an interesting read on the situation.
Earnings - £84,927
Wins - 7
Top 4 finishes – 50/146 (34.25%)
Earnings - £60,445
Wins – 8
Top 4 finishes –29/72 (40.28%)
Earnings - £73,024
Wins - 8
Top 4 finishes – 42/116 (36.21%)
Waqt post race
De Little Engine
De Little Engine at Wolverhampton