Fifth Annual All-Weather Championships UnderwayWed, 25/10/2017
The fifth annual All-Weather Championships, supported by Be Wiser, are underway and horse racing expert Simon Mapletoft, of Sky Sports’ At The Races, will again be bringing you all his latest news and views in his exclusive weekly Blog.
BEATBOX FINDS HIS RHYTHM
BEATBOX RHYTHM made every yard of the running to clinch a place in the 3 Year Old Final on Good Friday with a star performance on the opening day of the fifth annual All-Weather Championships at Newcastle on Tuesday.
Karl Burke's youngster, partnered by PJ McDonald, is due to go to the sales next week but owner John Dance might have a re-think following the colt's victory in the six-furlong Fast Track Qualifier.
Irish-trained outsider River Boyne out-ran his odds to finish second on only his third career start, beating favourite It Don't Come Easy who was back in third, but leading fancy Lake Volta was in trouble before half way and ran well below his best.
JOSEPHINE CLOSES IN ON CENTURY
Former Champion Apprentice JOSEPHINE GORDON edged within seven wins of her first ever century in a calendar year when she rode a quickfire double on the Newcastle Tapeta.
The country's leading girl rider forced Boy In The Bar's head in front on the line to win the six-furlong handicap at the expense of the persistent Kenny The Captain and moved onto 93 when Fruit Salad came from last to first in the five-furlong heat.
Gordon produced the riding performance of the day on the James Bethell-trained filly, who swooped around the outside to get there just in the nick of time. Despite the win, the four-year-old is due to be sold at next week's end-of-season sales.
TARIFA SPRINGS 50-1 SURPRISE
LA CASA TARIFA had refused to race on per previous two starts but was in a more co-operative mood in the valuable claiming stakes as she out-fought hot favourite Burcan in a driving finish.
The 50-1 outsider is trained by champion All-Weather handler Mark Johnston, who 24 hours earlier celebrated his 4,000th career winner - a tally bettered only by the now retired Richard Hannon Senior and Martin Pipe.
Later, Sir Michael Stoute's well bred colt MOQARRAR travelled smoothly to win the seven-furlong maiden in the hands of Danny Tudhope, who will now be hoping to crown a successful year with victory in the forthcoming Breeders Cup Mile in California on Yorkshire trained Suedois.