Busy week at Salisbury with success for Emaraaty Ana in Tuesday's main race
It was a busy week at the Netherhampton track as Salisbury Racecourse held two race meetings on Tuesday 3and Thursday 5 September.
Tuesday racing started with a lovely story after 33/1 outsider, Silvington finally found success for trainer Mark Loughnane, after amateur jockey Imogen Mathias steered her mount to a two and a half-length victory, in The Gift of Sight Handicap. The four-year-old gelding had one of the lowest ratings in racing and was close to being retired after 23 failed attempts at different courses, ground, distance and headgear.
The feature race of the day, The British Stallion Studs EBF Conditions Stakes went to the Kevin Ryan trained Emaraaty Ana who had some useful form including the York Gimcrack title in 2018. Jockey Andrea Atzeni , hit the front in the six-furlong race and never looked back, in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum.
Elsewhere on the card, there was justification for favourites in the juvenile races on the card. Godolphin’s Lost In Time and Hector Crouch scored for Saeed bin Suroor in the six furlong novice, while Clive Cox looks to have a useful prospect with Star In The Making who set a good standard in the fillies’ novice under Adam Kirby.
The last two races on the card were gritty photo finishes. Paul Webber sent a runner to Salisbury for the first time in 2019 and now has 100% strike rate at the course after useful hurdler and lightly raced Gwafa held off rival Horatio Star by just a neck.
Local dual-purpose trainer Alan King saddled the last winner on the card Giving Back, which saw jockey David Probert extend his lead in the 2019 course standings, with Oisin Murphy in close second.
The Thursday was Salisbury’s top prize money day of the season with over £120,000 available in prize money across a six-race card and featured the long-awaited Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes.
The opener on the card, was the final of a five-race series for apprentices, to coach and assist new and inexperienced jockeys. The series, sponsored by Shadwell, is operated on a points system and the winner of the overall series was Oliver Searle who had his first racecourse career win at Salisbury back in June.
Kenzai Warrior surprised owners when he scored on debut at 16/1 in The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Novice run over one mile for the Roger Teal yard under a great front running ride from Jason Watson.
Sir Michael Stoute’s debutant Snow Shower took The Bob McCreery Memorial EBF Quidhampton Maiden Fillies, after a timely ride from James Doyle, who pushed him one- and three-quarter lengths clear, in the colours of Mr K Abdullah.
Richard Hannon is no stranger to Salisbury feature race success and Dark Lady added to his impressive Salisbury resume in the Group 3 Shadwell Dick Poole Fillies’. Pat Dobb’s mount snatched victory from Irish trainer Jessica Harrington’s entry Millisle, in the final few strides to win by only a neck.
The card was closed with a quick-fire double from Oisin Murphy. Course and distance winner Belated Breath, trained by Hughie Morrison, justified favouritism for Murphy in The European Bloodstock News EBF ‘Lochsong’ Fillies’ Handicap.
Starfighter, who was bottom of the weights and broke his maiden after 9 attempts in The Lester Brunt Wealth Management Handicap, helped Murphy complete his double on the card for Lambourn trainer Ed Walker.
Salisbury Racecourse have two remaining fixtures left for 2019 on Friday 13 September and Thursday 3 October. Tickets for both meetings can be purchased at salisburyracecourse.co.uk