BY PAUL SIMMONS
& Chris Bielby Racing Advertiser Ltd.
Salisbury Wednesday August 11th
Good to Firm
The Brunton Punlications Apprentice Handicap
Stakes (60-100) 6 Furlongs:
1. Merlin De Carrere Neil
2. Bas Hisaan Charlotte Kherton
3. Muthaaber J F MacDonald
Distances: ¾, 1 ¾ 7 ran Time: 01:22:78
Winner owned by The Day In Toulouse Partnership. Trained
by Mrs. G Ward. Bred by M. Guy Dell’Ova.
The first race of the apprentice series was won in fine style
by Merlin De Carrere (Dormane X Qu’aty De Carrere). He was
quickly out of the stalls and joined by Bas Hisaan (Crusader X
Maloof Hadiya) and they set a scorching pace and were head for
the majority of the race before Merlin De Carrere asserted by
three quarters of a lengths at the line. Bas Hisaan showed a return
to form and battled on gamely to hold on to second, he has dropped
down the handicap and looks capable of scoring again. The favourite
Muthaaber (Bengali D’Albret X Volna) lost his unbeaten record
and was being pushed along from the start, he seemed to find the
trip on the sharp side but didn’t help his cause by hanging,
he stayed on gamely to snatch third from Kaspa.