BY PAUL SIMMONS
Jim & Chris Bielby Racing Advertiser Ltd
PRIDE OF JAMES
Owner: Mr S M Shefras, Trainer:
Mr Stuart Shefras, Jockey: Mr S A Walker.
Uttoxeter July 24th
The Champagne Maiden Stakes - One Mile Two Furlongs:
1. Kammaryah Mr
2. Lamasat Mr P Collington
3. Sodidi Mr S A Walker
Distances: 3 ½ , 10 14 ran Time: 02:32:18
Winner owned by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin R Al Maktoum.
Trained by Mrs. G Duffield. Bred by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.
The opening maiden started off dramatically as Benny The Dip blotted
his copy book in spectacular fashion dumping his jockey in the
parade ring and then again at start, he then wreaked havoc amongst
the starters to such an extent that CS Volante was eventually
withdrawn after being upset by the commotion and then also ditched
her jockey. Suffice to say the race went off late and many were
a little off kilter due to the commotion that the unruly Benny
The Dip caused, he was also withdrawn. Gill Duffield’s Lamasat
was sent off favourite and was the choice of stable jockey Phil
Collington but it was stablemate Kammaryah (a decent second at
Exeter behind the potentially smart Jelvita who was subsequently
not disgraced in the Group 1 Hatta Stakes behind CS Camellia).
Kammaryah (Bengali D’Albret X Aicha Tourettes (Dormane))
traveled well and picked up nicely in the closing stages to score
readily by a comfortable three and a half lengths from the favourite
Lamasat (Bengali D’Albret X Komet (Kesberoy)), the latter
was making its race course debut and raced prominently throughout
before being a little tapped for toe in the final furlong and
will undoubtedly come on for the run. Sodidi (Tidjani X Soumeira
(Faris)) was well beaten a further ten lengths back in third and
couldn’t quicken with the front two in the final two furlongs,
he was however clear of the rest and is going the right way. The
well bred CS Wraith (Djebbel X Waywood Ghost (Nazim)) made an
eye catching debut in the fourth and will be sharper next time.
The Penn Wood Challenge (Series Qualifier) Handicap Stakes
- Five Furlongs (Anglo & PBA):
1. Pride Of James
Mr S A Walker
2. Hardtoback Mr R G Woollard
3. Kelway Crimson Sky Mr S Harrison
Distances: 3, head 6 ran Time: 01:07:95
Winner owned and trained by Mr. S Shefras. Bred by Ms. C Muldoon.
The Anglo sprint handicap went to the in form Stuart Shefras and
Pride of James (Linwood Sweet Excalibur X Harvest Dome), he set
the pace and quickened nicely in the final furlong to hold at
bay by an easy three lengths the running on Hardtoback (Norton
Challenger X Harem (Haroun)). The latter was second again and
is impressing with his consistency and versitality this season
and deserves to score soon. Kelway Crimson Light (Imperial Majesty
X Royal Regalia) was making her belated seasonal debut and seemed
a little tapped for toe and was finished strongest of all in the
dieing strides and was only beaten a head into third.
The Clarendon Stud Classified Stakes - One Mile (0-90):
1. CS Patriarch
Mr. D Turner
2. CS Shamal Mr. P Deymonaz
3. Fayre Abi Mr. P J Murphy
Distances: short head, 8 8 ran Time: 01:38:47
Winner owned and bred by Mr. M Brunton. Trained by Mr.
A J Brunton.
The 0-90 Classified Stakes provided one of the best finishes of
the day when stablemates CS Patriarch and CS Shamal fought out
a battle royal in the final furlong and pulled right away from
the field. CS Shamal was making her belated seasonal debut and
raced prominently throughout before taking up the running in the
final two furlongs, CS Patriarch ranged upsides and the lead changed
several times in the final furlong as they fought out the finish
and CS Patriarch (Makzan X Pokrovka (Desant)) showed real guts
and determination to just get up inside the shadow of the post
to score by the shortest of heads from the game CS Shamal (Bengali
D’Albret X Samara Bint Samurai (Golden Samurai)) who lost
nothing in defeat. Fayre Abi (Abitibi X Fayrelands Gold (Farif))
was prominent throughout but seemed tapped for toe in the final
two furlongs but stayed on for third, whilst Shafaq was a shade
disappointing in fourth.
The Town & Country Novice Riders Classified Stakes
– Five Furlongs (0-50):
Miss A Hockley
2. Maghriba Miss K Turbutt
3. Aramits Mr G Kimberley
Distances: ½, 1 ½ 15 ran Time: 01:15:59
Winner owned and trained by Mr. P D Rondel. Bred by H.H.
Sheikh Ahmed Bin R Al Maktoum.
The Novice Riders Stakes over five furlongs gave talented jockey
Amie Hockley her first winner under rules as she gave Makhai (Khairouan
X Mais (Mamluk)) a decent ride to get him up to win over five
furlongs (in doing so Makhai became Khairouan’s first UK
winner racing), she was hard at work throughout and practically
carried him over the line with her driving, he looks to be improving
and ideally wants further than this but showed a likeable attitude
in holding of the sustained challenge of Maghriba (Pavot Al Maury
X Sky Magic (Sky Crusader)). The latter has been slowly coming
to hand all season and delighted owner Jackie Hutching, who will
be hoping to extract a win before the mare retires to stud, she
has always looked a speedy mare and quickened up nicely but couldn’t
get past the winner and went down fighting by a length. The third
Aramits (Tornado De Syrah X Serena MSC) was heavily backed from
6/1 down to 5/2 favourite, he was making his first start for his
owner/ trainer / jockey Mr. G Kimberley and ran well on his seasonal
debut and was finishing strongly in the final furlong.
The Jebel Ali Racing Club (Series Qualifier) Handicap
Stakes – One Mile Two Furlongs (0-65):
Mr. P J Murphy]
2. Mellway Gold Charm Mr. S Harrison
3. Jana Mr. S Holdsworth
head, 2 16 ran Time: 02:35:16
owned and bred by Mrs. C Cone. Trained by Mr. P J Murphy
Jebel Ali Racing Club series qualifier was won in game style by
the steadily improving 14/1 shot Sarrafina (Khairouan X Fayrelands
Gold (Farif)) - tipped in this column - who relished this step
up in trip to one mile two furlongs. She was always prominent
and under a fine ride from trainer Pat Murphy she upped the pace
two furlongs out and was all out in the final furlong to hold
off the final thrust of Mellway Gold Charm (Naresh X Alcina (Lotny)).
Jackie Hutchings mare ran well in second and showed a return to
form after disappointing at Exeter last time, she was running
on strongly at the end and ideally wants further but this was
another solid performance. Jana (Normativ X Joli (Mudir)) wasn’t
discredited in third and helped to force the pace before going
to the front two furlongs out, she stayed on for third but seemed
to find this trip stretching her stamina somewhat.
Gerard Larrieu Handicap Stakes – One Mile Two Furlongs (0-115):
Mr. P Collington
2. Kalif D’Or Mr. M Smith
3. Dahra Miss. A Hockley
1 ¼, 12 3 ran Time: 02:33:01
owned by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin R Al Maktoum. Trained by Mrs.
G Duffield. Bred by Mme Laure Giethlan Caniergues M. Jacques Tournie.
(Dormane X Kemia (Shawani)) made it two from two when cantering
away to win the conditions event over one mile two furlong, he
stalked long time leader Kalif D’Or (Dormane X Malika Fontenay)
throughout and was produced in the final furlong to win with a
bit in hand. Kalif D’Or set a good pace but was tapped for
toe when the winner made his move, whilst Dahra (Darike X Dia
Al Sigour) was outpaced in third but will be sharper next time
CM Cole Handicap Stakes – Two Miles (0-85):
1. Hayleys Comet
Mr. S Harrison
2. CS Clarion Mr. P Collington
3. Djelai Miss J Buckley
short head, 6 6 ran Time: 03:54:53
owned and trained by Mrs. H Bona. Bred by Mrs C E Cooper.
Stakes winner CS Clarion tried to give his rivals nearly a stone
in weight to win the two mile handicap and very nearly did just
that, he set the pace and made sure it was a true test of stamina
and was hard ridden in the final furlong to score when Hayleys
Comet (Nevesti X Kapilia (Appollo Sky)) came with a late charge
to just get up in the shadow of the post to score by a short head
to give trainer Helen Bona her first winner under rules. The winner
looks to be slowly improving and this stamina sapping trip played
into his strengths and he is potentially well treated. CS Clarion
(Chndaka X Cikada (Klarnet)) ran another blinder but the weight
began to tell in the final furlong and when challenged he fought
back but couldn’t give the weight to his improving rival.
Djelai (Djel Bon X Danaide Al Maury (Baroud III)) ran another
game race in third and looks to need a true test of stamina to
be seen at his best, he is well weighted and looks capable of
opening his account this term.