Supporters of Anglo Arabs were able to enjoy a 0-80 sprint and
an Open 2 miler at Taunton. This season has seen an increase in
the number of Anglos running and with two races at most meetings
everyone has a chance to take part in competitive handicaps. The
LWL Associates Stakes went to Jenny Peyton's Hardtoback,
making it his second win on the Somerset course. Little Maybelle
made the running under Fred Offord, while Hardtoback ridden by
Nick Isaac was always up the front as "Six furlongs is a
better distance for him." explained Jenny. Running on well
in second place was Sugar Dandy for his owner/trainer Caroline
Green, this smart looking gelding is sure to win a race soon.
In the Open Anglo race, sponsored by Mainline Vehicle Hire, Remartino
and Annette Masterson did their best against the top class stayer
Borealis, but the Sarah Kelleway owned and trained gelding
finished a comfortable 8 lengths ahead. The race was on for third
place as James Davies seemed to relax on Great Lady until
the cheering of the crowd let him know that Tzarinsky was
making a late run behind him and he held on for third.
Brian and Andrea Boulton are having their best year's racing,
as this is the first time they have trained 10 winners in a season,
and Brian is "Delighted at the way the racing is going, with
everyone getting a chance to train, own or ride a winner."
Sam Morris is also having her best season as Island Rover,
bought recently from Trebor Cave-Debuse, has won 2 races for her
as well as finishing second and third. This horse obviously goes
well for Sam and is enjoying his races, Trebor joked, "I
sold that horse too cheaply to Sam's Mum and Dad, but I have more
at home available at extortionate prices!" Brian was second
to Island Rover in the 0-50 Stakes on Drongo with his former
stable mate, Doriket, a gallant short head third.
Trebor and Maxine were in the winner's enclosure after Riverdance
won the next race making it 3 out of 3 for this progressive mare.
Maxine said, "She's wonderful, getting better and stronger
each time she runs. We hope to go for the Championship Race at
Goodwood but that depends on what the trainer and jockey say about
her." Dhorgaam ran well in second with Island Star
third to repeat the positions of their Warwick race. Cathy Thomas'
twin baby girls, Megan and Michaela were enjoying a day out at
the races, with, no doubt, many more days to follow.
Ares De Chavagne won the Blue Gleam Memorial Stakes by
an impressive 15 lengths to give Linda Meakins her first win of
the season. The race was on for the places as Joanne Holman's
The Silver Gambler managed to keep ahead of Genevieve Haynes'
Maximillion by three quarters of a length, both of these horses
being trained by their owners.
Claire and Rob