King Of The Moors lands delayed final
REPORT: HAMILTON, Monday
TIMING is all important in all aspects of this game. Take King Of The Moors. If the RSB Scottish Trophy Series Final had been run it original slot, eleven days ago, he would have been forced to miss the race, eventually lost to the weather, because of a foot problem.
On Monday, in the rescheduled race, he fairly bolted-up by four-and-a-half lengths on behalf of David Barron, winning a near £10,000 prize in the hands of Paul Fessey.
"He's in the form of his life," said Fessey.
"It's ironic because if the race had been staged when it should have been, he wouldn't have been able to run because he had a stone bruise. He has his own way of doing things - he always races in a standing martingale to help keep his head down - but he's settling better these days and he got a lovely lead today."
Barron's stable apprentice Dean Heslop was also on the scoreboard. The 7lb claimer landed the 1m handicap aboard the Bob Johnson-trained Casino Night, following-up his recent course success on behalf of owner Barry Robson.
Pauline Robson, who received her licence only on Monday morning, was thrilled to notch a rare Flat winner aboard Mister Pete in the 1m5f amateur riders' handicap.
After getting the Wilf Storey-trained-and-owned gelding home by a nose from Elite Land, Robson, the 13-times Northern Area ladies' point-to-point champion, who successfully trains a small string of horses in theTyne Valley, said: "That's 43 winners I've ridden, but it's only my fifth-ever on the Flat. It's hard to get rides, not being attached to a yard and the other thing is, I'm old now!"
Kevin Ryan, narrowly denied with Elite Land, went one better with Arganil, who made all under Silvestre de Sousa to defeat the well-backed Eton Rifles in the 6f maiden.
"We fancied him at Ayr last year, but he came back with an injury, a small fracture, which kept flaring-up. We gelded him while hewas off, and that was the turning point, because he was such a heavy horse. It took the best part of a year to get him back, but he's fine again now and we'll crack on with me until the end of the season. He's a nice horse."
The market told the story in the 6f claimer. Haven't A Clue, trained by Sir Mark Prescott, drifted like a barge and was ousted for favouritism by the well-supported Scenic Pass. Scenic Pass duly bolted-up by seven lengths under Paul Hanagan, with Haven't A Clue finishing a well-beaten fourth of the six runners.
Hanagan went on to complete a double when ObeBrave, trained by Richard Fahey, came out on top in the 6f claimer and rounded-off with a treble in the 5f handicap when getting a terrific late run out of Obe One, trained by the in-form Alan Berry, fresh fromhis Group 3 win at The Curragh 24 hours earlier with Look Busy.
Paul Mulrennan took the riding honours with a strong display in the 1m3f handicap aboard the Mick Easterby-trained Hurlingham, forcing his mount home to gain a slender success over Gordonsville, after making his mind up for him inside the last. Mulrennan, though, was deemed to have breached the whip rules and was suspended for two days (September 15-16) for excessive use andstriking his mount in the wrong place.
King Of The Moors, who ran out a decisive winner of the feature race, and Paul Hanagan, who rattled-up a treble.