Sendreni success scuppers Macauley finale
REPORT: WOLVERHAMPTON, Friday evening
THERE was no fairytale ending for trainer Norma Macauley,whose last runner at the end of a long and honourable career was Perlachy in the 7f handicap.
Although the four-year-old raced prominently, and led brieflyin the home straight, he faded to finish third behind the ex-French Sendreni, who scored in fine style in the hands of Chris Catlin.
The winner, who was having only his third run for trainer Michael Wigham, was sent off a 10-1 shot having shown little on his two previous start, but despite racing keenly, came home by three and ahalf lengths to register his first career success.
Earlier trainer Bill Turner had a close call for he arrived in the nick of time with his only runner of the evening, Gone Hunting in the juvenile claimer.
The son of Hunting Lion made his fraught journey worthwhile by gaining his second career success, Jack Dean driving him out to score by a length and three-quarters.
"I got here at five minutes to six, just 25 minutes before the race. The traffic was horrendous," he said.
"This ishis second win, but he's badly handicapped in nurseries, which is why I ran him in a claimer.
"Mick Easterby bought him cheaply as a yearling, but he's now owned by Eric Brooke," he added.
Ian McInnes took a chance on running last week's RoyalChallenge in the 6f handicap but the gamble paid off, for under a strong ride from Patrick Mathers, the seven-year-old got up inside the final furlong to beat the front-running Fast Freddie by half a length.
"He had a 6lb penalty, but was put up only 4lbs for winning last time, so he was 2lb wrong.
"But he was well, and he might not be in a couple of weeks, so I decided to let him take his chance. Mind you I thought the second had stolen it," he said.
Catherine Gannon came in for a winning spare ride when she replaced Daragh O'Donohoe on River Kent in the 1m4f handicap for three-year-olds.
The son of Fantastic Light, who is trained by Ann Duffield, got off the mark at his eighth attempt when running on too strongly for Templetuohy Max, whom he beat by two lengths.
The eight-year-old Zalkani landed a few decent bets when landing the 1m4f handicap for older horses, the eight-year-old, who was a well-supported 5-1 chance, staying on strongly to score by a length.
It was his first success since March of last year, but he's been a prolific winner over the years, for this was his 11th career win.
Stevie Junior gained his first career success in the juvenile maiden, the colt from the Peter Chapple-Hyam yard starting a warm favourite at 8-11 to confirm the promise of his debut fifth at Newmarket last month.
He did it in good style, for under a confident ride from Alan Munro, he came through to lead in the straight and ran on in good style to beat Daylumney by two and three quarter lengths.
Trainer Norma Macauley, who retired after a long and honourable career out after sending out Perlachy to finish third in the concluding 7f handicap.