Following his photo finish defeat at Windsor the week before when he finished an agonisingly close 2nd, Sporty headed back down to the Berkshire course and this time went one better scoring by half a length under an excellent ride from Joey Haynes. This was a thoroughly well deserved first win for a Sporty and one that we knew he had him in. He has been raised 6lbs by the handicapper for it but we still feel there’s another win in him off this mark and one we will try and get before he heads to the sales next month.
Fidelma Moon 2nd at Carlisle
Returning to her favourite track on ground that was probably a tad too fast for her Fidelma put in a career best performance in a very decent little race. Straight from the gates opening she was sent to the front by Jordan Vaughan and soon sent the message out ‘catch me if you can’. As they turned for home Fidelma was still swinging away on the bridle whilst one by one her rivals were coming under pressure behind her. It was then left to the Ralph Beckett trained favourite Desert Haze to throw down the final challenge and the 6lbs she was getting from Fidelma proved decisive as she went on to win by half a length.
This was another good performance from FM and although she was beaten our filly lost nothing in defeat as the winner has gone on to win again and looks a decent prospect.