York 1:45, 6f Conditions (2), "DBS Premier Sales Race"
|1||Wootton Bassett||1.25||81||3||v/A||R. A. Fahey||15||SEff Erl, LdgLn+1f, Ld+1.5f 1Wd SFre & Hld, IncrPc-2.5f, Eff-2f RL, PO & Duel, Resp to Ln|
|2||Galtymore Lad||12||81||7||m/D||M. R. Channon||10||Eff Erl & Prg, XF+1.5f 4th 3Wd Sttld, Eff-2f Resp, PO & Duel, Stall Lt & Po|
|3||Chiswick Bey||33||62||5||d||R. A. Fahey||5||BOk Wd, LdgLn Erl, H-1 +1f Drop 2nd Rank, Ngl+1.5f TTR, TvOk-2f+, po ins-2f HnH, Eff-2f+, po to Ln past Fdrs|
|4||Reckless Reward||8||60||6||v||R. Hannon||13||B-1 PNgl, Resp Erl & Eff, Prg+1f, XF+1.5f 2nd 2Wd, TvOk-2f+, Eff-2f, Po & SOutpcd by LdgPr, Stall ins-1f, po-0.5f+|
|5||Majestic Myles||10||59||6||m||R. A. Fahey||16||BSAwk, H-1 Erl, 2nd Rank+0.5f Sttld, Ngl-2f+, Po ins-2f SHgL, SResp ins-1f, po ins-0.5f|
|6||Diamond Geezah||18||59||7||m||B. W. Hills||19||H-1 Erl, 2nd Rank+1.5f RL, Eff-2f, Po ins-2f RL SHgR, Stall-1f, po ins-1f, Fd Lt|
|7||Shoshoni Wind||22||49||6||a||K. A. Ryan||20||BOk ins, H-2 Erl Drop Back, LastPr+1.5f RL SFre & Hld, TvOk-2f+ RL, Blckd ins-2f SwcL, Eff-1f in11th, po to Ln|
|8||Indieslad||50||53||3||M||A. Duffield||12||P-1 Ngl, Fre+0.5f, H-2 +1f & try to Drop-in, QFre+2f & Hld, Eff-2f, po ins-2f, 9th-1f, Fd ins-0.5f|
|9||Bahceli||33||52||4||v||R. Hannon||9||P-1 Ngl, SOutpcd+1f HdR Drop Last, Dv+2f TTR, SAdf Hf SHgL, Dv-2f+, SAdf-2f, Resp-1.5f to Fdrs, 13th-1f, po|
|10||Mappin Time (b)||33||51||7||a/D||T. D. Easterby||3||BkWL Wd, Eff Erl, LdgLn+1.5f Cent Sttld, Eff-2f, Resp & Po ins-2f, 4th-1f, Stall-0.5f+, Fd ins-0.5f|
|11||Al Madina||33||46||4||m||B. Smart||6||Eff Erl & Prg, LdgLn+1f, Ngl+2.5f, Dv-2f+, Po ins-2f, Stall-1f+, po-1f, Fd-0.5f|
|12||My Son Max||50||47||5||m||R. Hannon||11||BkWL, H-1 Erl, 2nd Rank+0.5f Sttld, SOutpcd-2f+, po-2f, SHmp-1.5f, Fd ins-1f|
|13||Remotelinx||28||43||6||m||J. W. Hills||4||B-1 Wd, Resp Erl, 2nd Rank+1.5f Cent Sttld, Eff-2f, Resp-1f+ & po, Stall-0.5f+, Fd ins-0.5f|
|14||Cape To Rio||8||47||5||d||R. Hannon||7||BkWL, Eff Erl & Prg, LdgLn+1f Sttld, SOutpcd-2f, Po, Stall-1f+, Fd-0.5f+ HgL|
|15||Tom Sawyer||10||31||4||A. P. O'Brien||8||P-1 Wd, Ngl+0.5f Resp, SFre+1f Hld, 2nd Rank+2f Sttld, Eff-2f, po, HgL-1.5f JkQt, Eased-0.5f+|
|16||Capaill Liath||50||9||5||a/N||B. W. Hills||17||BOk ins, H-1 +0.5f Drop Back, Ngl+1.5f, Dv+2.5f SOutpcd, Eff-2f SResp HdR, HgL-1.5f Unbal, Fd ins-1f|
|17||Dubai Celebration||100||2||5||a||J. O'Keeffe||1||BOk Wdst, Eff Erl & Prg, H-1 +1.5f Drop 2nd Rank Cent, Dv-2,5f+, Outpcd ins-2.5f, po ins-2f, Fd-1f+|
|18||Bussa||80||-15||5||m||P. D. Evans||18||Dv Erl & Eff, LdgLn+1.5f RL, Dv+2f TTR, Dv-2.5f+, Whip-2f+ SOutpcd, Fd-1.5f, Eased-1f|
|WD||Welsh Dancer||100||R. Hannon||2||WD AP = Vet's Advice.|
|NR||Waking Warrior||m||K. A. Ryan||14||NR = Going.|
||Race confined to 2yos who were Catalogued (not necessarily offered or sold) at the Premier Section of the yearling sales by Doncaster Bloodstock Sales (DBS & now part of the Irish Sales outfit Goffs). Runners presumably selected on Rating if more than 20 Declared. Used to be run at the Doncaster St Leger meeting but moved to York when Doncaster was being redeveloped and seems never to have gone back with York short of races going to 4 days for the Ebor Meeting. It has also been 'On Tour' to Newmarket when York was under water. Presume the DBS Yearling Sales race on the Saturday Ripon card after this is the 'Consolation' event for the next tier of Ratings.
Usable pace despite the formation. Stalls widespread but pinned to far rail. But, field immediately working over to race Centre to Stands side. and first runners got the Rail before 1.5f had been run. Od formation at halfway with all 18 runners within just over 5L of the lead. 1L per runner would be an average around a bend on the AW. By Halfway the formation was a Line-of-7 out from the Stands rail within 1L of lead as (rail out) Bussa, WB, RReward, GLad, CTRio, AlMad & MappinT
Behind that a Line-of-8 out from the rail within 1L of each other and 3L of the lead as DG, CLiath, MMyles, MSMax, TomS, CBey, R'linx & DubC. After that, Indieslad climbing over the back of Second rank just off the rail with SWind just behind him on the rail. Bahceli the only one having any difficulty with the pace and working his was across to get onto the back of the group and make his later race progress near the rail into the faders.
Hannon Junior interviewed before race and agreed the 2yos they had run at the meeting so far had not performed well. Said that on his runners yesterday had 'scoped dirty' since and hoped this was not a more general problem.
Going Stick = Far Side 7.9, Centre 7.2 & Stands Side 7.8.
As at Newbury over the preceding weekend a disagreement between the jockeys and the Clerk Of The Course. At Newbury this was because the going was being called GSG and the jockeys were insistent it was riding Soft.
Here, the Clerk (looking very defensive as they always do, and with reason if he really believes his multi-million pound drainage installation work is 'perfect') was insistent the course was totally unbiased. You could race anywhere on the straight course and win and everywhere gave an even chance. But, the jockeys were riding down the Centre to Stands side in every race and a fashion had developed for taking this to the extreme with entire fields collapsing onto the stands' rail.
The Clerk, laughably, derided everyone else (and specifically the 'Trade paper', he could not bring himself to use it's name) for being unscientific and not dealing in objective facts. He followed this up by introducing hearsay testimony from the BHA's 2yo handicapper (as the Clerk did at Newbury oddly) to back his position up. Not objective, William, old chap.
He was on shifting ground anyway since his own Going Stick reading suggested the Centre course strip was fastest. On the hearsay level if you dig up large parts of your course and stick drains in it will introduce variable results which will only be found by running 'Tests' (races) on it. A process we are still 'learning' about at Ascot.
Whatever, watching the 3 races on the straight course here (2 x 2yos) you could come to some conclusions. You could run well from anywhere on the Stands Side to Centre Strip. Closers up the centre who got clear runs doing ok and winning the 3yo handicap. The 'Centre' as fastest only really got tested in that race. But, you could easily believe that there was a fast strip under the stands rail. The winner of the Lowther belted up the rail and never stopped. Little La Fortunata belted down it in the 5f handicap and never stopped (at 20/1) and WBassett seemed to roll on very well close to the rail in this race. A reasonably Objective view of the 'Bias' would be whether the Form stands up and the rail runners can reproduce their form. Lots of confounding variables in that test, of course.
[At Newbury you suspect both sides were right. The 'Objective' measures we have include the Going Stick & times run in the race. The Clerk of the Course works to these to back his view up. The Jockeys work mainly of a Subjective view of how their horses move and react to the ground, amount of divots, etc. After a long dry period you would expect the ground to be a soft 'skin' of wetter soil on a hard base. The times ride better than soft because the horses get though to the harder base with some cushion. The jockeys feel the horse's going into the ground and some slipping movement and see the divots and say it's 'Soft'. On days with Rain a common scenario is for the Going to be changed after a race is run with 'input from the jockeys'. Always to be softer than the Clerk's view.]
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