Reedanjas has bright future
News of the pick of the action from Beverley where Reedanjas justified Gay Kelleway's belief with a winning debut.
Gay Kelleway hopes Reedanjas has a bright future
Gay Kelleway may be tempted into taking a close look through the programme book in France to find a suitable opportunity for Reedanjas following her impressive debut success in the Beverley Annual Badgeholders Maiden Stakes on the Westwood.
Having enjoyed many successful raids across the Channel in seasons gone by, the Exning handler is considering getting her passport ready once again after the daughter of Sir Prancealot posted an authoritative success in the five-furlong affair.
Although initially sent to the Yorkshire track to keep stablemate Lightscameraction – a subsequent non-runner in the feature conditions race – company, the two-year-old took her chance to shine with a runaway five-length success under Dougie Costello.
Kelleway said of the 10/1 winner: "She only came to keep the other one (Lightscameraction) company.
"I've always liked her – she's a proper, proper horse. Luke Morris came and rode her in some work the other day and said the same thing, so that was good to hear.
"I was half-tempted to run her in the big fillies' stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, but this wasn't a bad race so we thought we'd try her over a stiff five (furlongs).
"She loves soft ground so we'll have to see if we run her again this season, as I think she'll get six (furlongs).
"We might even have a look at France – you know what I'm like, any whiff of a good French race and I'll be there."
A return to front-running tactics saw Caspian Prince (33/1) gain a first victory since switching to the soon-to-be moving David Loughnane in the Eddie And Violet Smith Conditions Stakes.
Having fared poorly from a bad draw in a Listed race at the track last month, the game seven-year-old made all for a length-and-a-quarter victory in the five-furlong event to gain a first success since landing the Epsom Dash in June when trained by Dean Ivory. He also won the Dash in 2014.
Loughnane said: "He's one of the quickest horses in the country. The draw went against us in the Beverley Bullet, but we went back to the old tactics and they've paid off.
"That was a decent race, but he was able to dominate and Tom (Eaves) gave him a lovely ride.
"We'll take it day by day with him – he's hasn't got the best legs – but I'm thrilled he's won for us."
On Sunday Loughnane will start training from Helshaw Grange Stables, the former base of Tim Pitt, with one of his long-standing owners Roger Fell taking over the licence at his current yard at Arthington Barn Stables near Helmsley.
He added: "Roger's taking over and good luck to him, but we've got some new owners coming in and can look forward to the future. It's a great spot and the room for expansion is absolutely massive."
There was further success on the card for Loughane after Beadlam (10/1), in the hands of champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa, obliged by five lengths in the Steve Wall Equestrian Photography Handicap.
Rebecca Bastiman saw her pre-race fears over Zeshov (13/2) being able to handle the soft conditions cast aside after the five-year-old followed up his recent win at Musselburgh with a short-head success in division one of the ABP Keeping Britain Trading Handicap.
She said: "He's got a great attitude when it comes to a battle – he's game as a pebble. I was a bit worried about the ground but he's a very brave horse
"We'll have a look, but turning tracks like Wolverhampton and Chelmsford might suit him."
Areen Heart (10/11) went one better than on his debut when taking the Pony Racing Here On October 2 EBF Maiden Stakes, while Mon Beau Visage (7/2) was too good in the second division of Zeshov's race.
Joe Fanning made his one ride at the track a winning one when steering the Mark Johnston-trained Ravenhoe (11/2) to glory in the Celebrate Christmas At Racecourse Sparkle Nights Handicap.
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