Smart filly has bright future

News from Tuesday's card at Thirsk where Delectation made an impressive start to her career for Bryan Smart.

Paul Mulrennan rode a double including Bryan Smart's impressive debutant

Local trainer Bryan Smart is excited to see what the future holds for Delectation following an impressive start to her career at Thirsk.

The daughter of Delegator was close to the speed throughout the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Maiden Fillies' Stakes in the hands of Paul Mulrennan and showed a smart change of gear inside the last of six furlongs to pass the post two lengths clear of Windsor runner-up and odds-on favourite Tschierschen.

Nottingham third Vaulted was placed once more to give the form further credence and while Delectation was a relatively unconsidered 28/1 shot, the performance came as no surprise to connections.

Smart said: "She was very impressive and we've always liked her.

"I thought the price was an insult, to be honest, so we had a bit on each-way and I'm delighted.

"She was going to run about three weeks ago but then she banged a leg. Paul (Mulrennan) came to ride her a month ago and he really liked her.

"The first three pulled clear, I think the form looks decent and we'll see where we go now.

"There's the Firth of Clyde at Ayr (September 17), but we'll see if there's a fillies' Listed race somewhere between now and then.

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"She won't be rushed as she's still a little bit on the leg. She should make a cracking three-year-old."

Richard Fahey's Society Red (5/1) made a similarly smart debut in the Maiden Auction Stakes, before 9-2 chance Seamster continued his excellent run of form for first-season-trainer David Loughnane with victory in the Follow racing-uk On Twitter Handicap.

The latter came home well in the hands of apprentice Cameron Noble to score by half a length from Ziggy Lee.

Loughnane trains out of Arthington Barn Stables in Nawton, the former home of leading trainer David O'Meara.

He said: "In the last 10 weeks or so he's won four and been been placed six times, so he's in great form.

"I wouldn't say we've found the key to him, but I do think the way we do things just keeps him sweet.

"He didn't really have his ground today – he wants a bit more cut – but Cameron is great value for his 7lb on was as cool as a breeze.

"They have a great affinity together and I'm delighted."

Reflecting on his first season so far, the trainer added: "That's 14 winners now for the year and we could have had a few more had things gone our way. We've had a lot of horses finish second and getting beat in photo finishes, but that's racing.

"It does get frustrating when you're finishing second, but the horses are going well and we'd be more frustrated if they were finishing last."

The Mick Appleby-trained Hijran was a 16/1 winner of the Tobey Stewart 1st Birthday Handicap, while Hugo Palmer's Walpole (4/5) delivered for favourite backers in the JW 4×4 Northallerton Handicap.

Courier (7/4 favourite) claimed her second win in eight days in the Racing UK HD On Sky 432 Fillies' Handicap.

Division one of the Handicap went to 12/1 shot Someone Exciting, with division two going the way of Poolstock (7/1), who completed a double for Mulrennan.

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