How did My Racing Results get on this weekend? Very well as it happens having added to our Aintree Grand National successes with a second in the Scottish equivalent. We also managed to secure a big price winner and another solid place on Sunday. Here are just two of our weekend winners!
18th April 2015 – Ayr 15:45 – Second, tipped at 25/1
Many were concerned about the Ayr ground with regards to Goonyella’s Scottish National chances, the good-to-soft going not as testing as this horse usually likes. Knowing that he will more than likely stay the distance regardless, we pressed on, making him one of our two 25/1 Scottish National tips.
The Alan and Ann Potts, Jim Dreaper collaboration was patiently ridden for a long time by Jonathan Burke, being produced to find himself in fifth position just prior to the third from home. This eight-year-old was sat in third over the last, he and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Benbens the only two of the first five to be able to land a glove on the eventual winner Wayward Prince.
Despite staying on to see off Benbens by a head, he just couldn’t find that little bit extra to get on terms with the long time leader losing out by three-quarters-of-a-length.
Goonyella’s trainer Dreaper told the Belfast Telegraph, ‘He’s shown again he’s got great stamina. His lack of pace is just shown up a bit more on that ground, but that was very good.
‘The plan is to try to get him into Aintree to beat the ballot. He’s missed out [on the Grand National] two years in a row and maybe he can do it next year.’
19th April 2015 – Curragh 15:20 – Winner, tipped at 16/1 e/w
In Salutem was our Curragh IWAC but proved to have more than just a chance as he took home the Cunninghams Of Kildare Handicap on Sunday. Though he was on one of the big outsiders, Shane Foley showed confidence in holding the horse up at the rear of the field in the opening stages of the 6f dash.
Ken Condon’s charge responded well to being shaken up just a furlong-and-a-half from home to take fourth position. He took to the rail to sail past pace-setter Master Speaker who would hold on for second.
In another interview to the Belfast Telegraph, Condon said, ‘He has always shown plenty of ability in his work. I suppose typical of a lot of sprinters, he’s sort of five now and sort of mature now and working nicely.’
The trainer told the press that he has the Rockingham in mind for this horse. He told them, ‘Hopefully we can aim him for some of the nice Premier Handicaps here at the Curragh. With a penalty for that he’ll get into all the good sprint handicaps like the Rockingham and the Paddy Power. We’ll look forward to another productive year with him, hopefully.’