My Racing’s Weekend Report

How did My Racing get on at the weekend? Very well as it happens, with big winners and places on both Saturday and Sunday! Here are a pair of our successful weekend selections.

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Back On Top

25th April 2015 – Limerick 14:40 – Winner, 11/8f

We identified an early winning favourite at Limerick on Saturday, the three-year-old Back On Top getting on top to dispatch her nearest market rival Kissed By Angels by a length. This success in Limerick’s 1m Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden was the charge’s first victory in these big field races following her just missing out on her debut by a head and her coming third just over a length behind 1000 Guineas favourite Found on her follow up appearance.

From the stable of David Wachman for JP McManus, Back On Top emerged from stall five to carve out the early pace. The Fran Berry mount lost her position to the nose-banded Rivers Of Babylon inside the second furlong but soon picked up again to find herself at the head of affairs with Super Focus and Creggs Pipes inside the third.

As Creggs Pipes sank back into the pack at the two furlong marker, Back On Top was ignited by Berry, picking up to just see off the improving O’Brien horse.

Great Fun

26th April 2015 – Wetherby 14:35 – Winner, 16/1 e/w

Many were surprised when 16/1 shot Great Fun picked up a victory on his racecourse debut. Not us, we having put great faith in the Brian Meehan charge by making the four-year-old our tip for the 7f bet365 EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.

In what was only Wetherby’s second ever race on the flat, Great Fun emerged from stall six and took advantage of the lack of pace in the early stages to attempt to make all under Jimmy Fortune.

Fortune’s mount was – without a doubt – one of the most settled and committed runners in the field, showing the requisite speed to establish his early advantage and a good turn of foot to extend his lead just prior to the 2f marker. Ed Dunlop’s Dark Red was always Great Fun’s nearest rival in second and though he was certainly a lively opponent under Graham Lee in the Ronnie Arculli colours, our tip just found enough to keep him at a distance.

The front-runner recorded an official winning distance of half-a-length with Meehan taking to his website to write about his horse’s ‘huge’ potential.

AP McCoy – End Of An Era

A special mention for AP McCoy who took part in his final day of racing before his retirement. The Northern Irishman could be seen at Sandown’s bet365 Gold Cup meeting but failed to get either of his two mounts over the line on his last ever day of race riding.

The Noel Fehily ridden Special Tiara justified favouritism in the Grade One Celebration Chase – renamed in tribute to the retiring jockey. His ride, Mr Mole, failed to exploit his prominent position to finish in third, the same position the jockey would come on his final ever ride on Box Office.

Despite his lack of a climactic triumph, the day was overwrought with emotion and a fitting send off for the 20-time champion jockey.

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