Wednesday, 6 August 2014

A Rare Murtagh Double On The Card Perhaps?

We're hosting another one of our summer music evenings on tomorrow, with Urban Intro performing live in the Grandstand after racing, plus seven competitive races on the all weather Fibresand surface for punters to get their teeth stuck into.

The first of these comes up at 5.15 with a fillies handicap, with local trainer and last winter’s top trainer at the track Mick Appleby represented by Guishan (both pictured below), who got her head in front last time and will be popular again. She is one of four course and distance winners amongst the six declared, with Brian Ellison’s Musical Molly the most recent winner of those to return.

The following two races are both for two year old maidens with all 13 declared runners making their debut appearance at Southwell on the fibresand. The 5.50 being a median auction over seven furlongs with Newmarket trainers Ismail Mohammed and Clive Brittain both having declared runners. The 6.25 is a six furlong maiden again exclusively for two year olds, with one entry belonging to Grand National winning trainer Donald McCain.

At 7.00 it is the feature race of the night, a mile handicap in which Sofias Number One (pictured below), trained locally by Roy Bowring at Edwinstowe bids to try and win the race for the second consecutive year and will be ridden by Billy Cray.

Johnny Murtagh is a rare visitor to British shores as a fledgling trainer, but he has a runner entered in the 7.35 called Steuben, who hasn’t seen a racecourse in 653 days and is now an eight year old. He will line up against 8 others, including course and distance winner Yasir who returns to the flat having been narrow in defeat twice over hurdles at Uttoxeter recently.

Murtagh also has Bwindi entered in the 8.05, who would have a good chance on two second place finishes at Fairyhouse and Wexford on his last two starts. Finally, the seven furlong handicap to end the card, and Master Of Song may bid to go one better than he did in the contest last year, once again trained by Roy Bowring, but he takes on 13 opponents in what looks to be a fiercely competitive handicap to finish the evening with.

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