Glengarry Keeping It Local
The key to Glengarry might just be that he likes to stay close to home as he made the short journey last night to win the penultimate race at Thirsk, and in doing so kept up his record of providing connections with one win per month following on from victories at Redcar in June and Catterick in July!
Stepping back up to a mile, Glen was also going significantly up in grade in this Class 4 (0-80) which was reflected in his SP of 22/1, and it initially looked like he hadn’t done himself any favours against better quality opposition when he slightly fluffed the start.
That said, he was soon into stride and Andrew Mullen had him settled beautifully towards the rear in company with the joint favourite from where they were content to observe the rest of the field of nine runners.
Having bided his time throughout, once in the straight Andrew took Glengarry wide and sent him on with 2f to run whereupon he picked up at a rate of knots! He’d taken 2nd place entering the final furlong and momentum was with him as he continued to finish strongly, with both horse & jockey knowing exactly where the winning post was and when to get there. They passed it a neck in front of the long time leader with the joint favourite a further length or so back in 3rd; this trio having pulled some three & half lengths clear from the rest of the field.
The Glengarry Partnership were out in force to support their horse and hopefully left the Thirsk owners bar with less stock than it had when they arrived….
And April, who led Glengarry up and does all the work with him at home, will also have been especially delighted he won as it will have made leaving her new beagle puppy Belle at home (with Julia puppy-sitting) worthwhile!
Mention too must be given to Fahad who then ran in the last race on the card off top weight (giving up to a stone & half ) and was extremely unlucky not to place when squeezed for room inside the final furlong. He finished 5th by a head but with only one & a half lengths separating the first five in a field of 13 runners over the 1m4f trip.
The Foster’s lovely 4 year old has had a few issues to deal with, and it’s taken time to work out his ground & trip, but recently he has shown real improvement & determination so hopefully his time won’t be too far away.
Photos supplied courtesy of Hannah Ali Photography (official course photographer)
On a final note, huge credit must be given to the ground-staff team at Thirsk as, having raced on soft just a week before, they had done a sterling job of putting the track back to perfect condition for racing last night.
End – 14/08/21