She Can Boogie needed a certain song and never looked like getting caught at the Chester Racecourse Midsummer Meeting
Jockey Liam Jones had 9/1 chance She Can Boogie running with a certain song which began with a rapid exit from stall five and continued with a confident front-running performance to land the Stella Artois Novice Median Auction Stakes by two and a half lengths from Thegreatestshowman who was unable to close. “She never looked like getting caught; you could call her the winner three-furlongs out. We saved her for this race, she’s very quick and a very honest horse, that makes life easier,” explained successful trainer Tom Dascombe. The trainer was also responsible for the third horse home, March For Men.
“She ran well; she usually front runs. I thought that might be her for the season after her last race but she stuck on well today,” explained jockey Harrison Shaw as he made his way to the weighing room after landing the MBNA Fillies’ Handicap Stakes. Shaw set the pace aboard Miss Sheridan, who was returned at 9/2. The filly ran the rail and was challenged by Mojika inside the final furlong and a photo finish was required to confirm the winning distance of a short head.
Marwan Koukash notched up 11 Chester Racecourse winners so far this season when Powerallied, ridden by Connor Murtagh landed the Stella Artois Chalice Handicap Stakes by a neck. The crowd of 21,081 were treated to another exciting finish as Murtagh sent Powerallied to the front as the field entered the straight. Economic Crisis and the evergreen Confessional were closing on the leader with every stride and the placed horses crossed the line with only a short head separating them. “This is one of my favourite places, the winners’ enclosure and I’m only three short of 500 wins in the Uk now. We made up our mind to make the running and that was the outcome! He’ll probably come back here in mid-September, there’s a five and half furlong race that should be ideal for him,” said Koukash.
Three runners went to post for the Vital People Fillies’ Novice Stakes and was run in single file with the 11/8 second favourite Snow Wind dictating the pace. Asked to step up a gear by Liam Jones entering the straight, the High Chaparral filly responded and galloped across the line two and a quarter lengths in front of her nearest rival, Crystal Moonlight. The success provided Jones with a double and he said: “She won well and travelled on the ground. She quickened up on the turn and lengthened to the line. This was a step up in trip for her and she stayed on well.”
“She did everything right, it was an absolutely cracking ride, for Elisha to ride a winner round here means so much to me,” said trainer Tom Dascombe after recording up a double when Dragons Tail, ridden by Elisha Whittington landed the Sebastian Artois Apprentice Handicap Stakes by one and three quarter lengths. The winner, sent off at 4/1, was well clear entering the straight and maintained the pace to the line.
Whitttington, age 20, added: “I’ve worked for Tom for four years and got my licence last year. I’m from Runcorn so this is my home track. I’ve ridden a winner for Tom at Wolverhampton but this is my first success at Chester Racecourse.”
The Stella Artois 4% Handicap Stakes resulted in a one and three quarter length victory for the 5/2 favourite Faadhel, carrying top weight and ridden by Jack Mitchell, who said: “We didn’t really have a game plan but I was happy with my position during the race and he did it well.” The winner made smooth progress as the race developed and overtook the early leader Danzay inside the final furlong and connections have the view that the horse will be capable of staying further
“I had a lovely run round but they were stopping in front of me and I wanted to get out before they did,” explained jockey Jack Mitchell after riding the 8/1 chance Good Time Ahead to land the Stella Artois Cidre Handicap Stakes by a neck from Omotesando. Early leaders Mustaaqeem and Kajaki faded and coming wider provided the winner with a clear run to the line.
Always a popular feature on the annual Chester Racecourse calendar, the MBNA Family Funday is just over a week a week away on Sunday, 05 August 2018.
Race fixtures at Chester Racecourse for the 2019 season have been released this week; a full schedule is available here.