The Racing Horse enjoyed a fabulous days harness racing at Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton on Saturday and it was a pleasure to meet Marie-Anh Schwartz and Jack Dowie of LeTrot and TrotBritain to hear their views on our sport.
With perfect weather for the spectators the racing was excellent so absolute credit to all those who worked so hard to stage the event - we only hope the meeting can be sustained.
The imperious Sulky Du Blequin
There were some excellent performances at Wolverhampton on Saturday but surely the most striking was the haughty dismissal of his rivals by Sulky Du Blequin in the Malcolm Ali Memorial Silver Le Trot. The 10yo chestnut gelding nonchalantly bossed the tough Tapeta circuit to cruise home 7 lengths clear but it could have been much more. Anyone who had taken the 4/6 on offer never had a moments worry.
Winning a trot named in memory of Malcolm Ali (one of trotting's biggest supporters) meant a great deal to owner, trainer, driver John Foy and he could not have been more emotional. His post-race interview was a joy, when asked by commentator Darren Owen of the horse's optimum distance he blurted: "He can race one mile, two mile or three miles. He can sprint or he can stay, he can win at any distance!” After witnessing that majestic performance it was hard to disagree!
Malcolm Ali Memorial Gold Le Trot produces a thriller!
The gold division of the trot in Malcolm's memory gave us the finish of the night with three horses flashing over the line with just a neck between them! It was T'es Trop Foot who got the judges verdict by a head from Ulysse Du Bosq with Vireo De Regen a nose away in third. The winner was brilliantly handled by the trainer and driver Simon Clarke, who said everything seems to have come together after prolonged injuries.
Clearly it was not easy to boss from the front on this surface and some winners came from much further back. Joe and Kim Alman's 5yo horse Sun Glasses Ron (named after an Only Fools And Horses character) stayed on strongly coming from last to first to land the Grade 1 race for driver Gareth Price.
The 4yo Sports Trick is developing into a star. After a demolition of the Final field at Appleby last weekend, the son of Sportswriter beat last year's Derby winner John Barley by one and three quarter lengths. Team Haythornthwaite are now heading to Musselburgh with this fabulous youngster.
Full Results for Saturday 4th June 2016
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1st Lakeside Bono 1st Blue Top Gun 1st Sun Glasses Ron
2nd Elysium Thunder 2nd Lakeside Ronaldo 2nd Evenwood Tinkerman
3rd That's Life Again 3rd Itsmycheck 3rd Rhyds Shark
Time: 216.7 Time: 214.1 Time: 214.5
Dis: 2L and 10L Dis: 3/4L and. 1/2L Dis: 3L and 1 1/4L
Race 4 Race 5 Race 6
1st Sulky Du Blequin 1st Sports Trick 1st Party at the Spa
2nd Viva Sautonne 2nd John Barley 2nd Merrington CheckM8
3rd Alza La Belle 3rd Hendre Bob 3rd Dreamfair I Say
Time: 250.2 Time: 211.1 Time: 212.6
Dis: 7L and 1/2L Dis: 1 3/4L and 9L Dis: NK and NK
Race 7 Race8
1st Frisco Frisk 1st T'es Trop Foot
2nd Lyons Mischief 2nd Ulysse Du Bosq
3rd Rhyds Solution 3rd Vireo De Regan
Time: 210.8 Time: 253.0
Dis: 1/2L. and 1/2L Dis: HD. and NS
Two of the races staged on Saturday were in memory of Mr. Malcolm Ali, an avid fan of the sport of Harness Racing. Fittingly the races are under the trotting gait and are supported by TrotBritain and LeTrot. Malcolm was a great enthusiast and devotee of the trotter and a big advocate of the new Le Trot initiative. Best remembered for Yankee Storm and Prestige Nora in the past, the Ali family showcased Seven Des Vents and Ursula De Pralin on the night.
BHRC, TrotBritain and Le Trot are delighted to be part of the commemoration of the life and contributions of Malcolm Ali - a great trotting man.
The British Harness Racing Club
Burlington Crescent, Goole
East Yorkshire, DN14 5EG
T: 01405 766877
F: 01405 955000
9.30am - 5pm Mon & Tues.
9am - 3pm Wed to Fri
Dunstall Park Centre
Tel: 0870 220 2442
Fax: 0870 220 0107
Travel By Car: Exit the M54 at Junction 2 and join the A449 to Wolverhampton. Follow the brown signs to Dunstall Park. The racecourse is one mile north of the town centre on Gorsebrook road, just off the A449.
From the north – Exit the M6 at Junction 12 and take the A449 west to Wolverhampton.
From the south – Exit the M6 at junction 10a and take the M54 to junction 2. Take the A449 to Wolverhampton.
Travel By Train: Wolverhampton train station is less than two miles from the course and has good links to major towns and cities
More photos of Saturday's racing can be found on: https://www.facebook.com/pam.moon.56?pnref=story