The Newbury Sprint Challenge Qualifiers are always well supported and again this week it was necessary to split both the colts’ and the fillies events into two instances in order to accommodate all of those wishing to take part. One week ago, it was Sky Castle Stables’ Blood On My Hands who scooped the prize and he was looking for a quick repeat.
The gray colt was having only his second outing of the season on that occasion, having run third first time up. This would be the first time he had attempted a mile in a while, however, with the majority of his best form coming over a furlong shorter – as it was last time. Importanté Minimõ, trained by shotgun_mike had not been seen since achieving a fine second place in a Consolation Newbury Sprint at the end of last season. Fitness clearly wasn’t an issue though and he was sufficiently well-primed to go a close second here too. He beat all bar the Black Death owned Breakneck Place. The four year old bay was a real eyecatcher last time when an unlucky in running fifth in last week’s contest, behind Blood On My Hands and he was impressive in making amends here. He quickened well to score under Sergio Ramirez. The Sky Castle Stables’ trained Slim Shadyz finished third.
The second instance of this race saw Daztron‘s prolific winner, Sir Sam Silver, fail narrowly to concede twenty pounds to The Enemy Within who was claiming his first qualifier win of the season after having been placed in two previous efforts. Sky Castle Stables again took third, this time with Emblazonne who was making his seasonal debut.
The standings for November’s final now show Breakneck Place on forty points at the head of the table, nine points clear of second placed Sir Sam Silver. El Nino Got A Bro, representing owner derekw10 is just one point further behind on thirty.
The Newbury Sprint Qualifier Fillies resulted in a tight finish between shotgun_mike’s I Like To Move It and Team Johanssons Majestic Miracle with the former just getting the upper hand. The winner was having her second run of the season following a second place finish in a Rated Race eight days earlier. Winning Post’s four year old gray mare, Flowery Twats, already a sprint qualifier winner this season, did best of the rest to finish third.
The second instance of the fillies’ event resulted in heinz’s Tornado Of Death scooping the pot for the second time this season, having won over this same six furlong trip in early August. Sky Castle Stables was again unlucky not to collect the main prize as Scenic Esplanade was second for the owner this time. Burkveen Racing’s seven year old mare, Kore O Kudasi, was close up in third spot.
There are now more than fifty fillies with points on the board for the final of this category. Sunline (NZ) still tops the standings for Sky Castle Stables but her lead is now reduced to two points from Tornado Of Death. This pair are seven points ahead of the remainder with The Face’s Urban Symphony currently leading the chasing pack.