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An example of Hintlesham Thoroughbreds Newsmemos
11th Aug 2008
Although touch and go as to whether he should run on horrible ground, YEOMAN OF ENGLAND made his debut last evening at Thirsk. Bryan Smart had withdrawn his runner in the race before in the face of driving rain and of the evidence of the first race which showed the runners kicking huge lumps out of the turf as they covered a mile in a time nearly 8 seconds slower than average.
But the thing to do was to give YEOMAN some experience, whatever the ground, and he got a bucket load!
Calm at the start in contrast to several skittish and even mulish companions including one determined to rush about and lose his jockey, our colt seemed unphased and went into his stall perfectly well. Clearly he had been well schooled and was taking the whole thing professionally.
ISLAND CHIEF was drawn next to us and was not behaving well. The gates opened and YEOMAN froze. A few strides later, in terms of the main field moving away, he came out to join what could only be described as a rodeo scene. ISLAND CHIEF moved left and bronced persistently, hampering himself and others. The sight of a racehorse, even a green two year old, bucking hard in a race for half a furlong is not commonplace!
YEOMAN was not hampered but was transfixed. At least thatâ€™s what Tom reported and that is why Tom gave him a clout after a furlong to put his mind back on the job at hand. After that, things went much better. Five runners had â€śflownâ€ť and the remaining seven were in chase, some sorting themselves out mentally and physically after the rodeo and some completely failing to handle the ground.
The winner had experience and won as a favourite should, especially one by Captain Rio whose progeny love the soft. Our colt finished 8th, a length behind the one in front and 3, 1Âľ, 9 and 34 lengths ahead of those behind him. It was that sort of ground. None but the front few handled it. The poor tailed off individual was KILSYTH who was hampered at the start and never got into it.
YEOMAN pleased Tom with his efforts on and after the bend to the extent that the only thing to do is to get him out again pretty quickly and avoid rodeos. He did finish well in spite of hating the ground. What he told his mates when he got back to nearby Sutton Bank can only be left to the imagination.
Incidentally, the bucking and heaving ISLAND CHIEF also finished well and might be a future winner, having presumably given his connections the fright of their lives on this occasion. In the words of the Racing Post he â€śbucked early on, went left, hampered and hopelessly lost placeâ€ť.
They missed out some other words: â€śOther unraced colts stopped and staredâ€ť.
A race fairly soon is on the cards!HINTLESHAM THOROUGHBREDS