Cortesia wins while four others place
1st. An Allan Bloodlines favourite, the now 4 year old filly CORTESIA, won her first start over hurdles on Saturday at Bangor on Dee. Sired by Allan’s stallion COURTEOUS and purchased by Allan from her breeder as a foal in support of said stallion, CORTESIA had won a decent Newbury maiden at 3 when trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam. She ran well in the Cheshire Oaks with draw, track and, as it turned out, ground against her. CORTESIA found it hard to be competitive and Allan, retaining faith, retained her at the sales and sent her to Richard Philips to be tried over hurdles. Opting to have her ridden by apprentice Sean Quinlan who had schooled her at home, owner and trainer were delighted to see her sluice through the field having been given confidence early on. Nearly making a hash of the last, CORTESIA recovered to nail the favourite on the line and take the 2m 1f Fillies and Mares maiden.
2nd. Earlier in the day, Royal Ascot winner TITUS ALONE finally regained some form after a lengthy acclimatisation period in South Africa. Performing his trick of dwelling in the stalls, he gave a 1200 metre field at Kenilworth several lengths’ start and overhauled the lot. Except one. With many observers believing that he had at worst secured a dead heat, TITUS was declared to have finished 2nd. Nevertheless, he seems to be back to form.3rd. Shortly afterwards, still on Saturday, SEMPRE LIBERA, 2 year old Allan filly leased into Racing
Club HINTLESHAM THOROUGHBREDS, ran 3rd at Lingfield, a finish with which nobody had any complaints. Given an excellent ride by Kirsty Milczarek, the filly was beaten by two better horses on the day, whilst leaving the others well behind. She has been 2nd, 3rd 3rd in her three efforts to date.3rd. This afternoon, GRANDAGE followed up his promising bumper debut with 3rd place at Warwick in what may well be a pretty strong race. Wit Oliver Sherwood sending him out looking magnificent and travelling like the winner for much of the race, GRANDAGE’s greenness was found out on the sharp 180 degree bend. Having run wide and lost his rhythm, Dominic Elsworth pulled him together to finish an encouraging 3rd to horses with form, and with the rest way behind.4th. Yesterday at Dromahane near Mallow north of Cork, SHAHBASH carried the busy Allan colours to 4th place in one of the strongest 4yo bumpers of the season. Sean Aherne sent this brave little horse out showing improvement over his “nearly” debut and Mark Beecher gave him another good ride in a strongly run heat in which SHAHBASH made the pace, jumping immaculately. On very testing ground, Allan and supporters wondered if he would get home up the stiff finish and perhaps he did not. Rendered blind at the last by being crowded, SHAHBASH made a mistake and all but stopped but recovered to hold 4th place in a field of 17.