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Malton apprentice jockey Samantha Bell tipped to follow up first York success
Samantha Bell, who rode her first York winner on Friday when scoring on 14-1 shot Dusky Queen, can open her account at Musselburgh this afternoon.
The apprentice, who switched from her native Ireland, where she rode ten winners, to North Yorkshire earlier this year, renews her association with Bayan Kasirga in the Betfair Scottish Stayers’ Final.
Bell rode Bayan Kasirga, trained by her Malton boss Richard Fahey, to victory at Catterick last week when bringing the filly with a strong late run to land a slender success.
That was Bayan Kasirga’s third win of the campaign. She had previously won in decisive style on this course.
A 6lb penalty makes life tougher for the three-year-old today, but Bayan Kasirga is a horse in form – and Bell is jockey in form.
Connor Beasley, another apprentice enjoying a good time of things, has double prospects at the East Lothian course.
Attached to Michael Dods’ Darlington yard, Beasley rides nap selection Lady Poppy in the opening 32Red.com Apprentice Riders’ Handicap and a reproduction of her good second to Thatcherite at Redcar recently would probably enable George Moore’s sprinter to resume winning ways.
Beasley has also been booked by Norton trainer Julie Camacho to ride Tom Sawyer in the 32Red Casino Handicap, also over five furlongs.
A Lingfield winner two starts back, Tom Sawyer has since failed narrowly to beat Opt Out over this course and distance. He has every chance of getting back on top.
In the Willie Park Trophy Handicap, Commissioned promises to be the one to beat.
A good second at Windsor on his debut, Mark Johnston’s colt won by no less than 11 lengths in maiden company at Catterick on his second outing. He faces a much stiffer task this afternoon on his handicap debut off a mark of 94, but Commissioned looks a useful performer in the making.
Art Obsession shaped well on his debut at Ayr last month to finish second and it would be no surprise to see David Barron’s juvenile go one better.
York jockey Robert Winston takes the ride on him in the Irish Stallion Farms Maiden Stakes over a mile.
At Salisbury, a note should be made of the promising Marmarus (1.50) and the well-bred newcomer Allegria (2.20) in the opening two maidens, while Centred deserves more than a passing glance in the Bathwick Tyres ‘Season Finale’ Handicap.
Sir Michael Stoute’s charge looked good in the spring and summer, winning two of her three starts, both at Pontefract.
It is interesting that her trainer is bringing her back out again so late in the campaign and it seems safe to assume that a bold show is expected.
Ryan Moore rides.
2.10 Lady Poppy (NAP), 2.40 Art Obsession, 3.15 Silly Billy, 3.45 Bayan Kasirga, 4.20 Tom Sawyer, 4.50 Sound Advice, 5.20 Commissioned.
1.50 Marmarus, 2.20 Allegria, 2.50 Joohaina, 3.25 Sakash, 4.00 Shamaal Nibraas, 4.30 Munhamer, 5.00 Stomachion, 5.30 Centred.
Today’s other meeting: Windsor.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Huntingdon, Kempton, Leicester and Newcastle.
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