Bath schoolboy rides first winner
Sixteen year old Beau Morgan has an enviable 100% racing record after his first ride resulted in a winner at Maisemore on Tuesday.
On a gloriously sunny day that had vets scurrying around to coll down horses post-race, Morgan and his mount, Twig, beat 11 other runners in the second division of the 6 Year Olds & Over Maiden, on the banks of the Severn.
Shamilan blotted his copybook by ducking out at the 6th, and a circuit later Post No Bills held a narrow advantage over Riding Shotgun and Twig, while James King was exuding confidence and moving Largy Mountain up onto the leader’s heels. Post No Bills maintained a narrow lead around the bend but just as King was poised to pounce on Largy Mountain, Beau Morgan and Twig opened up a race winning lead between the final two fences.
When questioned later he recalled “I could hardly sleep last night and would have been content to get round, but coming around the final bend I thought wait a minute I could win this”.
His daily schedule involves getting up at 5.30 am, riding out 2 lots for Neil Mulholland, changing in the car on the way to school and then home for rest after lessons have been completed.
Mulholland's must be a jolly place to spend the first part of the day, as he has his string in fine form at present. After 10 winners in March, he looks set to continue that pace in April, after a further winner today at Ffos Llas. This winning record includes the terrific exploits of tough little mare Peltwell, winning her third race in 9 days yesterday at Hexham.
Next week is a definitive week for any aspiring racehorse trainer, with some fabulous racing at Aintree, where the Irish currently take rather less interest than at Cheltenham. It's been a noticeable trend this year that more horses have avoided Cheltenham to try their hand at Aintree. Particularly among the graded novice events, it would be no surprise to see the respective ratings higher for Aintree winners than their Cheltenham counterparts.
Mulholland sits firmly in that group of aspiring trainers pushing at the back of the older generation of established names. He has Soupy Soups and Fingerontheswitch left in the Randox Grand National, and neither can be totally discounted in a race that still throws up plenty of strange results.
Meanwhile, the rather grandly named West Wales National at Ffos Las remained in Wales today after the rather well-bred Amateur secured the winner's berth for trainer John Flint and in so doing, forced a significant uplift in his career earnings. Not quite the intended target for a son of Giants Causeway, but every horse must find its niche somewhere.
Not long to wait either until the first Wessex Pointing fixture on Sunday week, when the Quantock picks up the behind closed doors baton. Still no sign of spectators admittance to events, but provided the government's Covid plan keeps to time, there'll be a chance in May.