Bartley win on Stellite shows benefit of further education; MUSSELBURGH.Byline: Tom O'Ryan
THERE'S more to race-riding than meets the eye. Ask Gary Bartley. "It's all up here," said the 5lb claimer, pointing to his head after continuing his solid start to the season with a winner on his only ride on the card.
Bartley produced Stellite, trained by Jim Goldie, with a searing late run to gain a slender victory in the 7f handicap (a race Stellite also won 12 months ago), taking his score for the season to four winners from 18 rides. That is a creditable tally, given that he rode only six winners last year from 140 mounts.
Bartley, who had ridden 18 winners in 2007, went to the Northern Racing College for extra tuition in February and feels it did him the world of good.
"I had three days down there and it wasn't just about the riding, it was about talking things through and getting some perspective on things," he said. "David Griffiths David Griffiths may refer to:
Legal Legacy was described as "still a baby" by trainer Michael Dods. "He showed a good attitude and is going the right way. He should stay further in time, being a son of Beat Hollow." The market told the story of the 5f juvenile maiden, in which Reignier, backed at 14-1 earlier in the day, ran out a decisive 5-1 winner for trainer Karl Burke and owner Philip Richards.
Winning jockey Andrew Elliott, who overcame a high draw, said: "He was clueless clue·less
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Adj. 1. at Nottingham on his first run, but he learned plenty and he carried me into the race today. I like him." Lucayan Dancer gained his 13th career success when coming late and fast to win the 1m1f seller for David and Adrian Nicholls, while Thunder Bay Thunder Bay, city (1991 pop. 113,946), SW Ont., Canada, on Thunder Bay inlet of Lake Superior. The city was created in 1970 by the amalgamation of the twin cities of Fort William and Port Arthur and two adjoining townships. scored a gritty win in the 5f handicap for Richard Fahey, his trainer and owner, and jockey Paul Hanagan.
The 1m6f apprentice handicap went to Monte Pattino. Rated just 54 and sent off at 25-1, the Colin Teague-trained five-year-old broke his duck at the 11th attempt under Lance Betts. Remarkably, the gelding is a brother to no less a horse than Fantastic Light Fantastic Light (born February 13, 1996) is an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who raced out of the United Kingdom. At age 3, the colt won three minor races but at age 4 came into his own, winning several important international contests. .
"We bought him for about 5,000gns, unraced, but he didn't have his mind on the job as a colt, so we gelded him. It took him time last year to get over that, but he's starting to get it together now," said Teague..
Star performance Gary Bartley's confident success on Stellite Shorter and sweeter " If they don't get home, they get stuffed, it's as simple as that" - trainer David Barron on the lack of stamina shown by La Zamora over 6f last time at Doncaster, following the filly's win over the minimum trip yesterday Which brother to a multiple Group 1 winner caused a shock in the apprentice handicap? Results and analysis, page 68
Gambled-on Reignier (Andrew Elliott, centre) beats Final Ovation (right) and Maison Brillet in the opener