Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series 2017 - Meet the runners!

As with everything, I'm chasing my tail. I had planned to have this published well before the first leg of the series was due to be staged.  Well, the first leg is tomorrow night.  That's right: TOMORROW NIGHT.  Thursday 22nd June.

The series was originally planned on the basis of twelve mares entering.  Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I only managed to get eleven entries.  However, the shortfall was accounted for by our generous sponsors and some foresight on my part.  Therefore, we go with eleven.

The entire purpose of this post is simply to introduce you to the eleven top quality mares entered for the series.  Just so you're aware of them when I start banging on in each weekly post about whoever the winner of the previous leg has been!

To quote Ernie K. Doe (or The Sugababes, for those with limited musical tastes), 'here come the girls'...


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Dontstoptheparty (2011, Dreamfair Vogel-Party West-Western Hanover).  Owned and trained by John Gilvear and driven on 25 of her 26 lifetime starts by Brian Gilvear (pictured winning the Joe Murdock Memorial Final in September 2016, when setting her lifetime mark of 2.04.6).  A grass specialist, 4 from 5 of her career wins have come on the turf, having won her maiden at Musselburgh in 2014 and notching up three victories at Haugh Field in 2014 and 2015.  Despite not scoring in the early part of 2016, she was rarely out of the frame and picked up six 2nds and two 3rds including second in a heat and third in the final of the Welsh Classic at Tregaron.  She rounded off the season with an impressive win in the Joe Murdock Final at Corbiewood's biggest weekend of racing.  She has been placed on both of her starts so far this season and enters the series as a Grade 5.


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G Ds Baby (2011, Daylon Alert-G Ds Twin-Cover Up).  Owned by Gilmour Carson and trained by George Carson.  A winner of 3 from 33 starts, partnered by a different driver on each occasion (William Drysdale, Grant Cullen and William Greenhorn).  Pictured setting her lifetime mark of 2.05.6 when winning her novice in July 2016.  From six starts this season, she has been placed twice (York & Appleby) and comes into this series as a Grade 1, giving her a preferential draw in the early legs.


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Lady Mary (2011, Playwithafulldeck-Marys Solitaire-Solitude).  Owned by George Murdoch & Catherine Shields, trained by Catherine Shields, driven since joining new connections in 2016 by William Drysdale (pictured setting her lifetime mark of 2.05.2 when winning her novice in September 2016).  A winner of 2 races from 26 starts; however, since arriving in Scotland last year, Lady Mary was never out of the first three on all 12 starts in 2016 which included runs on both hard and grass.  From 12 starts under the care of Cathy Shields, the mare recorded 1-6-5, earning money each time she raced.  Lady Mary enters the series as a Grade 1, which also gives her a preferential gate draw in the early legs.


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Loriznitestar (2009, Dreamfair Vogel-Starry Nite-D M Dillinger).  Owned by Thomas Sneddon, trained by Paul Cullen and primarily driven by Grant Cullen (pictured winning the 2017 STAGBI Future Broodmares race at Corbiewood, June 2017).  A winner of 11 from 78 starts, with a record of 2.04.7 at Corbiewood, Loriznitestar won her most recent start after a lacklustre beginning to the season.  She did however nearly equal her PB at the end of the 2016 season when winning the RC Taylor Final in October and ended the year on a high when returning a week later to win on her final start of the season.  Loriznitestar enters the series as a Grade 4.

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Porcelain Seelster (2013, Camluck-Pantecostal-No Pan Intended).  Owned by Claire Fletcher, trained by Teresa Haythornthwaite and regularly partnered by James Haythornthwaite.  A winner of 7 races from 30 starts, this mare was regularly placed in stakes races at 2 and 3, winning a heat of the 2YO Rising Starzzz at York and the SHRC 3YO Derby.  With a record of 2.03 at Tir Prince, 'Rosie's mark at Corbiewood is 2.04.54 recorded when winning a heat of the Victor Carson Memorial at the Murdock Weekend in 2016 before going on to win the final impressively.  Five of her seven victories have come at Corbiewood and she enters the series as a Grade 5.

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Rhyds Rainbow (2011, Hasty Hall-Kentucky Sunshine-Real Desire).  Owned by John Howard, trained by Sam Howard and primarily driven by Richard Haythornthwaite.  Current British 3YO Filly record holder and York 3YO Filly record holder with a lifetime mark of 1.57.3, winner of 5 from 8 starts and placed in the remaining three.  However, this mare is unraced since her 3YO season.  Enters the series as a Grade 7 (subject to BHRC confirmation).

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San Diego (2012, Pro Bono Best-San Carra-Coalford Art).  Owned and trained by William Kyle and driven by John Allan on recent starts this year.  Winner of 2 from 18, with back to back victories at Corbiewood in 2016, following on from multiple placed runs as a juvenile in stakes races.  Out of the mare San Carra, a Corbiewood stalwart who raced and won in top company at the track in years gone by.  San Diego has a personal best of 2.05.94 and was placed on her most recent start at Corbiewood this year.  Enters the series as a Grade 1.

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Starzapan (2010,Genghis Pan-Starry Nite-D M Dillinger).  Owned by Trackside Racing Stables, trained by Ally MacKenzie and driven by Stuart MacKenzie.  SHRC Horse of the Year 2016 after five 1sts, four 2nds and a 3rd during the season.  Took her lifetime mark of 2.04.06 in July last year on her third win in as many weeks at the track, during a purple patch in which she only finished outside the first two once in 6 weeks of racing.  Enters the series as a Grade 5.

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Sureamhasty (2012, Hasty Hall-Suream Smart-Sure Cam).  Owned and trained by Alex Hay and primarily driven by William Greenhorn.  A winner of her first start of the season at Appleby in May, and a winner of 5 from 21 starts lifetime, three of which have come at Corbiewood (where she set her lifetime mark of 2.07.13 in September 2016).  Second in the STAGBI Future Broodmares Race a couple of weeks ago behind Loriznitestar, she comes into the series as a Grade 3.

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Sureamsomething (2008, Wolfdancer Mindale-Suream Smart-Sure Cam).  Owned by Jackie Campbell and trained by Gregor Paterson.  Raced under saddle (Alana Hay, Melissa Osgood) and driven by a variety of top drivers (William Greenhorn, Hugh Menzies), she changed hands in the latter stages of the 2016 season having won a STAGBI Future Broodmares Race for her previous connections and finished second in another.  She then went on to win the third race in the series for new connections.  Winner of 14 races from 95 starts with a personal best of 2.04.12 (set in a STAGBI mares race).  Enters the series as a Grade 6.

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Yokalady (2010, Daylon Alert-Yoko Hall-Cambest).  Owned and trained by Dougie McLean and regularly driven by Scott Murray (pictured winning at Corbiewood in August 2016).  A winner of three races from 29 starts, all at Corbiewood, with a lifetime mark of 2.07.67.  Trained around Musselburgh Racecourse, she was unplaced on her first start of the season at Carlisle and enters the series as a Grade 2.

The start sheet for tomorrow night's racing can be found here.  We have seven mares going to post in the feature race.  Watch this space!!
Over and out,
#1 Fan Of Mares

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