BURNAGE BOY. 15 April 2016. Footstepsinthesand-Speedi Mouse. Owner-JFW Properties Ltd.
Burnage Boy is the second produce of his dam Speedi Mouse, who had a really good strike rate of four wins from 12 starts, including two wins at Newmarket, and a win at York, his sire is the 2000 Guineas winner, Footstepsinthesand, suggesting his best trip would be around a mile.
Burnage Boy made his debut over six furlongs at Haydock in August 2018, finishing sixth of the eight beaten 15 lengths.His only two other races as a juvenile were both at Pontefract, over the six furlongs again, and in his final start he showed a little more, keeping on in to forth ,beaten eight lengths.
He returned at Wetherby in April 2019 over a mile in his first handicap off 57, but he was never involved. He was stepped up to 12 furlongs at Beverley in May, but after being prominent early, he once again finished in the ruck.In July at Pontefract, he finished third of the five runners, but that promise, was followed by a slightly disappointing seven length 12th of 15 at Ripon, to his stablemate Stormin' Norman. In his next race at Pontefract he once again finished behind one of his stablemates, this time it was The Rutland Rebel, at the time the form of his six length forth looked poor, but the second horse went on to win it's next three starts, and the third horse won two of it's next three races.
To date that was the last time Burnage Boy has run on the flat, as in October he made his hurdling debut at Wetherby. Under Joe Colliver, and with eight flights in front of him, he made a tremendous start to his new career, by finishing second. There was quite a lot of confidence behind him on his next start at Musselburgh in November, but after being hampered at the first, his confidence was affected, and his jumping deteriorated badly.Two weeks later at Catterick, he showed that his Wetherby debut was no fluke, when once again filling the second spot. He has raced twice since, making no show in either event, although both runs were on soft ground, which probably doesn't suit.
Burnage Boy is only rated 48 on the flat, so if he can reproduce his good jumping form, he is a very well handicapped horse to keep an eye on, when we get going again.