JUST JEAN AND THE RUTLAND REBEL TO RUN AT THIRSK ON MONDAY.
First up at 2.05.pm is our three year old filly Just Jean. As a two year old, in June of last year, she got her career off to a flyer when finishing second to the 91 rated Mark Johnson trained Praxeology,but in three subsequent races, she couldn't confirm that promise.She returned at Thirsk 10 weeks ago, over a mile, where she raced keenly, and as she was making her effort just over one furlong out, was stopped in her run, but to her credit she kept on to the line.On Monday she will race over the same trip, with the handicapper having dropped her a further 2lb to 56, the draw has been favourable, and Andrew Mullen who knows her well will ride again.
The Rutland Rebel makes his seasonal debut in the finale at 4.45.pm, over one mile, and four furlongs.He was a winner at Pontefract last August in a race that has worked out well.Following that success, he raced in three novice hurdles, and will no doubt be back over jumps this winter. On Monday, in what will be his first race in nine months, he will carry top weight, with Graham Lee taking the ride.
Good luck to the connections, Mr and Mrs Paul Chapman, and Stephen Sugden, and Ryder Sugden.
The Rutland Rebel is one of those late developing horses who needs lots of time and patience. He didn't see a racecourse until October of his two year old season, making his debut over seven furlongs at Redcar, being given a lovely educational ride from Dougie Costello, further experience was gained at the back end of the month at Doncaster. He kicked off his three year old career with a staying on forth at Wetherby over seven furlongs, then stepping up to a mile at Redcar in a better race, he probably backed up that form in finishing a close fifth. He made his handicap debut off 67 over one mile, and two furlongs at Ripon, but after missing the break could never get involved.
He got off the mark at the seventh time of asking under Patrick Millman in the Amateur Maiden Handicap, at Pontefract in August of last year, in what at the time looked like a shocking race, but has since worked out very well, with the runner up Gylo winning his next three, the third horse Brutalab, won two of his next three, and the forth placed horse, our very own Burnage Boy, is now rated 105. over hurdles.
He had one more run on the flat after that, when never getting involved in the soft ground at Beverley.He made his hurdles debut at Wetherby last October, when a mistake early on appeared to knock his confidence, he has since run twice more at Catterick, and is now eligible for a handicap mark.