THREE RUNNERS AT NEWCASTLE ON MONDAY EVENING.
Course winner Dragons Will Rise makes a quick return to Gosforth Park, in the 3.55.pm, just one week after finishing seventh on his first run back since winning at this track over one mile back in March.This will be his first attempt at 10 furlongs, and he remains fairly weighted, being only 2lb higher than when he won. Unfortunately he has the worst of the draw in 11, but he does have the assistance of Robert Havlin in the saddle, who rides many of the John Gosden horses, who will be having his first ride for us.
In division two of the 0-60 handicap, 35 minutes later at 4.30.pm, Burnage Boy also makes a quick reappearance. He raced over course and distance only six days ago, when finishing ninth of the 14 runners.He proved to be a revelation when going hurdling last October, and if able to transfer that form to the flat would be a very well handicapped horse. Burnage Boy will be ridden by David Allen, who to the best of my knowledge is also having his first ride for us.
Our final runner is The Rat Packs Racing Clubs Crash Helmet in the 7.45.pm.As a three year old in 2018 he was a winner at Newcastle over six furlongs in a novice event, he had also shown above average ability at Wolverhampton, and Kempton. As a four and five year, he badly lost his way, and therefore has dropped to an all time low mark of 47, This will be his first start since February, so any resurgence in form would see him go very close, P.J. McDonald rides him for the first time.
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Good luck to the connections, The Golden Cuckoo, JFW Properties Ltd, and The Rat Pack Racing Club.
04 February 2015.
Owner-The Rat Pack Racing Club.
One of the best handicapped horses in the yard is Crash Helmet, but as we know they become well handicapped for a reason. After four runs full of promise, he has run a further five times, with his best effort coming when finishing seventh of nine.
Crash Helmet is the first produce of his dam Hot Secret, whose second offspring is the 92 BHA rated, Roger Varian trained gelding Maraawed, who has recently moved to the United Arab Emirates, where he is now in training with Doug Watson.
Crash Helmet started his career in the care of Newmarket trainer George Scott, where he raced exclusively on the All Weather. He made his debut in July 2018, over six furlongs at Wolverhampton, after being slow away, he stayed on, running in to interference, but still finishing a very promising second. At Kempton in September, he once again missed the break, and ran through the field again to finish runner up.He was off the mark just over three weeks later at Newcastle, having to only be pushed out to score, under 7lb claimer Jessica Cooley.His final run for the Scott yard was his handicap debut in October 2018 at Kempton, on what was his first attempt over seven furlongs, from a mark of 69, he was held up in midfield, and kept on to be beaten a length and three quarters in to fifth place, under Oisin Murphy.
He arrived at Oakwood Stables in the Spring of 2019, and made his yard debut over six furlongs at Pontefract, a full 10 months after his last race, it was his first race on turf, but he failed to beat a rival home.At Newcastle over seven next time he took a keen hold, but weakened very quickly, to finish last of the nine runners.Back at Newcastle in January 2020, he showed a little more promise, when keeping on over six furlongs, being beaten six lengths, and finishing 10th of the 12 runners.For his next attempt at Newcastle in February, and stepping up to a mile for the first time, he raced as if the trip was possibly too far.His latest start before the lock-down was once again at Newcastle over seven furlongs, he was awkward at the start, made headway at halfway, but weakened away to finish seventh of the eight runners under Paula Muir.
Crash Helmet has been a very good horse as a three year old, but has disappointed badly at four, and five. When he does race next he will be on a very attractive mark of only 47. He is undoubtedly a very well handicapped horse, but whether he will ever be able to take advantage, only time will tell.