ADAM KIRBY is one of the best riders on the all-weather and he showed that to good effect on Fighting Temeraire yesterday at Chelmsford when riding a well-judged race to win, making it win number 42 for Harper Lodge Farm.
Two and half weeks ago, horse and jockey were drawn seven of fourteen at the Essex track in a 0-75 handicap over 7f for three-year-olds and upwards. Unfortunately, as soon as the stalls opened, the hood came off the six-year-old son of Invincible Spirit later than planned, the horse lost his footing and the pair parted company.
Rather spookily, in exactly the same type of race over course and distance, Temeraire was drawn seven of fourteen again. This time however, the hood came off quicker and although not the fastest away from the blocks, the partnership stayed in tact!
The in-running comments from the Racing Post read: “Dwelt and pushed along into midfield, headway between rivals 2f out, switched right and ridden to chase clear leader entering final furlong, stayed on strongly to lead post.” Fighting Temeraire may never have won on the all-weather before but he displayed an impressive turn of foot in the home straight to land the spoils by by a neck from Extraordinair. This was the gelding’s third win this year.
Adam Kirby, one of the best riders on the all-weather enjoyed a great evening at Chelmsford as his victory on Temeraire, a 10/1 shot, was his second success in a 396/1 four-timer at the track. Congratulations to owners Michael and Heather Yarrow for whom it was their twelfth success this year.
The stable has been fairly quiet of late with this being only the third win in the last two months. However, win number 42 meant Harper Lodge Farm is on three more wins than the previous best tally of 39, achieved in 2013 and last year.