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|Shamrocked second by a short head|
|DATE POSTED: 08/05/2013|
Having led his
competitors a merry dance from the three furlong pole, Shamrocked
was 'head-bobbed' out of back-to-back wins at Wolverhampton on
It was one of those moments where you try to envisage which horse has hit the winning line first - whether the challenger has got up, or if your own horse has managed to win the 'battle of the heads'.
Having won at Ripon last time out, shareholders in Shamrocked, trained by Ollie Pears in Malton had been backed down to 13/8 favourite on Monday afternoon. He took up the running on the cusp of the bend and immediately took a length out of his field.
Into the final furlong he was still a length up, but being challenged on the outside. He was still a neck up on the run to the line, but as the line got closer, he was joined. The resulting photo finish revealed that his head was up on the line, and his competitors was down - really touch luck. He finished second, beaten a short head.
Jacob Butterfield rode Shamrocked
It was another good, competitive run from Shamrocked, and only the difference in a head-bob separated the first two. We were delighted with the run, as the gelding has now won over seven, six and been placed second on his first attempt at five furlongs.
He will now go through the winter on the All-Weather, racing specifically at Southwell and Wolverhampton for his shareholders. At only £85.00 a share, he represents excellent value for a lot of fun through the winter time.