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    Throwing Roses shows her ability with a short-head second in a Maiden race at Ripon on debut    
         
    DATE POSTED: 30/04/2012    
         
    We were lucky to get racing on Saturday, as Ripon battled with the weather to stage their meeting - but we're certainly glad that they did.  On debut, our first 2YO runner of the season ran a cracker in a Class 5 handicap to finish second by only a short-head at 25/1...

Throwing Roses was bought at the Doncaster Yearling sales back in October last year, and after being pre-trained at our yard in Gisburn, Lancashire, went off to Ollie Pears in February to be readied for racing action.

So on her racecourse debut - and having only just turned two - she faced nine rivals at Ripon on Saturday afternoon, on ground described as 'very soft indeed' by the jockeys.
 
With over 20 shareholders present at the racecourse, all of which were able to enter as Owners, the pressure was on trainer Ollie Pears, but he certainly didn't disappoint.

The filly jumped out of the stalls very professionally and immediately took a share of the lead.
 
 

Jockey James Sullivan (pictured above) kept her on the rail and maintained her position.  At two out she was still travelling nicely, and then over a furlong and a half out she was asked to lengthen and she took the lead.

Into the closing stages she was challenged by Michael Dodd's runner and the two of them fought out a tight finish - with Throwing Roses (or 'Zooki' as she is known to her shareholders) still leading - but in the last stride her opponent nosed in front and she went down fighting by a short head.

However, a gallant performance which has already been roundly praised for its 'game' qualities.  She returned to the winners enclosure beaten but not bowed.

A great first run from a really big-hearted horse.  There's certainly more to come from her, and we believe she could well be running again very soon to make the most of the current soft ground.

And shares in this tough and robust 2YO are selling out fast - with less than a dozen left, we expect to sell out for this promising young filly very soon.
 
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