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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.
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.