Racing Report Card: The ride of the day from Oisin Murphy, a Ralph Beckett horse to follow and a good day for the Mark Usher camp on Friday

Racing Report Card: The ride of the day from Oisin Murphy, a Ralph Beckett horse to follow and a good day for the Mark Usher camp on Friday


THERE was a weekend warmup on Friday with proper racing all over the gaff.

We’ve picked out the best of the bunch and found a few snippets you may have missed from around the tracks.

Ride of the day 🏇

Oisin Murphy was at his best to get improving filly Shadn up on the line in the feature Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury.

Ryan Moore looked like he’d stolen a march on his rivals on the Mark Johnston-trained Misty Grey, but despite a few lingering signs of greenness, Murphy got all he could from his filly to get her up in the shadows of the post.

It was a game performance from the pair and this filly will step up into Group company next time out. She could yet be better on a sounder surface too.

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A Ralph Beckett horse on the up 📈

Skymax (4.10) had his rivals on the run a long way from home up the long Newbury straight and Beckett was quick to praise his rapidly improving three-year-old.

It was only a small field and some will question the form, but not me. He had these on the ropes miles out and looks a proper galloper.

He’ll go up a fair whack for this and looks a Melrose horse in the making.

It was also a hat tip to Sir Michael Stoute’s stayer Calculation who also won again today. That horse stuffed Skymax last time out at Doncaster.


A good days work for the Mark Usher stable 🏆

Trainer Mark Usher must have thought his luck was out when 33-1 shot Point In Time was edged out in Newbury’s valuable Class 2 Handicap at 3.05.

Jedhi just got up to land the £25k there, but over £7k went the way of the gutsy Point In Time who certainly has a race or two in her.

Then in the lucky last the team went one better as Misu Pete did the honours in the apprentice handicap.

He escapes a penalty for the win and a beaming Usher told our Trackman: “That was smashing – thank god it was an apprentice race and he won’t have a penalty.

“I’ll have to find something for him pretty quickly!”

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