By John Scanlon
Penalised 6lb for this Pontefract success, Bo Samraan was turned out again at Catterick on October 29, as one of six runners in the feature event in the card, a mile and a half handicap for three-year-olds and upwards. The race was run on heavy ground, and Bo Samraan, the only three-year-old in the field, was drawn on the outer.
On leaving the stalls under Joe Fanning, Bo Samraan appeared to stumble and indeed he cut himself in doing so. Joe soon had him racing prominently, racing on the outside of the early leader, Where’s Jeff, while the six-year-old Jabbaar was held up in rear.
Turning for home, Bo Samraan had taken up the running while Jabbaar had made sufficient progress from the rear to challenge on his outer. This was a shrewd move by Tom Eaves on Jabbaar, as it allowed him to grab the stands’ rail on his gelding.
A sustained duel ensued as the leaders battled along the length of the straight. Joe Fanning managed to coax Bo Samraan into the lead inside the final furlong, and the Sea The Stars colt held on well to score by a short head from Jabbaar, with First Flight three and a quarter lengths back in third.
Winning jockey was in no doubt about the merit of Bo Samraan’s win. “It’s bottomless out there,” Joe told the Klarion. “He stumbled a bit leaving the stalls but he was soon travelling well and I always thought he’d get there.”
These were the first career successes for Bo Samraan, who is out of the Night Shift mare, Sassenach. A winner over 13 furlongs at Downpatrick, she has produced seven winners, including Dress Rehearsal (by Galileo), a Listed winner in Ireland who later landed a Grade 3 event over a mile and a half at Gulfstream Park. The colt stayed the mile and a half well at Catterick, as the ground was bottomless and he was up against an older rival who has demonstrated an ability to stay a mile and three-quarters well.
Later on October 29, John Dance’s Dark Regard opened her winning account in a fillies’ novice event at Southwell.
After an encouraging run on debut at Hamilton Park in July, where Dark Regard finished second to an odds-on favourite in a six furlong maiden, the Dark Angel filly hated the heavy conditions she experienced at Leicester next time out.
Making her all-weather debut at Southwell, she faced a field of 11 other fillies and was ridden by PJ McDonald. As Quaint led the field in the early stages, Dark Regard tracked the leaders, disputing fourth with two rivals. Turning for home, PJ steered the filly towards the inside, where she mounted a determined challenge on Quaint.
Striking the front with a furlong to race, the filly kept on strongly to score by three lengths from Quaint, with Alex Gracie three-quarters of a length back in third. The front three fillies pulled well clear of the remainder in the closing stages.
Dark Regard is out of the Tamayuz mare, Best Regards, a Listed winner in Germany who also won twice in France, at Deauville and at Maisons-Laffitte.
The yard went on to register a double at Southwell and a treble on the day when Wadacre Galoubet landed a stayers’ handicap over a mile and three-quarters.
Wadacre Stud’s Born To Sea gelding was having his first run at Southwell and was also running over a mile and three-quarters for the first time. PJ McDonald took the ride.
Seven three-year-olds went to post for the race, and the early pace was set by the favourite, Keith, with Wadacre Galoubet settled in second. Asked for his effort three furlongs from home, Wadacre Galoubet came to challenge the leader as the field negotiated the home turn.
Brought wide into the straight, Wadacre Galoubet was headed by J Gaye entering the final furlong, but the gelding refused to be denied and fought back to regain the lead with 50 yards to run.
Wadacre Galoubet is out of the Three Valleys mare, Glenreef, who won a Southwell maiden for the same connections in 2013.
Picture: Wadacre Galoubet under Amy Brooks