There will be plenty to interest local racing enthusiasts this week.
Ventura Mist, owned by Barton on Humber based Middleham Park Racing, is set to be ridden by Market Rasen jockey Duran Fentiman at the big Newmarket Craven Meeting this Wednesday in a six furlong handicap.
Her trainer is reportedly happy with her and she has wintered well. Ventura Mist was the winner the 2013 Hilary Needler and the Listed Two-Year-Old Trophy in October at Ripon.
With a week of the flat race turf season complete, Fentiman is still to notch up his first winner, but has been in the enclosure with several second places.
He got underway at Newcastle and rode four-year-old Missy Wells for trainer Mark Walford. The 66/1 shot will have rewarded local punters who keep an eye on the ex De Aston student and got an each way bet on.
The Class 5 Maiden Fillies Stakes over a mile saw Fentiman’s mount get pipped by a half a length. He followed the up for trainer Tim Easterby who saddled Soul Brother in a Maiden Stakes over 6 furlongs. The 13/8 second favourite challenged a furlong out but got beat by one and a quarter lengths.
Soul Brother is a full brother to the high class sprinter Body and Soul who, like Ventura Mist, has provided Fentiman with some good wins over the past two seasons.
The day wasn’t finished for the local jockey however as Sun’s Dancer gave him another runner up spot in a later Handicap.
Toomore, perhaps the class horse in the Middleham Park Racing ownership, will make his seasonal debut at the Craven meeting on Thursday in one of the 2000 Guineas Trials, a race run over the same course and distance as the 2000 Guineas.
The three-year-old is currently second favourite for the Guineas. As a two-year-old last season he won at Leicester on debut, then won at Glorious Goodwood and followed that success in a Group 1 contest, the biggest race in Ireland for two-year-olds.
He was also the highest rated two-year-old horse in Europe, impressive for a horse who only cost 36K, next to nothing in racing terms. Toomore was bought from Doncaster and is now owned by the local syndicate.