Fanning strikes on Stopped Out
Last Updated: 15/07/14 6:32pm
Joe Fanning: A master from the front
A review of the action from Beverley, where Joe Fanning was typically tactically astute in making all aboard Stopped Out
Joe Fanning produced a typically well executed front-running ride to help talented hurdler Stopped Out break his duck on the Flat in the 129th Year Of The Watt Memorial Handicap at Beverley.
Seven victories over timber, including lucrative triumphs at Sandown and Bangor last year, have helped Phil Kirby's grey achieve a lofty rating of 142 over the smaller obstacles, but in five previous attempts on the level he had drawn a blank.
Sent off at 8/1 after failing to make an impact over a shorter trip at York last month, Stopped Out was soon bowling along merrily at the head of affairs in this two-mile assignment and as usual, Fanning got his fractions spot-on.
Challengers were queuing up to have a pop at the nine-year-old once straightened up for home, but having had a breather, Stopped Out kept up the gallop to hold the late run of Almagest by a neck.
Kirby said: "Joe gave him a great ride. The ground was probably a bit quicker than he wanted ideally, but he got away with it.
"I have to say I was surprised they gave him such an easy time out in front considering he obviously stays well and has won over £50,000 over hurdles, but I'm not complaining.
"He got his own way, he enjoyed himself and things worked out ideally, so we're delighted with him.
"We'll probably play around on the Flat with him now, but he's a horse who could go chasing in the autumn.
"His hurdle mark is probably at it's maximum at this stage, so going over fences could be the right way to go with him."
Course specialist Mey Blossom (5/1) opened her account for the year in the first division of the 100% Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap.
Given plenty of time to find her feet by top apprentice Connor Beasley, Richard Whitaker's veteran mare got rolling in the last of five furlongs and edged out Lucky Mark by half a length, with favourite Hazard Warning just a neck away in third.
Whitaker said: "I think that's her fourth win at Beverley, so she obviously likes the place and it's her 10th win overall.
"She's pretty well handicapped on her old form, but you don't know whether they're still firing or not until they go racing. It's a bit like myself, I'm not sure if I'm still firing or not!
"She's obviously got plenty of life in in her yet, she's entered at Beverley again on Monday and she might just turn up."
Division two went to Scott Dixon's 10/1 shot Pearl Noir, ridden by Matthew Hopkins.
Kimbali secured his second successive win since joining locally based Declan Carroll in the Sandra Evison Memorial Handicap.
Snapped up for £6,000 after winning a Leicester claimer for David Evans in June, the five-year-old made a winning debut for new connections in selling company at Beverley little over a week ago and was a 9-1 shot stepped up in class.
Given a confident ride by Luke Leadbitter, Kimbali came through to beat Mishaal by half a length.
"It was his owner Sarah Bryan who claimed him at Leicester, so she takes the credit for that," said Carroll.
"Luke obviously get a good tune out of him and it's worked out well today, so it's great he's followed up.
"He's not entered anywhere at this stage, so we'll get him home and see where we go."
Gerry The Glover got favourite backers off to a flyer when obliging as the 6/4 market-leader in the opening Racing UK Profits All Returned To Racing Maiden Auction Stakes.
Trainer Brian Ellison told Racing UK: "He's a tall, lanky horse and he doesn't actually look a two-year-old. He's got a good family, he's tough and hardy and he'll only improve.
"He did well from a bad draw and Tom said there was plenty left."
Trainer Tracy Waggott completed a double with Border Bandit (5/1) landing the irishbigracetrends.com Handicap and Valantino Oyster (8/1) surging clear in the Dorothy Laird Memorial Trophy.
Rae Guest's Archduchess was a 12/1 winner of the KCOM Group Handicap under Silvestre de Sousa.