A week that started at Redcar on April fools day, that ended in the sunshine at Aintree on Grand National day. That is the week that Wildcard Racing enjoyed in the first week in April.
Throwing Roses was our first runner this week in a 5 furlong Handicap at Redcar. This was her 1st run for the team and a real finding out mission. The ground was tacky and after showing early speed, she faded to the tail. The horse will be better suited by a longer trip, and racing on better ground, and the hope that after blowing away the cob webs she will improve.Here she is above enjoying the parade at Redcar, and the picture below shows the owners at Redcar enjoying the Wildcard experience with connections.After enjoying the Bank holiday fun at Redcar, it was time for our next runner to run in Aqueduct in America as Julius Geezer was bidding for further success for the American dream partnership. The race was a 30 thousand dollar claimer and the Geezer went off in the states at 10-1 on there tote. The horse was quick out the gates and got a good position just in behind the pace setter, before taking up the running coming out the back straight, down the stretch they came and the Geezer fought off all comers to win in gutsy fashion recording win number 7 for the season for WRS. Julius Geezer has now amassed more prize money in America than he did in this country throughout his racing career in Britain. This goes to show what an incredible achievement the American adventure has been for Wildcard Racing, and the whole team and the owners involved can be very proud of this horses efforts. The Geezer will continue racing in the states with much bigger prizes now his objective.The last part of a big week was the small matter of the unbeaten Dakar Run racing in the grade 2 Aintree Bumper. For Wildcard to be represented on Grand National day was huge for everyone. The horse has been a dream to be involved with and went to Aintree with all the hopes and dreams of everyone connected.The horse was partnered by Brian Hughes and went to post an 11-1 chance. The horse was very relaxed yesterday and went to post with confidence behind him.
The tapes went up and the race was off, settled towards the rear the horse travelled really well, following the favorite Tistory for most of the contest. Turning for home the horse began to come off the bridle but was still in close contention as the race heated up at the business end. Unfortunately for all his followers he was just unable to quicken up with the leaders but stayed on strongly to finish a gallant 5th beaten around 13 lengths.
The racing post analysis yesterday was held up; headway 3f out; ridden 2f out; kept on final furlong, nearest finish.
The paper stated Dakar Run came into this unbeaten and travelled strongly in midfield until asked to quicken off the final bend. He made some ground but his effort soon petered out.
The team was delighted, and the dream of having a runner at such a prestigious meeting was achieved. Dakar Run is a pleasure and having only raced 3 times, huge improvement can be expected as this 4 year old moves forward in his career.A special week in the Wildcard Racing adventure, and with future success on the horizon as the flat turf season really kicks into gear, a perfect time for people who want to live the dream to get involved.