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Live In Beauty scores again in STAGBI Mares’ Race

09:00 PM 10 Jun 2015 NZST
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Presentation to the winner of the STAGBI Broodmares Race by Sarah Thomas (far left) to the connections of Live In Beauty
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Presentation of the Charlie Inglis Memorial by the Inglis family (including assistant trainer, grandson of the late Charlie Inglis) to owner of Check On Wilma
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Bannockburn, Scotland - Live In Beauty retained her STAGBI Future Broodmares’ title in the Scottish division of the series after storming to victory in the featured harness race of the evening for aged pacing mares on Friday 5th June at Corbiewood Stadium. 

The ten-year-old daughter of Village Jasper out of Live In Lover (Todays Man), who was partnered by Grant Cullen in the last race of the night, showed solid track form to beat strong competition. 

Having taken time out of racing to breed (2013 foal by O’Brien Award winner Doonbeg), Live In Beauty returned to the circuit to an impressive victory in the 2014 staging of the race, and proved herself a worthy winner yet again in the 2015 event.

The second meeting of the season in Scotland kicked off with a Grade 1 handicap pace, with six runners going to post. Starzapan led out from post position 2 in the hands of Stuart Mackenzie, with Willf a persistent challenger who maintained pressure to the ¾ pole.

Betting favourite ATM, under a patient drive from Hugh Menzies, threatened the front horse at the last bend and looked a danger but Starzapan held on for an easy victory, and the first win for the new connections. Ayr Confusion stayed on well for third.

Race 1 (1 mile)

1st Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) – S Mackenzie

2nd ATM (Genghis Pan-Yoko Hall) – H Menzies

3rd Ayr Confusion (Daylon Alert-Poudine Du Pan) – G Cullen

6 Ran

Time: 2.07.28

Dist: 2 1/4L & 3/4L

The second race of the evening was a Grade 5 to 10 offering. GDs Twist, a catch drive for Richard Haythornthwaite, made use of pole position and led until the three-quarter pole, when Bayrigg Millionayr took up the running in the hands of William Greenhorn and together they held off a late challenge from Rebus and James Haythornthwaite.

In doing so, Bayrigg Millionayr recorded its 17th lifetime win.

Race 2 (1 mile)

1st Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millenium) – W Greenhorn

2nd Rebus (Todays Man-Slim Shady) – J Haythornthwaite

3rd Hawthorns Maggie (Coalford Art-Dot Comm) – G Paterson

6 Ran

Time: 2.06.72

Dist: 2 1/2L & 2L

Race three featured a field of maidens. Ladyford Miracle led out and set a frantic pace with David Lowther in the bike. D Ks Happy Dream and Gregor Paterson pulled out at the half to challenge the leader and took up the running at the three-quarter marker. 

The horse won going away from the field by 8 open lengths, and was a popular winner on the night as owner/trainer David ‘Buster’ Moncrieff trains out of the trackside stables at Corbiewood.

Race 3 (1 mile)

1st D Ks Happy Dream (Dream Work-D Ks Happy Moments) – G Paterson

2nd Ladyford Miracle (Check On Jack-Star Hall) – D Lowther

3rd Lady Claires Best (Pro Bono Best-Lady Lea) – A Haythornthwaite

6 Ran

Time: 2.08.43

Dist: 8 1/2L & 1 3/4L

The fourth race was the Charlie Inglis Memorial Trophy Novice – a trophy sponsored by the Inglis family in memory of the late Corbiewood legend and track official, Charlie Inglis, for horses with one lifetime win.

Princess Mhurrin showed tremendous gate speed to lead out from the pack; Evenwood Coolsting made an early challenge with Stuart Mackenzie searching for a driving double and took up the running approaching the quarter mile mark.

Merringtonchekonme and 2014 British leading driver William ‘Rocker’ Laider challenged the leader at the half but returned to the rail behind Evenwood Coolsting, leaving Check On Wilma a clear passage to go first up and challenge the front horse approaching the three-quarter mile pole. The two horses battled it out to the line with Check On Wilma and Grant Cullen coming out on top by a nostril. 

It was an emotional victory for the Morton stables’ assistant trainer Charles Allan Inglis, who trained the winner of his grandfather’s memorial pace and a double celebration as it was the weekend of his 21st birthday.

Race 4 (1 mile)

1st Check On Wilma (Check On Jack-Red Wilma) – G Cullen

2nd Evenwood Coolsting (The Firepan-Lamour La Plott) – S Mackenzie

3rd Merringtonchekonme(Check On Jack-What A Commotion) – W Laidler

6 Ran

Time: 2.06.64

Dist: Nose & 2 1/2L

Race five saw six runners go to post in the Grade 1-4 pace.  The betting favourite and winner from last week, Funtime Frankie, led out, his form boosted by Starzapan’s earlier victory having beaten the mare last week.

Live In Toyboy and Grant Cullen challenged first up at the half mile marker, and remained stride for stride with a furlong to go, however Funtime Frankie pulled away off the last bend to record another victory for Gordon Gilvear.

This was another emotional victory as regular driver Logan Fowler, who is currently recovering from a major driving injury, was present and able to join the celebrations in the winner’s circle.

Race 5 (1 mile)

1st Funtime Frankie (Jimmy Long-Lyons Flum) – G Gilvear

2nd Live In Toyboy (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) – G Cullen

3rd Coalford Feel Good (Wolfdancer Mindale-Yanke Finley) – W Greenhorn

6 Ran

Time: 2.06.74

Dist: 4L & 1L

The sixth and final race was the feature race of the evening – a division of the STAGBI Future Broodmares’ Race sponsored by the Standardbred breed society to promote future broodmares within the sport.  

Starzapan again led out in her second run of the evening, hoping to make it two from two. The field raced in Indian file with Stuart Mackenzie setting blazing fractions at the head of affairs.

As they approached the half, Sureamsomething and William Greenhorn pulled out first over to challenge the leader and looked to be travelling well. The front two looked to have the race between them with Live In Beauty staying on in third.

Shades of Grey made an ambitious move from the rear up the inside but found no racing room behind Ayr Pandemic and was hampered and as the front horses rounded off the final bend, Live In Beauty dug deep and stayed on best of all down the stand-side rail to get up close to home and in doing so denied Starzapan her double.

Race 6 (1 mile)

1st Live In Beauty (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) – G Cullen

2nd Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) – S Mackenzie

3rd Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Suream Smart) – W Greenhorn

7 Ran

Time: 2.04.75

Dist: 1/2L & 1L

Congratulations to all connections of winning horses and a Happy 21st Birthday to ‘wee Cha’!

Racing returns to Corbiewood on Thursday 18th June, with the 3YO Derby the feature race on the evening.

By Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink.com

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