Sherlock lights up the day at Towcester

Thu 31st Jan 2013, 17:00

photoTimmy Murphy
©Healy Racing Photos
Shirocco (stands at Dalham Hall in the UK for 7K) is the sire of the very exciting unbeaten mare Annie Power and the German-bred stallion was responsible for another breath-taking bumper winner, at Towcester today, as Red Sherlock sluiced up in the Free Tips Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Trained by David Pipe and owned by David Johnson, the four-year-old is out of the same connections high-class chaser, Lady Cricket, and he's a half-brother to Swing Bowler (that Galileo mare has won five from five thus far).

Red Sherlock went off the 7/4 favourite today. He 'strolled' through the contest under Timmy Murphy and he made light of the testing conditions to ease away up the straight – slamming Irish point-to-point winner, Indian Castle (making his debut for Donald McCain and Jason Maguire) by twenty three lengths.

Murphy told At The Races afterwards: "He's a nice horse - we've had him since he was a yearling so he was with us for two years and we always thought he was okay.

"Obviously when you send them down to 'Pipey' they always improve. I was impressed. He did it professionally. He was around here as a two-year-old so he knows what he's doing. He travelled lovely and enjoyed the ground.

"I always said he wanted a bit of an ease in the ground but that's fairly testing. He travelled easily. He didn't really have to quicken up to be fair – he just galloped to the line. He's alright.

"The mother (Lady Cricket) is proving to be as good a broodmare. All of Lady Cricket's off-spring have brilliant attitudes. They are broken in the stable – they're very straight-forward and I think that's a big help."

Stan James go 12/1 Red Sherlock for the Cheltenham Bumper. (EM)

Tyrella to inspect

The East Down's point-to-point at Tyrella will have to pass a 12.30pm track inspection on Friday 1st of February ahead of the scheduled fixture on Saturday 2nd of February.