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Tonto’s Spirit enters Cartmel record books

Tonto’s Spirit won for a record-equalling seventh time at Cartmel when taking the Peter Beaumont Memorial Handicap Chase.

The Dianne Sayer-trained gelding joined Harriet Graham’s Soul Magic, whose victories came between 2011 and 2013, as the most successful horse at the Cumbrian track.

Making all the running in the hands of Conor O’Farrell, Tonto’s Spirit (7-2) kept all challengers at bay with a determined display that saw the nine-year-old prevail by three lengths from staying-on Dino Velvet, with Ming Dynasty third.

Sayer said: “It was fabulous, I’m absolutely delighted. He is so game and I thought last time he was here when he was second, he had a very hard run and I was worried he had, to a certain extent, broken his heart.

“I tried him back on the Flat to cheer him up, but he wouldn’t have that at all. Once that tape went up and he jumped that first fence, I thought ‘he’s enjoying this’.

“Bottom-weight helped him massively because it would take some good horse to go with him on 10st over these fences. It was a very good race.”

It was a fitting result in a race named in memory of the North Yorkshire trainer who died in March 2020. Beaumont had many top steeplechasers in his care, including 1993 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Jodami, 1999 Scottish National winner Young Kenny and 2002 Royal And Sun Alliance Chase victor Hussard Collonges.

“We were delighted and privileged to have a runner in that race, as Peter Beaumont is such a legend in our sport,” said Sayer, whose stables are about 40 miles away from the track at Hackthorpe.

“He was very prolific all of my youth and he was always very kind to me, so to win the race was amazing.”

Sayer hopes to bring Tonto’s Spirit back to Cartmel to try for an eighth course win.

“We’ll be doing our best to get him back next year, hopefully,” she added.

“He won his novice hurdle here and has always loved this track. My late brother Ken (Slack) made him what he is so as long as keeps winning at Cartmel, Ken is never far away.”

Jodami, one of the great horses trained by the late Peter Beaumont
Jodami, one of the great horses trained by the late Peter Beaumont (Gareth Copley/PA)

Beaumont loved coming to Cartmel, as his daughter, Anthea Leigh, the clerk of the course, told Racing TV.

“Dad died 11 days into the first lockdown – not from Covid, he just died peacefully in his sleep fairly unexpectedly,” she said.

“Because of everything we haven’t been able to give him a proper funeral and send-off and the time has gone for him to have a memorial service, but he would love this (having a race named in his honour) at a course he loved.

“He used to come here to Cartmel – there’s lots of happy memories from Cartmel and it meant a lot to dad.
“He was very understated and very modest.”

Stat of the Day, 26th August 2020

Tuesday's pick was...

3.05 Bangor : Do You Know What @ 4/1 BOG 2nd at 4/1 (Midfield, headway to chase leaders 9th, ridden before 2 out, stayed on to press leader last, stayed on well close home, just denied by a short head) 

Wednesday's pick runs in the...

4.05 Musselburgh :

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Millie The Minx @ 4/1 BOG

...in a 9-runner, Class 6, Flat Handicap for 3yo+ over 1m4½f on Soft ground worth £3,429 to the winner...


As is generally the case, the racecard is my way into the race...

...with an in-form 6 yr old mare hailing from an in-form yard that does well with LTO winners. Other than the sex of the horse, you've pretty much got that there in front of you and to be honest, I'd be happy to draw stumps on today's piece and say that's why I'm backing this one.

If I did want to seek further reassurance, my next step would be to see if the horse would be suited to today's conditions and an opening glance at her record shows a fairly uninspiring 4 from 34 (11.8% SR), but she does come here seeking a hat-trick in Scotland since adopting blinkers and a closer look at those 34 runs gives me more confidence as they include under today's conditions...

  • 4/11 at odds of 4/1 and shorter
  • 3/13 at 6-14 dslr
  • 3/11 in fields of 9-10 runners
  • 2/14 on the Flat
  • 2/12 in handicaps
  • 2/12  at class 6
  • 2/11 on soft ground
  • 2/11 going right handed
  • 2/10 under jockey James Sullivan
  • 2/3 in August
  • and 2/2 in blinkers

Trainer Dianne Sayer's excellent 2yr record with LTO winners above does also include her NH runners of course, so with today's contest in mind, I'm just going to add in that they include 6 winners from 11 (54.6% SR) for 21.35pts (+194.1% ROI) profit in Flat handicaps at odds ranging from 6/4 to 15/2 and although 11 races is a small sample size, they do include many similarities to today's situation, such as...

  • 6/9 (66.6%) for 23.35pts (+259.5%) within four weeks of their last run
  • 4/6 (66.6%) for 13.14pts (+219.1%) in races worth less than £4,000
  • 4/5 (80%) for 14.75pts (+295%) in fields of 9-10 runners
  • 4/5 (80%) for 14.14pts (+282.8%) at class 6
  • 3/4 (75%) for 12.34pts (+308.5%) in Scotland
  • 3/4 (75%) for 11.52pts (+288%) in blinkers
  • 2/3 (66.6%) for 9.72pts (+324%) with 6 yr olds
  • 2/3 (66.6%) for 3.92pts (+130.7%) in August
  • and 2/2 (100%) for 11.65pts (+582.3%) on soft ground...

...giving us... a 1pt win bet on Millie The Minx @ 4/1 BOG (or bigger in places) as was available at 8.05am Wednesday, but as always please check your own BOG status (*some firms are not BOG until later in the morning)To see a small sample of odds offered on this race...

...click here for the betting on the 4.05 Musselburgh

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P.S. all P/L returns quoted in the stats above are to Betfair SP, as I NEVER bet to ISP and neither should you. I always use BOG bookies for SotD, wherever possible, but I use BFSP for the stats as it is the nearest approximation I can give, so I actually expect to beat the returns I use to support my picks. If that's unclear, please ask!