Trainer Brian Hamilton is based locally to Downpatrick racecourse; to be precise his exceptional Ballynoe amenities are merely five miles away from that track.
Local trainers are always respected at Downpatrick racecourse –continuously they get the winning results or in some cases the big each-way returns that are worth following next time out.
Hamilton had three declarations on Sunday’s card at his local track; all of them ran well above betting expectations – Castle Canny (2nd)) at 100/1, Autumn Berry (3rd) at 66/1 and Duty Calls (4th) at 33/1. His team are undoubtedly working their way back into form.
It has been 93 days since his last winner nevertheless to his credit he has only had nine entries in that space of time, so uttering he has been out of form would be incorrect.
Castle Canny was feasibly the most notable runner of his trio on Sunday; that daughter of Court cave stepped up dramatically on her modest debut run at this undulating venue on 15th June. On her initial outing Castle Canny was sub-standard; finishing a distant 9th place – she was always at the rear of the field and was tailed off prior to the race even getting competitive.
She came into the race yesterday as a rank outsider, her 100/1 betting odds summarized her chances of getting involved yet she surprised everyone running a blinder to finish a close second, closing in on the subsequent winner right to the line. She looked rather one paced entering the home straight with two left to jump, I wouldn’t have fancied her chances of getting into the money though; something clicked with her and she ran on with such purpose to suggest; stepping up in trip would guarantee her a next time out winner for Hamilton.
Speaking of the shock result Hamilton stated: “Her debut run was appalling, and I wasn’t to confident coming into the race based on what she shown beforehand however she ran a very pleasing race yesterday and we will take her back to Downpatrick for a similar race over 2m 5f ; sure, you never know what to expect but you’d take plenty of positives from that anyway”.