Venture Capital Wins Again
At this time of year there are very few runners as many of the team are away on their winter holidays. Only a handful of horses are still in training with the yearlings arriving in the yard to begin their journey. Venture Capital had a quiet season but is quickly making up for lost time and provided a second win in impressive fashion at Newcastle, taking the 7f Bet MGM Take Time Out During SGWeek23! EBF Restricted Novice Stakes.
Winning last time out, Venture Capital not only gained a first win but was eligible for a handicap mark. Receiving a fair 77 did offer more options moving forward but with no handicaps coming up to suit, he would be aimed for the novice event once more. Unfortunately this would mean carrying a penalty, which was a hefty 6lb. He did look the one to beat in the 11 strong field but weight can be a difficult thing to give away, despite it being earned.
Shane Gray was riding once again and kept things as simple as possible. With experience and possible the most ability, on known form, Venture Capital was quickly into stride and to the fore. Drawn towards the stands side, Shane pressed the action as the field tracked over to race in behind. With one rival wanting to go on, Venture Capital took a lead into the contest, chasing a brisk gallop.
The race went perfectly according to the plan. By halfway the race really became a three way contest as the leading trio were the only ones still travelling. With the market leaders at the fore, it would be a good challenge in the latter stages but Venture Capital travelled into the race with ease.
Taking his time, Shane was oozing confidence throughout the contest and barely had to move to take the lead. As Venture Capital loomed up, hard on the bridle, his inexperienced just edged away from and surrendered the lead. Not willing to disappoint his mount, Shane asked the question of Venture Capital to go and put the race to bed. The final 1 1/2f was a lap of honour really as there was no danger of Venture Capital giving the race away. Like last time he galloped all the way through the line and put a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths to the second placed rival.
This was a very impressive display from Venture Capital and he could have easily won by further. He travelled with ease throughout and proved too good for his rivals. Improvement has come with each run and there looks to be much more to come from Venture Capital. No decisions have been made yet for his next run but whatever happens he is a nice prospect to look forward to.