BADENSCOTH won the lucky last at Wolverhampton tonight for owner Peter Skinner (pictured with the trainer) to give the stable a very welcome winner.
The five-year-old son of Foxwedge was stepping up in trip to one mile, one and a half furlongs and he clearly relished the new trip as he ran out a ready winner by two and three-quarter lengths under Franny Norton.
Badenscoth was held up for most of the race but he made headway a furlong out, was shaken up and despite edging left inside the final furlong, he soon went clear to record a comfortable victory, his third in just nineteen career starts.
He didn’t make his racecourse debut until three but soon made up for lost time when winning on his handicap debut at Kempton in April 2017. Another win followed three months later at Chelmsford but despite some placed efforts, he hasn’t shown his true colours until last time out at Kempton when he was fourth under Franny Norton, who was riding him for the first time.
Fortunately, the horse showed that to be no flash in the pan for his Canadian-based owner, Peter J Skinner who can be especially pleased as he not only owns the horse but bred him as well, so doubly well done to Peter!
The horses have not been running badly but equally they could have been running better and after a flying start in January, when the yard had three winners in the first five days of the New Year, the winners dried up. Harper Lodge Farm’s last winner was Sir Prize on 23rd January, so it was great to be back in the Winner’s Enclosure!
Badenscoth was winning today off a mark of 67, six pounds below his last winning mark. The handicapper is sure to put him up…but hopefully by not too much!