After the excitement of Blausee’s win at Wolves, Team Mcbride took Molly Mai for another trip North to Newcastle, whilst there was a welcome return after a long absence for Zak Mayo, who had a trip next door from the stables to the Rowley Mile course. Both returned home without ever troubling the field.
It was fantastic to see Zak Mayo back on track after a tendon injury received in May 2018, so there was no surprise that he fell well short on testing ground in a CL4 12F handicap at HQ. In a race that was won by 25/1 shot Point in Time (surviving a stewards enquiry with Arabic Culture in the process), Zak held his own for over a mile before coming under pressure and tailing off at the finish. He will likely need a couple more runs before we see him back to something like his best.
Molly Mai, (or maybe her owners), seems to enjoy a trip up North and after trips to Musselburgh and Beverley, it was the turn of Newcastle where she featured in a CL6 mile handicap.
Team McBride have enjoyed success here with Camachess and Simba Samba winning this season, but Molly Mai was unable to add to it when beaten into 7th place albeit just 4 1/2L from winner Swansdown who got up to beat Gottardo by a length with Newmarket Warrior a nose 3rd.
Molly Mai has talent but choosing her best distance is a conundrum. She has a similar profile to Onefootinparadise who although winning a weak 7F at Wolves, wasn’t quick enough to run over 5/6F and just fell short when upped in trip. Frustrating for connections but lovers of racing all the same.