SLOW To Hand secured a first career win when taking a seven-furlong handicap at Yarmouth on Thursday evening.
Running in William’s own colours, Slow To Hand was having his first start in a handicap off a lowly mark of 55 and William was able to find him the ideal opportunity. He was held up towards the rear by Jamie Spencer before making progress with two furlongs to run. Jamie timed his run to perfection and collared Tallulah’s Quest close to the line to win going away by a length and a quarter.
William said: “Slow To Hand has been a slow learner and as a result starts off in handicaps off a low mark. It wasn’t a strong race but he has been given a good ride by Jamie and can hopefully go forward from here.”
Today, Mrs Gallagher returns to action in the Listed St Hugh’s Stakes at Newbury. The daughter of Oasis Dream, owned by Ms E Banks, has won two of her three starts to date with her only defeat coming when drawn on the wrong side in the Queen Mary.
William is pleased with her progress and is looking forward to running her today. He said: “ Mrs Gallagher seems in good form and her work has been solid. This has been a target for a while and we would love to get ‘black type’ with her. She is a speedy filly who should run well today. Silvestre de Sousa knows her well and takes the ride.”
This evening, Cold Snap lines up in the six-furlong handicap at 5:50. The son of Medicean, owned by P Dalby and R Schuster was second in a similar contest over course and distance in June and aa repeat of that effort would see him go close again today.
William added: “I am happy with Cold Snap. He is in good form and ran well at the track in June. It is a competitive race but he should go well. James Doyle rides.”