A quiet day ahead on the racing front with both UK meetings abandoned and it could well be a quiet week.
Saturday ended up being a bit of a disaster on many a front…
Really Super… well if you knew nothing about the horse you’d just say she didn’t handle the ground etc. Sadly that wasn’t the main excuse. Although it wasn’t ideal she handled it ok. The run confirmed that all her issues are in the head. In effect she pulled herself up and she couldn’t work out if she wanted to run or not as they headed out down the back. She has walked in ears pricked and full of energy. Jack wasn’t happy with her efforts, or lack of. So, we have our work cut out with that one. She has plenty of ability to win races if we ever find the key. She will get a rest now for a couple of months as she has been on the go for a while. When she returns I think we will be trying the various factors that I would put in the ‘doing something different’ category – step up in trip / headgear / drop in class… there is a chance she just isn’t very good and doesn’t want to be a racehorse. I suspect one day we may try riding her cold, stone last, in a big field, and trying to creep into it. She may prefer to come through horses. Depending on how that goes i’d be tempted to throw some blinkers on and send her to the front. I’m sure we’ll find the key at some point. Frustrating. But that’s horse racing for you. And she came back safe and sound, which is the main thing.
Elsewhere there wasn’t too much to cheer… Beat That clearly has a handicap hurdle or three in him. I thought he received an ‘interesting’ ride there and think he could have won that race. Given his profile I can fully understand why they wanted to be patient on him. They no doubt wanted to get him enjoying his racing again. He travelled and jumped well I thought and was never really put into the race. One to watch.
My free tips have hit the skids a bit. I hovered around 99-106 points for a couple of weeks, and now am down to +84.5 or so. I don’t feel ‘in form’, clearly, nor really out of it. Plenty have run with credit including yesterday. Blacklion – there are always things you can improve on in this game and ‘ante post’ betting is one of them, certainly when a clear bet like this appears. Post his second at Wetherby I wrote on here about him being aimed at the Becher and what a good chance he would have. He was 15/2, 8/1 at that time. Clearly that was the time to back/tip him, given he was going to run unless he got injured. I couldn’t back him at his odds on the day but he won as I thought he might, which probably makes taking him on with 3 points another dubious decision. It was quite an afternoon for his owners. ‘Big Nige’ and team Blacklion were out in force in the owner/trainers lounge and they screamed the house down when Ben Bens won at Sandown. Well done them. Nice people to boot, having had a quick chat with them.
Back at some point.