A distinctly ordinary sort of day for the yard yesterday at Carlisle, with three nice horses making their seasonal reappearances I went with plenty of expectation and was therefore disappointed that they all finished tamely and failed to make the frame. Clan Chief simply ran out of petrol first time out in a strongly run race on holding ground at a stiff track, Frankie’s Promise was taking a serious step up in class and was conceding weight all round, I just don’t think he was sharp enough for it, Gold Opera ran well enough and looked like being 3rd until fading into 5th in the last 100 yards.
Plenty to scratch my head about on the long journey home, I think very hard about which races to run our horses in and yesterday I doubled up the agony by concluding that I had run them all in the wrong races – all three ran well Ayr last season and were entered there on Monday, why on earth go to Carlisle, answer is I misread the weather. Hmm. The main thing is they all seem absolutely fine this morning which means I have had worse days, much worse, so hopefully they will be back out in a couple of weeks and will put these runs behind them.
Down to Aintree this weekend where on Sunday at 3.55 Rossini’s Dancer will attempt to defend his crown in the race he won there last season, he has been placed in a couple of runs over hurdles this autumn and seems fit and well, he goes into this 1lb lower than a year ago, Kit rides and 10 run.