Stormy today, a cold Easterly wind with heavy, squally showers, definitely autumn now. A reassuring winner at Kelso yesterday; Landecker shouldering a big weight to win a shade cosily after a brilliantly patient ride from Lucy.
Similar stalking tactics then deployed on Jet Master but the stronger pace in this higher grade put his jumping under too much pressure and he took a heavy fall at the last, it was by no means his first mistake and he will have to brush up his jumping to fulfil his potential at this level; he does stay well though so a step up in trip could be a possible solution. Lucy hit the ground hard and has a suspected broken collar bone, I am sure she will be back soon but the frustration at having to sit on the sidelines will be outweighing any physical pain.
Rather than dwell on that let’s hail a great champion – Treve – the comeback of all comebacks yesterday to become the first horse to win back to back Prix de L’Arc de Triomphes since the mighty Alleged, wonderful stuff and a huge credit to her trainer. After the Prix Vermeille everyone (including me) thought that was the last we should see of the brilliant filly but she knew what she was dealing with and thank goodness Sheikh Johann and his advisors understood that the trainer Criquette, more than anyone, would not want to risk the horse unless she thought she would do herself justice – I cannot overstate my admiration for the trainer’s quiet conviction, I doubt it was easy.