Well, I suppose we were due one at some stage, all our bumper horses had been behaving far too well recently (sometimes to my surprise!) but yesterday Marlee Massie after behaving perfectly throughout all the preliminaries completely boiled over when he went out onto the racecourse.
The best part of 10,000 cheering racing fans, loud music and a funfair were all too much for him and for a few moments he thought he was a rodeo horse, Lucy came off, he cantered round for a circuit and by the time we eventually caught him and reunited him with Lucy the race was 15 minutes late off, it isn’t great being the trainer in these circumstances as you do feel rather responsible and everyone is watching the shenanigans via the big screen – just have to keep smiling amidst the booing and cheering! It does however emphasise the value of racecourse gallops in completing a horse’s education, there can be few racing jurisdictions where this is so difficult to achieve and in many it is a pre-requisite, on the other hand I can see why racecourses find them tricky and at the end of the day episodes like yesterday’s don’t happen too often and can happen occasionally with experienced horses, but anything that can be done to help us try to avoid this scenario should be seriously considered.
Cooler today and looks like the weather will break this week, we need some rain now so no bad thing, quiet on the racing front, only entry being The Paddy Premium at Hexham on Saturday.