…in racing. A week ago I was feeling rather pleased, 3 winners in the previous 7 days and the horses running well, yesterday 3 x PU – not what the doctor ordered. Our visit to Uttoxeter last season was particularly fruitful and having identified 3 good races for our horses I had high expectations for yesterday believing each runner had a solid each way chance even if the betting market failed to share my optimism.
Gold Opera looked tremendous and was full of aggression and fire before the race but as soon as the tapes went up he was lacklustre, failed to travel and jump and was pulled up down the back straight, the only time he has run worse than that was the only other time we travelled him overnight – perhaps that was it but he will be thoroughly checked over this week. Little Glenshee also looked well with plenty of zest about her, she travelled and jumped boldly for a circuit but then just started being a little careful, minding herself a bit and when the others passed her didn’t pick up at all – she’s given plenty in a productive career and maybe that’s it, both her and Gold Opera returned to the stables full of beans.
Benny’s Secret moved nicely into the race but the lights went out quickly at the beginning of the home straight, almost like a non stayer but I don’t believe that so he can’t be quite right. So three different reasons for poor performance, always wary of a pattern emerging but I said last week that three swallows don’t make a summer so won’t be overreacting to three bloopers yesterday, disappointing though and poor reward for the effort put in by Amy and Kelly to travel the horses to Haydock and Uttoxeter and turn them out looking so smart. Hard frost this morning, white everywhere and 40 horses on the sheet today for exercise so onwards & upwards, entries this week at Musselburgh on Thursday, Newcastle on Saturday and Carlisle on Sunday – a few pics from first lot this morning, brr.