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30 October

Posted on October 30, 2011

I’ve thought it best not to post for a few days since Chepstow, as I thought whatever I said would simply prolong the debate over TRADITIONAL BOB’s race. Given that Jodie and I are appealing, I’m still not going to say anything over and above what has been in the press already, other than to thank everyone who has telephoned, texted, emailed and visited us at the yard to give us their support. What you have said has made a difficult week bearable (just !).

Far, far happier things have been going on over the last 24 hours though, with HARRY HUNT winning by the shortest of noses at Wetherby on Charlie Hall day yesterday, on his first attempt over 2m 4f. Anyone that saw the race knows that the plaudits must go to Mick Finn, who had him absolutely spot on for the race, and Tom Molloy, who gave him a fantastic waiting ride at the back of the field before cruising into contention with 1/2 mile to run before chasing down WOLF MOON to get his nose in front in the very last stride of the race. I confess that I thought he hadn’t quite got up, and it was only when I saw the photograph on the big screen and heard the commentator call the result that I actually realised he’d won it. He really is a little superstar, never doing more than what he absolutely has to in order to get his head in front, but still with a real determination to run his best.

The third and fourth were a fair way back, so we’ll have to see what the handicapper does to him this week before deciding what to do next, but to have such a progressive 4 year old as him in the yard, who can win first time out off 123, is something that makes me very excited indeed.

Kempton tomorrow with PORTA VOGIE. I think he should enjoy himself – a small field, good ground and a flat track will play to his strengths. We’ve taken a pull with HURRICANE ELECTRIC though – the ground has still got some good to firm in it on the south coast, so we’ll just hang on a bit longer with him.

Last word – spare some sympathy for Tom Molloy this week. Two fantastic rides to win on 2 difficult horses for us in the last 10 days to kick start his season, and he now starts a 7 day whip ban.