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22 November

Posted on November 22, 2011

Apologies for a couple of days without posting – technical problems with the website ! Still, gives me the opportunity to relive the last few days …

No racing on Friday, although Paddy Brennan came in to school a few with Jodie, Tom, Killian & Ollie. Laura Day’s horses are all on the verge of a run, and fingers crossed Paddy will be able to ride them. Rather irritatingly though Zanir has just a touch of heat in a foot, and that is going to set him back a couple of days.

Saturday saw us at Haydock with Harry Hunt and a step up in class for him to a £35,000 race. I’ve said before that he’s the sort of horse that you just don’t know how good he is, or how far he can go, as he doesn’t do much at home, and can race a little lazily, meaning that you are never quite sure how much more he has to give. Unfortunately, although he ran a decent race to finish mid-division, Tom reported that he ran a little flat, and certainly I don’t think he quite ran as well as he can. That said, things were probably cursed from the start as he was Alastair Down’s Racing Post pick that morning ! The plan will be to give him a little break, freshen him up, and then look for a similar race in the New Year.

From ‘up north’ to ‘down south’ on Sunday, with CONSTANT CUPID and HURRICANE ELECTRIC at Exeter. CONSTANT CUPID was only there because the course was saying it had genuine soft ground (and even a few heavy patches at decs), but when we walked the course it was the same story as we’ve been seeing over the last few weeks – good to soft at best. It was safe enough, but he just won’t run as he can on anything other than really soft ground, and as a result he ran a disappointing race. More encouraging was HURRICANE ELECTRIC’s run. He’s another that likes cut in the ground, and we’ve been waiting for the ground to build on his seasonal debut at Ffos Las last month. Even he though found things a bit too sharp, staying on into third place but not having the pace to match the winner and the second on the ground.

Finally, we were very pleased to welcome Mark Pitman Karen Bourdon to the yard this morning. They have a cracking pre-training yard, and run the Jenny & Mark Pitman Racing Club, and it was lovely to show offf what we have here to them.