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28 November

Posted on November 28, 2011

A busy weekend, and a successful one, with everything that went out running a pretty decent race.
Unluckiest of the weekend must be LANEGUY. Having putting in a first class round of jumping at the head of affairs at Bangor, he was collared in the dying strides to be beaten a neck into second. There was nothing that Tom could have done – he gave the horse a lovely ride. Someone suggested afterwards that LANEGUY didn’t quite get the trip. They were right – he stays 2m 1 f 105 yards, but not 2m 1f 110 yards ! The third horse was well back, so we’ll just have to hope that the handicapper doesn’t punish him too harshly for his second.
From an afternoon at Bangor to an evening at Wolverhampton – something to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. LITTLE PERISHER was stepping up in trip to 7f, but we thought he’d enjoy the extra furlong. He ran a decent enough race, only beaten 2 lengths in the end, and he certainly did stay the trip. However Michael Stainton said afterwards that he’d felt a bit flat, and I wonder whether, with the amount of racing he’s had despite his young age, he needs a bit more than 7 days between his races these days to get his spark back. Still, he’s been knocking on the door in each of his two starts for us, and I’d hope that he gets his head in front before too long.
Finally, Leicester yesterday for Verde Goodwood in the 2m mares race. After looking like she was going to be tailed off after a mile, she responded well up the home straight to finish like a train and snatch third. I think that a combination of a slightly longer trip, and the confidence that will come with that run after her poor showing at Worcester on the previous occasion, should give her a real chance next time out.

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