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3 December 2011

Posted on December 8, 2011

A change of plans this morning. The early morning inspection and reportedly heavy ground at Chepstow meant heading west rather than north to Wetherby as planned, to check that the ground was safe enough to run YOUNG JIM and KILCREA ASLA. A scoot round the track before racing left me happy enough – it was a bit dead, but (particularly on the fresh ground that they had made available by moving the rail) basically soft, safe jumping ground.

That was pretty much where the happiness ended for a while ! YOUNG JIM gave poor Tom no chance whatsoever in the Novice hurdle. Lit up like a Christmas tree at the start, he pulled his way to the front with over a circuit to go and kept pulling and pulling until, as was inevitably going to happen after that, he ran out of steam. Fair play to Tom for getting him round at all – many would have given up and pulled up. KILCREA ASLA was a much better run. Off for almost 700 days, he blew up turning for home but then stayed on well in the straight to finish mid-division. Although that means he remains a long-standing maiden over hurdles, it should get him spot on for a return to chasing later in the year.

Lastly, QUIZWORK. I am so sad that things are just not working out for him at the moment. He looked like the switch to fences was just the tonic he needed on the first circuit, bowling along and taking lengths out of his rivals in the air. Then on the second circuit he simply stopped to nothing, and his jumping went to pot. Its back to the drawing board with him, but I do fear that we are rather running out of options. For a horse that had such a fantastic novice hurdle season 2 years ago he has been a massive disappointment

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