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11 October

Posted on October 11, 2017

My love/hate relationship with SHADY GLEN continues. He’s improved so much over fences in the last 15 months – more than 30lbs – that we just had to try him back over hurdles off his lower handicap mark to see whether he might translate his chase form to the smaller obstacles. I confess I was not hopeful – aside from one second at Taunton in April 2015, his hurdles form had always been pretty poor – and my pessimism was duly rewarded ! He’s just got no interest in jumping hurdles, and when the leaders quickened, he certainly wasn’t going to try to go with them. He finished 4th – well beaten – but finished with his ears pricked. He won’t be going back over hurdles again !