If complaining that your horses are out of form gets you 2 winners out of your next 4 runners, then I apologise in advance if I start doing it more often. It’s amazing how quickly fortunes can turn, and following hot on the heels of Idle Curiosity’s win at Ffos Las on Tuesday, Sonnetation broke her maiden tag at Bath on Thursday, with a really game effort under a very good ride from Cathy Gannon. I was delighted for the aptly named ‘In Recovery Partners’, who have been such good supporters of ours.
In between runners, Perfect Pastime had run well at Lingfield, where the plan had been to ride him handy, but he half reared as the stalls opened so ended up out the back. In the circumstances he did really well to finish 4th and hopefully his turn will come before too long.
Of course, just when we started thinking the game was easy again, along came Marcus Antonius to throw in an absolute howler at our local track. He ran a really moody race, and having been on the go a fair while I shall be giving him a couple of weeks turned out to try to freshen him up again. Unfortunately, getting a local winner is just proving elusive at the moment, which is rather frustrating.
I feel sorry for Andrew Cooper who has consistently produced decent ground at Epsom this summer, only to be rewarded with the usual small fields. To my mind, it is the best ground I have raced on all summer – quick but with no jar – and it always amazes me that many people tend to avoid Epsom with their horses. Yesterdays card was a case in point – only 35 runners over 6 races and around £48’000 in prize money to be won. Of course, it should mean easier pickings for us locals, but I haven’t been able to take advantage so far this year!
We’ll have a quiet few days on the runners front, with nothing lined up before next thursday, where we will hopefully be running Ree’s Rascal in the apprentice race at Glorious Goodwood. Nathan Alison, who has already won on him twice from four rides, will once again be in the saddle. He’s been a smashing horse for us, but whether he’ll be well enough handicapped to be able to pick up a competitive race at Glorious Goodwood is another matter. His progressive profile has seen his mark rise from 51 in September 2010 to 85 now, in that time racking up 6 wins and 8 places from 23 runs. Not only that, but he’s a gorgeous looking grey with a cracking personality – he really is the complete package. A yard full of horses like him would be just what the doctor ordered.