Self evidently things went well at Chelmsford yesterday evening, Misu Pete just finding the lack of a recent run against him in the last half furlong after leading over one out and Black Truffle getting the deserved reward for his consistency over the Summer and Autumn, gamely going on throughout the last furlong to get up close home under a really fine ride from Nicola Currie; whose emerging talent continues to attract attention and whose continued improvement in the saddle over the last year has been striking. If you go here you can see a video of Black Truffle’s really genuine performance.
This evening we take Marshall Aid back to Wolverhampton for their twelve furlong Handicap. The reality is that it is difficult to know how much of a chance he has; on the one hand he is now terribly well in having been effective off marks just beneath 70 for us, his best performances have probably come at Wolverhampton under Keiran O’Neill and refitting the visor should help him; on the other he has not run great since his return from his mid summer break although both of those runs have been over sixteen furlongs and he has sometimes given the impression that he might be more effective over less than that, at least on the flat. So it is not quite so easy to know the real probability of success, although both the horse and his Owner deserve it.
One final thing; regular readers of our Blog might recall that one of the Blog’s real fancies at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival last March (aside from the enigmatic, at least as regards jumping a fence, Minella Rocco) was the Joseph O’Brien trained and J P McManus owned Edwulf in the four mile NH Chase. After being hunted round he was brought to win the race at the second last before effectively collapsing between the last two primarily due to an oxygen debt; if you go here you can see something of the post race outcome. The brilliant news is that Edwulf, who remains a high, high class prospect, has made a full recovery and is on course to run at Leopardstown during their Christmas Fesitval; the full story is here A happy, happy event and a great read.