Little Aub didn’t seem to find the return to six furlongs all that to his liking at Lingfield yesterday and as a consequence did not really improve on his second start; the plus side is that he is now eligible for handicaps and he should not be overburdened going forward on the basis of what he achieved yesterday.
This evening we take Marshall Aid and Black Truffle back to Chelmsford; Marshall Aid is now positively thrown in on his form of last Spring and Summer, particularly so if you take into account Nicola’s Claim, but he has not been in the same nick in his three runs since returning from a five month break in mid November. God Willing he will bounce back off a very favourable mark this evening over what might be his ideal trip.
Our grand person Black Truffle, who has won eight times for SH and for Rowdown over the last five and a half years, has gone up four pounds for his spiffing success at Chelmsford just before the Holidays; Nicola is committed to the Phil McEntee horse this evening so, without the claim (we have asked Richard Hughes very professional and experienced Jockey, Shane Kelly, to ride him) we are actually carrying 11lbs more in the saddle than when successful twenty days ago. Although approaching the veteran stage he showed that he is still competitive off this mark several times over the Summer, as the early morning tissue might show, and we are taking him back to Chelmsford to run well particularly if he gets a strong pace to run into.