Black Truffle ran, apart from just one run at Brighton in August when the ground went against him, his first modest race since the middle of last Summer at Chelmsford yesterday evening; in work for almost a year an easy spell will be the order of the day for him.
This evening Marshall Aid returns to Chelmsford where he won and was second in the space of a week last month; things will be a bit tougher this afternoon in that this evening’s race is really two grades up and he runs off nine pounds higher than when he won; the positives are that he is reunited with Nicola Currie, that he remains in excellent nick and he self evidently whizzs smoothly round Chelmsford; he should run well although he is taking on three useful horses rated above 70 at the top of the Handicap.
Our ex Irish three year old gelding by Dandy Man, Q Twenty Boy, and Misu Pete go to Wolverhampton tomorrow afternoon, Misu Pete going up in trip beyond a mile for effectively only the second time.
One last thing; the revised prizemoney structure that was introduced by the BHA from the beginning of last month has now been fully implemented and is making a progressive and positive influence on the wider economics of the Industry. Yesterday at Huntingdon the first race was a Class Five 16 furlong 0-100 All Aged Novice Handicap Hurdle, a race that might be a fair way from Cheltenham or Ascot; the winner received £3.9k and the sixth and seventh £350 each, a significantly real improvement over recent historical levels and something that is of real and meaningful benefit, particularly to Owners!!