Bird ran another cracker last night. She really is entertaining to watch; she keeps us in suspense until the very end! She broke a lot better than last time to get a fair position. Things didn’t really go her way as nothing in front of her went forward. All the action seemed to be around the outside, which isn’t usually the case on the all-weather. She got shuffled back a lot further than we would have wanted. When she found some space in the straight and Ryan asked her to go she took a bit of time to respond as always but when she picked up she flew! She seems to like to tease us by getting to the front ten strides past the line! She’s a bit frustrating but she is trying in her own way and she will win her races. We’ll just have to keep trying.
Bird and jockeys are like fire and ice! She likes a bit of an argument with them before she does what she’s told but Ryan perseveres and gets a great tune out of her. I’m keen for him to ride her again. We talked about stepping her up in trip; he is happy to try it but he thinks because of her wilfulness she might run the same sort of race. He just feels we should keep running her because she’s tough enough to take it.
There are two obvious races coming up for her. On the 23rd March there is another mile and a half around Kempton or on the 24th March there is a mile and three quarter race around Wolverhampton. Kempton is the more attractive choice but it’s a higher grade than last night. That doesn’t bother me too much but she will carry a lower weight; if it was lower than Ryan can do I wouldn’t be that keen to change jockeys again. The Wolverhampton race is a lower grade but it’s a big change; that might not be a good thing.
Misu Pete will run on Saturday at Chelmsford. The race is at 5:45 and it’s a mile apprentice race. Apprentices with less winners claim more so we are using Pierre-Louise Jamin. He is a promising rider based at Archie Watson’s. He will certainly be a name to look out for this summer. He will claim 5lb off Pete which will be a big help. I would be very confident barring the fact he is drawn 12 of 12! We get the worst draws at Chelmsford! If you had a suspicious mind you would think there was a conspiracy against us! It will be very hard to overcome the draw but he came down 4lb in the handicap for the Southwell run. The handicapper only dropped his all-weather mark which seems to suggest that Pete is better on the grass. I’m not sure that’s the case; I think he has run very well on the all-weather so the 4lb is a bit of a gift. It might be enough for him to still run well, despite the draw.
The last thing is Black Truffle is in at Chelmsford on Monday. I can tell you more about that over the weekend.