For those of you that didn’t know last Wednesday (4th April) was my Birthday. Honestly, the last day I thought everything would fall right! There were two events happening in the evening that would determine if I was to have a good Birthday or a bad one. Bird For Life running at Kempton and Liverpool playing Manchester City in the Champions League. The way my luck usually goes I wasn’t hopeful for the double but it did in fact turnout to be a very good Birthday indeed!
After the frustration and upset of Birds previous race there was a bit for pressure building but she put all to rest. Not before putting us though hell first and of course she had to produce another photo finish! She took up her customary position; stone last! It looked like she might have given herself too much to do again but Ryan was very cool on her this time. He knows her well enough to know she’s just playing with us! She went through the gears and won a touch comfortably; even though it was only by a head. She made the paper this time too; it just goes to show all news is good news. Without the mistakes the week before, we wouldn’t have got nice article in the Racing Post. Anyway she has come out the race very well. Once I would have described her as fragile; made of glass as we sometime say. Now she’s more like tempered steel. With this in mind we will keep finding races for her. The weather doesn’t look like it is drying up this week so we might have to put our grass racing plans on hold just a bit longer. There is another race at Kempton on the 18th April. It’s a furlong short of a mile and a half but the way she picks up in the straight I don’t think it will be too sharp for her. If it does dry up we will look for a grass option too.
Misu Pete and Black Truffle are running at Wolverhampton tomorrow. Black Truffle is in the 5:15. The race is over 7 furlongs, he’s drawn 6 and Nicola Currie rides. He is quite well fancied but I do feel 7 furlongs stretches him these days. I think it best if Nicola can just hold on to him a little. He’ll burn out with his very forward running style. If he settles in behind the leaders or further back he should finish the race better. Obviously he will need some luck in running.
Misu Pete is in the 7:15. The race is just short of 10 furlongs, he’s drawn 7 and Pierre-Louis Jamin rides him again. He’s never run over this far and it might well be too far but we just wanted to try something different with him. Try and sweeten him up. He been very forward going recently and it hasn’t always worked. I’d like Pierre to try and hold him up and settle him. It won’t be easy off the draw as he risks getting stuck wide; we really don’t want that. If he can travel more relaxed he might show us something he’s been missing.