Monday was a day of near misses for the Club. We sent Black Truffle with half a chance and Misu Pete was going into new territory so we would have definitely taken 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Truffle was a bit of a victim of his draw. He raced a little wide and couldn’t get the cover he really needed. In fairness Nicola held him together very well as he looked keen. He was still full of running in the straight and got his head in front but he got collared by one on his inside again. It happens a lot to Truffle but he will win again. A good draw and the rail will help his chances over 5,6 or 7 furlongs. I do think that 6 is just about his best trip. His next outing will probably be on the 2nd May.
I think Misu Pete surprised everyone. No one thought he really stayed a mile but he loved 10 furlongs! A lot of credit has to go to Pierre who rode him. We didn’t know what to expect but we wanted him to settle and relax. Pete broke very well and it was clear he wouldn’t be able to get in behind the leaders. Pierre made a bold decision to let Pete go forward; it wasn’t forced, Pete took him there. When they got to the front, Pete relaxed beautifully. Pierre judged the pace very well and kicked clear in the straight. I thought he might hold on but he got collared late on too. It was a valiant performance. I’m not sure it was the trip as much getting things go his way. He was very comfortable and he wasn’t hassled. We might go back to a mile next time.
We will have a quite week or two now. I think Bird for Life might be our next runner on the 18th April, back at Kempton. The way she is going it is something to look forward to.