I was very pleased for both Bird For Life and Black Truffle yesterday; both finishing 3rd. Bird went into the race looking great; our concerns where the soft ground and to a lesser extent the downhill track. As it turned out though she loved the ground, she really galloped through it. It was the track that caught her out a bit. On the uphill part she lost a couple of places and she couldn’t get going properly until the track flattened out, by which time she had a lot to make up. She did make a fair bit back and was still going strong at the line. Jason was very positive about her; he thought she was very genuine. He just thought a different track and maybe a bit further will bring the best out of her. We’ve learned a lot about Bird this year and we now have some pretty clear guild lines for running her. She doesn’t want to run too often; she wants a minimum of a mile and a half and a bit of give in the ground. Of course there is always Kempton for her too. We will look for races at the end of June. If the turf is too firm then there is a two mile race at Kempton on the 27th June that she can go for.
Truffle has a couple of weeks off the track which is unusual for him but it freshened him up nicely. We did actually train him quite hard up to this race so he was probably a bit leaner than he can be. He was only beaten half a length. There was talk of a bit of trouble in running and the odd bump but knowing Truffle that can only of encouraged him on. I don’t think there was much hard luck about it. No doubt he will go up another pound for not winning which is a bit frustrating but that is the type of horse he is. He’s come out the race very well so we will look for another race for him in the next week or two.
On to today; parts of the South got monsoon style rain yesterday. I think Lambourn was about the hardest hit but Goodwood must have got some too because the going has been changed to soft. This is great news for Born To Please; she should love it. Goodwood is not the easiest track to navigate so keeping out of trouble is high on the list of Ellie’s priorities today. Other than that I’d like to see the filly settled in the pack. You would think most of them will get racing early so timing her run will be very important. We will keep our fingers crossed for Ellie; she has had a couple of 2nd places for us but she’s still looking for her first winner for us.