It seems Windsor was a race too far for Misu Pete this evening but it was worth a try. The race didn’t go perfectly but I just think Pete is telling us he needs a break. We will turn him out for a couple of weeks in a paddock which will do him the world of good. We don’t want him out in the depths of winter; when the light really goes we will bring him back in. He’s done us proud so far, running 16 races; winning 2 and being places 7 times. Due to his constancy, he is currently the top earning horse in the yard this year. It’s a remarkable achievement considering he probably would have been retired 2 years ago if we hadn’t formed the Club. Something we can all feel good about. There are a few closing the prizemoney gap now but you know he loves being out there in front! I’d like to give him the chance of taking that crown for 2018 and he has a very favourable all-weather mark so hopefully he can capitalise on that in December.
It’s time for Black Truffle to take the weight off Pete’s shoulders. He was very consistent last winter and through the spring; but he hasn’t actually got his head in front for a while. Hopefully that will change soon. He has a really good chance at Chelmsford on Wednesday night. The race is at 8pm; it’s over 6 furlongs and Ellie MacKenzie will ride him. The best news is he is drawn 3 of 10. It all looks good for him; his last win was over course and distance and Ellie has finished 2nd on him before so she knows him. Let’s hope he shows some of his old enthusiasm.
We are still really trying to make Newbury happen on Friday. Bird for Life seems well though she hasn’t been eating quite as well as she usually does and she only ran last week. Then we have to think if we can turn her attitude around. There is certainly plenty to consider. One positive is the ground should be perfect; just the soft side of good. That has been the main issue with her previous turf runs. I’d say we are still likely to go.
Just to note that we didn’t enter Born To Please for Newbury on Saturday. It will be a tough race and the ground won’t be soft enough for her. We will save her for another day.