Mezmaar (now at a double figure age when he should know better!!) took a dreadful hold in the visor for the first four and half furlongs at Kempton; with the adverse consequence in the last furlong and a half; but he showed enough that, at this level and off this mark, he is no back number if only he can run in a race that plays to his strengths and runs sensibly himself; he will likely bowl along next time!!
We take two of our grand servants of our Racing Club, Misu Pete and Black Truffle, to Chelmsford this evening; they have run in 154 races between them, winning 15 and being placed 46 times, a win & place %age of better than 39% so it would be true to say that they have earned their keep.
Misu Pete runs in the seven furlong Handicap off a two month break; and he has been given a chance by the OH with an AW mark of 56, having been placed at Dunstall Park on his penultimate start off a pound higher; and he was competitive on turf off ten pounds higher in the Summer; and this is without considering any of Ellie's Claim; he should run well this evening and double figure prices seem generous; witness him winning a very similar race at Chelsmford the Summer before last, admitedly off five pounds lower. He has quietly, quietly progressed on turf surfaces since the Summer of 2017 rising from 54 to a mark of 66 and if he can replicate this on the artificial surfaces he could have an excellent second half of the Winter.
Black Truffle is the senior partner of the 154 race double act; the key with him, particularly with an average draw in nine over six furlongs, is that he gets a strong, almost relentless pace to run into; if he gets this and doesn't run into traffic as he begins to improve he has a competitive chance of being involved.
Our busy end to the week has not quite materialised and we were collectively disappointed that Cala Sveva just missed the ballot at Wolverhampton on Friday evening; she worked nicely under Lee yesterday morning and she is a filly who is beginning to mature and strengthen and might be a horse to keep on the right side of off a low, low mark as we go forward thru the Winter.