There’s no way of sugar coating it, we had a pretty disappointing night at Chelmsford. Firstly I’ll start with Black Truffle because he has his excuses. He missed the break quite badly and had a horrible trip round. He got a lot of kick back and no way forward. He was the last to get a chance to make a move and the race had got away from him. To be fair he did pass a few horses so it’s not like he gave up. Chelmsford it a pretty unforgiving place at the back of the field though I think if Ellie found herself in that position again she should probable go straight for the rail, go the shortest way around and slip up the inner as they usually come off it in the straight. They wouldn’t have won but at least he’d have got going earlier. He is back in an apprentice race at Lingfield next Wednesday 16th January; it’s over 7 furlongs which might suit better and it doesn’t look like it will be a full field. If he looks ok we will probably run him again.
Misu Pete was a bit more of a mystery. He looked amazing in the paddock and we thought he would run a big race. He raced a bit wide but it wasn’t too bad. He didn’t get a clear run in the straight but he was a fair way back by then anyway. I spoke to a few of the senior jockeys and they said the track is riding a bit quicker than it did in the summer when he ran well there. He looked a bit flat out so maybe we need to go a further. We won’t rush him back to the track; we want to save him for the turf really. Maybe we will wait until February now.
We entered Born To Please for Newbury next Wednesday 16th January. I was sceptical but we might be in luck. If enough horses declare the race will divide, which means she will get in and it might only be a 10 runner field. It should be a bit easier on her than the last race. We will plan to go; the cut on her leg has closed up nicely but we will get a vet to give us the all clear in the next day or two.