Over all I was very happy with Misu Pete yesterday. The weather went completely against us; it was a beautiful day to go racing but it dried the ground up considerably by the last race. It was annoying, the track can’t have been very honest about the ground in the days leading up to the meeting because they changed the going three times in the 24 hours leading up to the race. It was quite a good race and they went a fast gallop all the way; Pete travelled very well but he didn’t fully let himself down in the last three furlongs. I was impressed with Georgie Dobie; she did everything right. If there are any more opportunities to give her we will. Pete can have a couple of easy weeks now. Hopefully we can find a race for him on the turf at the end of the month.
The rest of the days racing was fantastic. Godolphin’s Auxerre bossed the Lincoln field and never looked in any trouble. He will probably end up a very nice horse in group races through the year. One to watch out for. The Brocklesby was less of a sceptical. It’s the first 2-year-old race of the year on the turf and I always think it comes too early. People seem to want runners in it just for the sake of having a runner in it. Half of the field didn’t look ready for it; some still hadn’t come in their coats. When the ground is a quick as it was yesterday I think it borderline irresponsible to run them. One poor filly broke down right in front of the stands which put a downer on the day and it’s not a great advert for British racing. I accept some 2-year-olds do come together early but generally trainers push them too early to get there.
Black Truffle is in on Thursday 4th April at Southwell. Not the most glamorous of places to go but it’s not a great race so it’s worth a go. He’s in very good health at home.