Bird For Life ran a decent race at Kempton to finish 2nd. She has shown a few times now that she can travel closer to the pace but it has its costs. She has a great turn of foot usually but being ridden more aggressively takes the sting out of her. She drifted a long way across the track because she got tired. She didn’t quite see out the trip but it might be interesting to see if she can be positive back over a mile and a half.
We have a busy week coming up. We start tomorrow with Misu Pete in the 5:15 at Wolverhampton. He likes the mile around there though he’s drawn 11 of 13 which will makes things difficult. Amateur races are notorious for fast early pace but Pete is very quick out and travels well so he might as well attempt to go forward. If he does get a good position, he will be hard to catch.
We have Black Truffle in on Wednesday at Kempton in the 5:50. It’s true he hasn’t been himself recently and retirement isn’t far way. We shouldn’t see this as a sad thing as he deserves a happy retirement. But he only won in January and in his defence, he hasn’t been in particularly suitable races. He generally likes to be positive over a stiff 6 furlongs or dropped in over an easy 7 furlongs. As some of you will know racing has taken some austere measures this spring as a result of bookmakers losing income from the FOBT’s (or fruit machines). Prize money has been cut and races have stopped dividing at the sort of tracks Truffle runs at. It’s made it impossible to get him in the sort of races he can run well in. However this race at Kempton is a bit more promising and it looks as if he should get a run. It could well be his curtain call so I hope some of you can come and see him.
Miracle Of Medinah is the next horse in at Sandown on Friday 5th July. It’s a handicap over 5 furlongs! With the cuts in prize money he is going to be an important horse for us to keep funding the Club. He ran such a good race at Newbury last time out, it would be nice to keep the momentum going but he’s never won a handicap. The conditions’ races like the one at Salisbury are very few and far between, and we’ve tried stepping him up in trip so many times. One thing we haven’t tried is bringing him back in trip. He showed such a turn of foot at Newbury I think it’s worth a try. If it doesn’t work out it’s not the end of the world. Later in the summer I’m sure there will be some good 6 furlongs races for him.