Freedom and Wheat ran well, witness the video here; significantly coming up against one in the ex Rosewell House trained Limerick winner Rock Sound, who is clearly a fair way ahead of the UK Handicapper; Southwell could be the place for F&W.
Things went less well for our old friend Four Mile Bridge, who should have known better than to be so keen early; which in turn led to him being stuck out wide; which in turn led to what might have been a slightly disappointing result given his mark, Thomas' Claim and how well he had run without too much luck in his last two outings.
Bird for Life struggled a bit to cope with an amalgam of the shorter trip, the rise in class and the 68 rating; we will look to go back up in trip with her as we go through the Winter.
Skyllachy has picked up a little low grade Ringworm and will miss Wolverhampton this evening; only transient and he should be back ready to go in two weeks or so.
Thursday sees our involvement in the British Horse Society eight furlong Charity Race at Newbury, kindly and generously sponsored by Redactive plc, who have been valued Owners in SH and in Rowdown for the last 15 years and who are also responsible for producing the spiffing BHS Monthly Magazine; one of Redactive's Executives, Sophie Conway, has been riding out at Rowdown for the last two months to get ready to race ride for the first time and she is, I know, very pleased to be able to ride Misu Pete in the race (who, by the by, could be a highly effective conveyance in this type of event).
Issy Budge, who comes from a family who has had a long association and considerable success in the Racing Industry, rides out for us regularly and she will ride one of the Birds, either Love or Life.
And Louise McKevitt, who is the daughter of the NH Jockey Vince McKevitt who rode regularly in Lambourn, mostly for Nick Gaselee in the late 1970s and early 1980s, (can you remember The Catchpool winning a good Novice Chase at Sandown under Vince early in 1986?) will likely ride Arlecchino's Leap. We would love to see you at Newbury on Thursday if you had the time and we wish all three girls the very best in the race; which will be a real experience and is in aid of a real cause in equine welfare.