Bird To Love goes in the 4:35 at Chelmsford on Friday night and as Isobel is riding Arlecchino’s Leap in the race, Ellie MacKenzie will ride her. She knows the filly well enough and her 7lb claim will be very handy, particularly because she is carrying near top weight. The race is only over a mile which might be too sharp but the mile start is just off the back straight and she is drawn 6 which is spot on for us. If she misses the break she can stay wide and try to make ground up down the back straight. The idea is to be as positive as possible.
Born To Please is still on course for Uttoxeter on Saturday. We still aren’t clear if James can ride her as he is jockeyed up at Warwick too. If he can’t we might consider claiming 7lb off her back, though we don’t know too much about the current 7lb claiming conditional jockeys. We’ll worry about it on Friday!
We are going to enter Misu Pete at Kempton next Wednesday night, 12th February. I think the race is at 8:15, so it must nearly be the last race of an evening meeting. It’s only over 7 furlongs but that should be fine at Kempton and he’s very well.