With the snow and the frost causing plenty of fixtures to be abandoned, it has been a quite week with just three runners but they’ve all been placed.
Midnight Centurion was 2nd again on his second career start, and this was out 29th second of the season! He is our first homebred out of a bumper winner by Midnight Legend. He looks a strong stayer, and was just done for speed around Ludlow last week, but interestingly enough the time of the race was by some way the fastest time on comparisons per furlong vs standard so the form might be half decent. It’s not often the bumper will be fastest race on the card.
I was delighted to see Legends Ryde back on the right path when 3rd at Ludlow. She had some good form to her name last season, including when 2nd in a Listed race at Cheltenham, but she had suffered atrial fibrillation when pulled up at Carlisle in November. We’ve tweaked her diet, and her training regime, so it was a relief to see her run well and that her heart was in rhythm afterwards. Hopefully she can build on that run and get back to winning ways this spring. She’ll be a lovely novice chaser or next season.
Our only other runner recently has been Anythingforlove who was a very creditable 4th in the Grade 2 Rossington Main over 2 miles at Haydock on Saturday. She has won two novice hurdles this season over 2 miles, but found this trip a bit sharp for her when upped in class. We went in the search of some black type, but just missed out on 3rd. We’ll look to go up in trip now, and this sister to Gold Cup winner, Sizing John should get back to winning ways before long.
We’ll hope to have a few runners over the weekend, and I look forward to seeing Up For Parol make his racecourse debut. He won an Irish point, and is a well related sort who promises to have a bright future.
Meanwhile, I thought you might like to see some more head cam footage of a couple schooling around the famous ‘Bowl’ gallop here in Lambourn: