It is odd to leave the racecourse feeling flat after your runners have performed well, but this evening it was a quiet trip home.
The main issue was the second race, the novice handicap chase where Miss Joeking ran a super race to be a close second, but the race was voided after it was deemed unsafe for the horses to run up the finishing chute. The decision was correctly made by the racecourse clerk of the course, Harriet Graham, as the screens behind which Go Johnny Go was being attended to were a hazard on the chute to the line. Unfortunately, there was confusion to the deployment of stop flags and the first three jockeys were not aware of the stop flag being waved in time to pull up. Sean Quinlan, Derek and Stephen have received ten day bans for continuing after the flag.
The story will run, and we will comment on it more tomorrow, but suffice to say that it was a great effort and return to form for Miss Joeking who will have more opportunities in the future. We were so sorry for Go Johnny Go, after meeting him in many races at Perth, mostly with Maraweh in staying hurdles, and admiring his tenacity.
On to the others; Hey Listen coped with the faster pace of the two mile hurdle and stayed on nicely to be third; this was a solid first run for him after a break. Urban Kode found the softer ground too much but he tried hard to be fourth, while in the same race Momkinzain showed that he was not impressed with the going nor actually the idea of racing, and while he may have one more chance he is probably nearing the start of a new career. Kody is pictured battling on in the middle of the group
Finally, Boys On Tour ran a solid race to be fourth, he is another who would prefer good ground but he showed ability and will be able to build on this run.