It was a day of diminishing margins at Bangor today; Chanceiton running one of his best hurdle races to be second by a head, and Royal Reserve returning to form, thundering down the run in to be third by half a length.
Chanceiton had gone up in the ratings over hurdles after his chase runs and I had argued that it was too much only to have him dropped a pound. How I wish I had managed to get two pounds off as he gamely tried to quicken to challenge but was just denied on the line. He has been a super horse for my Father and I am pleased that we avoided the soft going at Perth on Thursday.
The same can be said for Royal Reserve; he would have hated soft at Perth but back on good ground and following some excellent care by the team here to freshen him up, in particular, Cameron who rides him at home, Royal returned to his form, travelling well and running on strongly in the finish to pass most of the field but he was still to pass the winner at the line. Still, his third place prizemoney will go to Doddie Weir's MND charity and he was a healthy each way price.
At Perth we had a better runs from Gripper who was fourth and Touchedbyanangel who galloped all the way home, and though both are high in the handicap they are going the right way.
Following torrential rain neither Boys On Tour, nor Miss Batten handled the soft ground and were pulled up. Boys' hind shoe had slipped into his sole and he was quite lame on return to the stables, but with the aid of the farrier, ice and strapping he is sound today.