Racing Roundup

Some solid runs over the past few days, not least from the novice chaser Speak Of The Devil who was second over three miles three furlongs, showing all the attributes of a young staying chaser. At seventeen hands Devil is still maturing but has shown a super attitude, and while he needs to sharpen his jumping, he is finishing his races off well and cannot be far from his first win.

We have had a few good comeback runs, including Rising Marienbard who ran a blinder at Newcastle to just get tired after the last hurdle. He can build on this, as can Shanroe Street, who at Ayr led until outpaced in the home straight. A step up in trip beckons for him. 

Emissaire ran better than his finishing place suggests, although he took time to regain his confidence over the hurdles. The race will have helped his confidence and with time he should be back in the winners' enclosure. We made an error running Calle Malva over the three mile trip, a distance that will suit her next season but she is not yet strong enough for it at the moment. 

And then the two horror falls; Le Frank at Newcastle came up far too far out and despite a gargantuan effort crashed to the ground giving himself many bruises. He was luckily only a little stiff on his return home and will have plenty of our tlc to let him recover.

Saint Freule was running a brave race from the front until breasting the first in the home straight at speed. The fall fired Blair into the ground and both horse and rider are lucky to have walked away. Blair was taken to hospital for scans and returned home that night with a diagnosis of concussion, while Saint has a cracked pedal bone which should heal fine in time, but will need a cast and good nursing. 



Comments (1)

  • John McSharry

    I cannot find any words too add to what you said regarding the two horror falls.

    I remember seeing Rising Marienbard at Carlisle (5 April 2017). It was the first ride back for Derek Fox following that most untimely injury. Three days later, Derek enjoyed the best day of his professional career, so far, aboard the 14/1 chance One For Arthur in the 2017 Randox Health Grand National. Approximately six months ago, I made a very rare visit to Preston City Centre in Lancashire. Though I was born and bred in Preston, Lancashire, brought up by good parents in Preston Lancashire, went to school in Preston Lancashire, secured my first job in Preston Lancashire, met and married my wife Sue in Preston Lancashire and still live in Preston Lancashire, all that is eclipsed by the deep sense of shame I feel towards living and working in Preston, Lancashire. Entering Preston City Centre via the 89 bus from Lea and getting off at the Railway Station, I see boarded up shops, beggars, some genuine, some not, outside boarded up shops or whatever shops are still open, I see people, fellow Prestonians, some not, stressed out, you can tell by their faces, because they are stuck on trashy zero hour contracts, trashy short term contracts and trashy self employment terms for doing nothing more than cleaning jobs!!!! Then, we have the abomination of Universal Credit. I will draw a line there because if I expressed any detailed view on that, I would probably end up crashing your website due to the outrage. Approximately six months ago, on this very rare visit to Preston City Centre, I fancied a cup of tea, so I visited a takeaway café that I'd not frequented since before the 2017 Randox Health Grand National. I had no sooner said, "Cup of tea please", the café owner replied, "You can have it on the house". "Why"? , I politely responded. The Café owner exclaimed, "I remember tipped One For Arthur to win the Grand National and I backed it and so did every other customer that comes into this café because I told them to back it". I am far too modest to take any credit for it. The credit goes to all you fine people at Arlary, without whom that horse would still be running round Aintree now. At a push, he would be just about at the Melling Road, heading towards the first!!!

    I regret to inform you, that since that visit, the café in question has closed, so I will not repeating the feat of Two For Arthur (hopefully) anytime soon. I had intended to pay a return visit, with the thought in mind of getting another free cup of tea in 2022. It would have been a double celebration. I would have held up that cup of tea to toast Arthur and celebrate 100 years of the BBC, the greatest broadcaster in the world at the same time. Now isn't that a coincidence! Bring on the kick into the long grass.

    In conclusion, could you on my behalf, ask JP McManus, if I could borrow one of those bulldozers he used to steer, so I can go down to the Palace of Westminster and bulldoze the House of Commons, along with the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Stormont and every local council going. I watched Politics Live on the BBC the other day. Quite honestly, the BBC, should be ashamed of themselves for spending good licence fee money on this horse (no disrespect to horses) manure (well, sort of) The level of political debate from the Conservative Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, SNP, DUP, Plaid Cymru, SDLP, Alliance and Green Party was so dire, I venture to suggest that One For Arthur could do a better job of running the country. I shall leave it at that, other than to say, Go Get em Lucindayr (remembering Prosecco). Saving the best for last (you bet I do). PS: Good luck with Rising Marianbard, if he takes up his engagement in the "chase" event at Wethayrby on January 23 2020. Between you and me, I think he could win.(Ever the romantic, you bet I am) Now, at this late hour, it is time for a "Sherry". I wonder who actually said that of little old me. Bet it was Donald Trump! Deserves to be impeached if he did!

    Jan 23, 2020 @ 4:08am

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