I missed being at Chester this week, there is always an atmosphere like no other racecourse. I had a memorable experience there last year. I was dumped on the way to post on a horse of Tom Dascombe’s called Roudee, he was the outside of the field. I was wearing the Channel 4 head camera! (They edited out my swearing) I managed to get back on board and I just sent him, I was so cross.
The aggressive tactics worked because he won! The owners were from that neck of the woods so, for them, it was like winning the Derby, they are such a fun bunch. I will never forget it. I was chuffed to see Tom Dascombe and his team have so much success this year. I bet they all have sore heads today.
I think the media made a mountain out of a mole hill with the US Army Ranger/Port Douglas finish. I think the enquiry was just to keep the peace. Under normal circumstances they wouldn’t have held one. Port Douglas challenged, ducked left under two smacks so Shamus put his whip down to which the horse responded well to and, ran on for it. Not all horses respond well to the whip.
I was on At The Races yesterday I spotted a couple at Lingfield worth following….
1. Tetradrachhm – he has blossomed from two to three and loved the extra four furlongs. He’s bred to stay even further so if he does with that cruising speed he’ll go places.
2. Kindly – Simon Crisford doesn’t put the gun to their heads first time out. Kindly ran a solid race to finish 3rd, Simon’s horses learn a lot on their debut and the patience usually shows benefits next time out.
3. Red Trooper – George Baker’s newcomer caught the eye when finishing third to more experienced runners. The track was riding slow with few coming from behind. Red Trooper was an exception….