‘Character building’ is the phrase that applies to our weekend. It started with the race going totally against Grapevine in the first at Newmarket where they crawled, and he was too far back and too keen to do himself justice. He wasn’t given a hard race, and we’ll have a look for a race for him on a turning track where he seems to settle better.
Jamie reported Cotai Glory jumped so fast from the stalls he didn’t have time to get his front legs out and subsequently ended up on his nose. It was game over from then, but the race will have got some of the freshness out of him and we’ll look for another race before his main aim which is the Kings Stand at Ascot.
If A Momemtofmadness had got away a bit faster he would have had a good shout of winning at Goodwood. Nevertheless we were pleased with his second. We may look at The Dash at Epsom for him, however he has never run particularly well in big fields so that could be a concern.
Another who’s race didn’t really go according to plan was Moorside. She was meant to be up there on the pace but something jumped across her at the start meaning she got shuffled back and had to make up a lot of ground down the hill. She will come on for the race and we will step her up in trip next time.
Alnashama ran a decent race on his seasonal debut, finishing behind two race fit rivals. Hopefully he won’t go up for that and we can have some fun with him this summer.
Yet another hard luck story was Gunmetal at Newmarket on Sunday. He got completely stuck behind a wall of horses at the wrong time and could never get going. Like Grapevine he didn’t have a hard race and there will be another day for him.
We were delighted with Red Roman who took his racecourse debut in his stride, behaving like an old handicapper rather than an unraced two year old. After struggling with the dip he ran on really well up the hill. He’ll relish a flat track and another furlong.
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