Sunday, 27 July 2014

Three is the magic number

Three runners at Yarmouth last Thursday produced three third place finishes making it 23 times that has happened this season, already more than last year. It's a bit frustrating to go so close but shows that the horses are holding their form and it's certainly better than finishing last!

Completing the three-number theme we have a trio of runners this week, starting with two back at Yarmouth on Tuesday.
Honeymoon Express was one of those who finished third last week and she has come out of that race in good order so she'll make a quick reappearance. Sprinters tend to have less hard races than long-distance horses so she should be able to handle a quick run and her last start was a bounce back to form after disappointing the time before. She loves firm ground so hopefully any rain will stay away.
Another who has been rattling the till this season is No Such Number. He was second last time behind a runaway winner and it showed that he seems to enjoy hold-up tactics over a longer trip so we'll try them again and hope that he doesn't meet another horse who is thrown in the handicap because he certainly deserves to win again.
No Such Number (Reno)
The final runner of the week doesn't come until Sunday when Automotive heads to Newbury, seeking his third course win. He didn't shine last week at Sandown but seems to save his best for amateur races so hopefully a return to that class will see a better result. He got a slight cut on his leg after his last run but I'm confident that will heal in time for him to take his chance.

We only bought a filly called Don't from Luca Cumani a few weeks ago but she was very fit already and showed us that she's ready for some more work recently so we galloped her on Saturday. It was only an easy piece of work but she was going with no slouch in Handheld and seemed to do it easy enough. The early signs are promising.
Handheld (Danny) & Don't (Shelley)
Brighton hosts its biggest meeting of the year in a couple of weeks and it'll be good to have a runner in the most valuable race of the festival as Luhaif goes for the Brighton Mile on August 6th. He seems to be a lot happier now we turn him out in the afternoons and he showed his well-being with a gutsy win at Yarmouth. I think the track will really suit him and it'll be fantastic to win the big race at my hometown track.
Tolly McGuinness is one I'm looking forward to running now he's handicapped. He has been galloping really well and I'm pretty sure he'll be earning some prize money when next seen.
Tolly McGuinness (Ryan) & Luhaif (Ross)
Handheld (Danny) & Silver Alliance (Ross)
No winners recently but plenty of point scoring runners have meant a few gains in the standings. Leading with the way with 17 points is Len Cousens. Close behind on 16 are Jim Stevens, Bill Aspland and Harry Hurst. There are plenty more on 15 points so it really is tight at the top!

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