Sunday, 12 April 2015

Riding to Redcar

The great thing about horse racing is that it can take you any where in the world. In most countries, civilized and otherwise, there is bound to be a racetrack and, if you have an interest in this great game, you are sure to be kept occupied for a day.
Today racing has taken me out of Redcar! With two runners here tomorrow, it made sense to make the five-hour journey the day before to get the horses to the track in the best possible condition. It reminds me of my honeymoon after marrying John - we took two horses up to Newcastle only for the meeting to be abandoned due to fog! He still hasn't made up for it...
Anyway, back to the runners. Making the journey up north are Dakota City and Veeraya. It looks a winnable maiden for Dakota and he has improved on his debut for us when he needed the run for fitness ad experience. We still don't know much about him and the firmish ground is an unknown but hopefully he can get his season into top gear now.
Veeraya has come right down in the weights and will eventually find his level again but I'm not sure if this is it. The blinkers and drop in trip should be in his favour so he might just earn some diesel money.
Veeraya (Mark), Tight Lipped (Ross) & Harry Bosch (Adam)

A bit closer to home on the same day is Harry Bosch at Windsor. His owners bought him specifically to run at the course and with three placings from three runs there, it looks a good move. He is going well at home and is on a decent handicap mark now but I think he should come on for the run as he is quite a big horse and carries a fair bit of condition.
The horsebox will have barely cooled down before it is off out again on Tuesday when Tight Lipped heads to Southwell. He bounced right back to form last time when second at Chelmsford and hopefully the blinkers he had on that day will work again. Everyone keeps telling me to run at the track as he has good past form there so we shall see if they're right.

Guising (Adam) & Bethan (Ryan)

We get a quick breather before racing again on Thursday at Chelmsford.
Guising ran an absolute stinker on debut for us at Doncaster but it was pretty clear that he wasn't trying too hard and a pair of blinkers will now be tried. He has been in good form since the run so hopefully the combination of the head gear and a step up in trip will see him in a better light.
Inauguration will be accompanying him there and she is another who has a bit to prove. Her last run was a lot better and a drop to six furlongs shouldn't trouble her so maybe she can land some money.
Honeymoon Express (Shelley) & Inauguration (Adam)

Honeymoon Express has been progressing nicely and is on course for her comeback at Doncaster in a couple of weeks. She had a great three-year old season but really struggled last year and it may have been that the handicapper had her in his grips. She is still quite high in the weights but should find things a bit easier when getting her favoured firm ground.

Automotive (Ross), Handheld (Shelley) & The Ducking Stool (Mark)

Duke Of Diamonds (Megan)
Bavarica's second foal has been progressing very nicely and is already a real character despite only being six weeks old! He is very independent and was keen to show his mum just how fast he was this week in an impromptu gallop around the field. Watch out Royal Ascot 2017!
Bavarica and foal

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