A dramatic morning on the schooling grounds with Henry Brook taking a nasty fall, he has gone to hospital to be checked out but is up and walking. Not want you want to see. The horse is fine.
Yesterday didn’t go to plan at either York or Uttoxeter, Lady Heidi didn’t fire as hoped although Phil feels she will be much better on her next appearance. Taxi des Obeaux ran a good race to be 4th at Uttoxeter but he was looking a very likely winner for Kyle until he made a dreadful mistake about four out which lost him lots of ground. Kyle was lucky to keep the partnership intact and Taxi did well to stay on his feet. This was a creditable effort in the circumstances.
Today Dr Irv makes his second appearance of the season at York and he is fully expected to be better for his debut but the ground is on the soft side and he really prefers it quicker. Its a warm-ish day and the ground will dry out a bit more before he runs but we would be hopeful rather than confident in this class of event. It looks extremely competitive. Graham Lee has been booked.
Tomorrow is potentially exciting with three runners at Aintree: Celtic Agent, Lowcarr Motion and Rumble of Thunder, pictured left. We are double handed in the bumper and Celtic Agent is favourite despite his penalty. Lowcarr Motion (Barry Keniry riding) is a half brother to Agglestone Rock by Rainbow High, he is a four year old and gets an allowance. Adam rides the favourite and he won on him at Southwell.
Rumble is second favourite for the 2m4f handicap hurdle and he has been running good races all winter, a win and 3x 2nd. He is sure to give another good account on a track he has won at in the past. Both races have decent prize money on offer and Aintree has been a lucky track for us in the past.
Perennial schooled well on Tuesday – he holds an entry at Market Rasen on Sunday but the race looks nasty, Phil hasn’t decided if he makes his hurdling debut then or not. Pass Muster is also entered, he has been a cracking horse for us these last 6 months and won well on the flat in a valuable handicap last time. he remains potentially well treated over hurdles if it all falls right for him.
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