Yesterday saw a sterling performance from Transient Bay at Uttoxeter – recording his 5th career win in the most tenacious fashion, leading all the way and fighting back to stick his huge neck in front once briefly headed near the post. It was a top ride from Adam Nicol who was determined to switch this horse on after his lacklustre performance at Ayr and he travelled so much better at the head of affairs going a steady pace in the extreme conditions. Phil & I got pretty excited down by the rails shouting one of our favourite horses home,’ GO ON Stenna!!’ and his thirteen Owners attending enjoyed a memorable day. For most of the racing world it was a day about Altior and the’big guns’ at Newbury but all our eyes were on the big lad at Uttoxeter – and he didn’t let us down.
Win number 5 was certainly one of Stenna’s bravest and also very likely a career high performance but hopefully the handicapper will go steady with him as he only usually gets conditions in his favour once or twice a year and he is very much limited in the tracks he can run at – take him to Musselburgh, Market Rasen, Catterick or Sedgefield and he would not even be at the races! He needs a big galloping track, handles loose heavy ground better than most and has an excellent willing attitude to winning. Stenna will be having a steady couple of days off now with a pick of grass and plenty of carrots.
Our only other runner yesterday was Kilcullen Flem. He was having his first run since a setback after his winning Hexham debut for us. Looking a picture in the paddock, he jumped well but looked a bit tired on this desperate ground on the second circuit and Adam called it a day with him when no longer in contention. He was also fine after the race and we look forward to seeing him back out in the next 3 weeks.
Its a shame we couldn’t have written about Nautical Nitwit winning this week as well as he did everything he could to win at Doncaster but just got pipped in the shadow of the post. It was a great run from one of our favourite little horses and it’s absolutely crucial for him that he is not put up too much by the handicapper as he has been in his grip for such a while – we hope he is reading this!! Well done on an excellent run to The Birrafun Partnership.
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