Heading East

Good morning all,

Change of plan for me today. I was going to head North to Doncaster but after having had another look at the cards this morning, I think there’s probably more to learn from Huntingdon’s card, particularly with two bumpers and a good Listed race on the card.

I’m scrabbling around trying to find the cold weather gear at the moment, as the temperatures are set to fall quite markedly over the next few days. I’m hoping it doesn’t affect the weekend’s racing but there’s going to be some inspections over the next few days, you feel.

For today, there’s three races from Doncaster covered on the main piece.

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Rasen Reviewed

Good morning all,

Yesterday was proof positive that having a share in a racehorse isn’t all fun and games, as Coole Charmer took an awful fall three from home in his race, and for a while, we feared the worst. He wasn’t moving at all, and then the screens went up around him, but I’m pleased to say that after a few minutes he got up, having badly winded himself.

The feeling of relief from all of us was palpable. He looked very tired as he walked back past us, but the main thing is he’s okay this morning.

He was in the process of running a better race too, although he clearly hated going right-handed, and lost a lot of ground off the last bend as he hung badly out to his left. It’ll be back left-handed for him next time, and the odea of going back over hurdles to give him some confidence back has been mentioned too.

Anyway, there were a couple of interesting races at Rasen yesterday (not including the incident-packed Hunter Chase, if you’ve not seen that then I’d advise you to have a look!) which I’ve reviewed, along with today’s selection at the end. Continue Reading

Charmer Goes Again

Good morning all,

I’ll shortly be off to Market Rasen to see my share of Coole Charmer try and redeem himself after blotting his copybook last time out at Lingfield. It was one of those occasions where you wished animals could talk, as there was nothing physically wrong with him, he just didn’t seem to fancy it at all.

In truth the game was up pretty quickly – the plan was to pop him out and track the leaders but he walked out of the starting gate and soon found himself playing catch-up. And although he tried to get himself back in touch, he never looked happy and all in all, it was a very disappointing effort.

My views on today, plus other bits and pieces, on the main piece.

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Victor’s Monday Musings

Scottish Trials Weekend: A Poor Guide to Cheltenham

This weekend’s horse racing may not have had the pathos of last one or the indeed the quality but there was some good action at Sandown and at Musselburgh who were hosting their two day Scottish Trials meeting. It’s the first time the meeting has been held over two days and you can hardly say the quality of the meeting has improved for it although the first running of the Edinburgh National over 4m 1f so a good field entered. Some have marketed the fixture as a good guide for Cheltenham next month but its more hype over substance. If the past is any guide I doubt any of the runners in the “Trials” races will go onto win a race at the Festival. Those thoughts are also borne out by the stats. In the past five years those horses having run at this meeting and gone on to run there next race at the festival are:

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