All three horses ran decently on Saturday; Spice Fair ran a heroic race, really, in the Imperial Cup on drying ground that was beginning to go against him and over a trip shorter than what he really needs nowadays; to be beaten only five lengths in one of the most prestigious and competitive handicaps of the Season. He will now have a well earned rest over the Spring and early Summer with James and Jackie at Miller Place.
Pension Madness appreciated the better ground and pleasingly put a couple of modest runs behind him in finishing fifth to some 120 plus rated people in a good quality and competitive Hurdle; as he had shown previously at Exeter and, particularly, at Newbury, he is well capable of winning a hurdle race or two in the right grade on a decently sound surface.
Makhfar ran well in Chelmsford’s Apprentice Race; things didn’t go quite as well at the start as they could have and he could well have been closer still with a clean break; this is something he has done before with Kevin Morgan and we will work on this; he should be decently competitive in similar handicaps going forward.
No runners this week; but Cheltenham starts tomorrow . . . . . . .