The positive to take from yesterday was the much improved race that Black Truffle ran on his second start back, going nicely on all the way up the Kempton straight; he will improve again and he showed yesterday evening that he retains his ability; he should be effective and competitive over the Summer in similar grade six and seven furlong Handicaps that he has been so consistent in over the last five years.
It is slightly harder to be as positive about Marshall Aid and Honourable Knight; given the amount of racing he has had over the Winter and how consistent he has been Marshall Aid might need a break before going jumping in the Autumn; Honourable Knight did show some improvement on his second start back and only his fourth run for two and a half years and we will look to him to strip fitter again in June; neither horse were particularly helped by the wide draws that involuntarily placed them out the back early.
A busy Bank Holdiay weekend beckons with runners at Goodwood and Bath tomorrow, very likely at Ffos Las on Saturday where Bay Fortuna will probably look to build on his decent reappearance at Huntingdon together with Leith Bridge and Royal Sentiment at Salisbury; runners at Chelmsford, almost certainly, and Windsor beckon Monday.
This evening we do take Misu Pete back to Chelmsford; he is not the most consistent horse in Lambourn and he has developed something of a knack of getting into the wrong place in a race at the wrong time, particularly on occasions when everything else is going for him but he will be well ridden this evening by Oisin Murphy; and he remains a stone lower than when he had one wedge of supremely ‘bad luck’ here 13 months ago; if it drops right for him in terms of the way the race is run he should have a top hole chance this evening but the relevant bit is that it does need to drop right for him. The photo at the top of the Blog might remind him of how good it felt when he won at Kempton!!