Not helped by the wide draw and caught wide for the first third of yesterday evening's race we shall look to Arlecchino's Leap to come on for what he achieved on his second run back off a break of almost a year; almost certainly over a little further than yesterday's seven furlongs.
This afternoon we take Born to Please back to Huntingdon for their twenty furlong Mare's Handicap Hurdle for our Racing Club; the ground should be ideal for her but she will have to overcome what could be thought of as a harsh mark on what she has actually achieved over hurdles, the Handicapper taking a literal vu of whatshe achieved when a running on second at Newbury in the middle of January, a race that might have given her an artificial mark given the way the race panned out with the winner sauntering a long way clear; she also goes up in trip four furlongs and until we try her over an extended trip you can never really be sure of how effective she will be; but she is in good form as we begin to run into the Spring (something that can often help a filly) and she goes to Huntingdon to run well.
Shufoog returns to the track at Lingfield tomorrow.
Just a quick update before we head off to Huntingdon. Born seems to be in great form at home; she’s as fit as she’s ever been. Today will be a bit of an ask for her but with only 10 runners it’s worth a go. She is going an extra half a mile today and because a few of the top horses came out she is carrying 11st 11lb! On the plus side the ground should be in her favour. They had rain yesterday but it hasn’t made too much of an impact; it will hopefully be genuine good to soft. It’s unchartered territory so we shouldn’t expect too much. We just want her to get round and finish well.