We take Q20 Boy and Bird to Love up to Thirsk this evening, Bird to Love being in the last race, the nine o'clock, it will be a long and late drive back for the staff and for the horses.
Q20 Boy is a well handicapped horse on his turf form of the Summer of 2018 when he was competitive and placed three times off marks of 62 and 63; he runs off 55 this evening and the rationale for making the journey revolves around the Thirsk race being restricted to horses rated 55 and below; we were really pleased with his first run for almost a year, at Wolverhampton on the 12th and he we hope that he goes to Yorkshire with a serious chance of being involved.
Bird to Love accompanies Q20 Boy and her chance is harder to weigh up; her overall form having a quiet progression that is contradicted by a slight inconsistency; this is at least in part a consequence of the way she struggles little with her seasons and this was the reason we pulled her out at Kempton last week. She will need to run to just about her very best (which was when she won decisively off 52 with Isobel at Chelmsford in February) to win this evening but she goes to Yorkshire to run well.
If you follow the link below you can see Jonathan Harding's article that appeared in the Post over the weekend entitled:
a subject dear to our heart!! and it is worth a read if you have the time.
And this link suggest that the BHA may be about to trial a meeting imminently whereby Owners may be able to attend the course when their horse is running; this is, even if it is limited to begin with, witness:
"Owners will be quarantined in particular areas of a course, away from other people at the track and unable to enter the parade ring"
is step in the right direction all round; and one more step towards something approaching normality.