I’ll start with an apology for the 2 week gap between blogs, I have no excuse other than being very busy, which is never a bad thing in this game!
The first thing to mention is obviously Sire De Grugy’s clear cut win in the Tingle Creek giving Gary his first Grade 1 winner and Jamie his second. It’s been said again and again but no one works harder than the Moore’s and if hours of tireless graft could buy Grade Ones, Gary would be champion trainer. No question. It will be interesting to see where he goes next, a couple of Irish engagements could be on the horizon as big 2 mile races are scarce away from Cheltenham.
As for the action this weekend there were two performances that really made me take notice. King’s Palace absolutely demolished a decent field in the Albert Bartlett trial at Cheltenham on Saturday. He showed a great, focused attitude to make all the running, he was foot perfect all the way round and will surely make up into a serious contender for the real thing in March.
At a lower key setting was Red Sherlock’s romp in a Southwell maiden hurdle on Sunday. The half brother to Swing Bowler came into this unbeaten in 3 very good bumpers and there was never a moment of doubt that he would continue his winning sequence. He had to be clever at a few of his hurdles and he proved more than up to the task, shortening or coming up at the right times, all the while travelling very, very easily before drawing away from the field. He’ll surely take on some better horses next time where we’ll really get to see him lay down his Cheltenham credentials but for now he is very definitely one to follow.
My rides since my last blog have been running ok, Just Beware, who had been looking like being out of love with racing, ran a decent race to finish 7th after a troubled run. I’m riding her again on Monday at Plumpton carrying 4 pounds less and again you’d like to think she could run a good race at her favourite track. Zhukov again needed his second run back from a 15 month layoff and may now need further than 2 mile 4 as he gets older. Galiotto continues to drop down the weights, he’s a very tricky ride and he also runs at Plumpton on Monday, hopefully the change of code will sweeten him up a bit.