He had a canter up the hill on Friday when he had a good blow and opened his lungs in a short burst of speed.
He came back kicking and bucking and thinking he was the bee’s knees. He is looking absolutely fantastic, he’s scoped clean, he’s weighing in at the right weight, he’s fit and strong and whatever happens this weekend, I’ll be very proud of him.
Having been at Cheltenham on Friday, I am slightly concerned about the potential for farce if there is “low sun” and they take out the fences in the home straight.
Our lad’s major asset is his jumping (touch wood) and if they take out the four fences in the straight first time around and the final two fences second time around, then the race will not play to our strengths.
I read that Cheltenham racecourse asked the BHA if they would change the timing of the race, but they have refused.
I’m struggling to believe how the druids used to know the angle of the sun hundreds of years ago and could adapt then, and in this day and age the BHA are refusing to listen to the racecourse and change the timing so that this potential catastrophe can be avoided Let’s hope that the race goes ahead with all the fences in play.
I’m all heart …
I cannot describe the feeling of winning at the Festival last year – all I can tell you is that your heart doesn’t lie….
They put a heart-rate monitor on me at the Festival (below) and the spin doctors told me that my maximum heart beat should be 185 beats/min (220 less my age).
But when Present View crossed the line in front in March my heart beat was 193 beats/ min! Lets hope my ticker holds up and history can repeat itself – but we need all the luck to be on our side!
I went along to the sales on Friday which took place after racing. The trade was strong and fiercely competitive, but I was happy to secure a four-year-old gelding by Brain Boru called Fact Of The Matter.
He won a maiden point-to-point in Ireland in October in impressive fashion and this lovely-looking individual looks sure to make his mark under rules. He is for sale so if anyone’s interested – please let me know.
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