Sunday 13th November
November 13, 2016
This week things started for us with our first runners being on Wednesday. MAORI BOB and BABAMUNCKIN were taking on each other at Kempton. MAORI BOB was kept in a handy position for the majority of the race and when asked for his effort he faded in the final furlong. I certainly think he is better suited by the turf and is always going to be a nice prospect for next year with another winter under his belt. BABAMUNCHKIN was slightly impeded when asked for her effort and could never put up a show after this. Things certainly did not go in her favour and we know she is better than this on the evidence of her Newmarket run.
On Thursday DAVEY BOY put in another lack lustre performance and again failed to perform. He certainly is not showing on the track what he shows at home and possibly his heart is just not in the game. In the evening we headed to Chelmsford where FIRE BRIGADE finally delivered. He travelled well throughout the race and always looked in command. He is entered at Kempton on Wednesday and could possibly run again. Later on the card CHAKRA found herself in quite a tough little maiden. She raced towards the middle of the field and when asked for her effort she could not quicken. She looks as though she may benefit from further.
We were delighted with the effort shown by BIG ORANGE in the Zipping Classic at Sandown in Australia. He was soon in the lead and was pushed along to increase the pace. Hard pressed turning in he battled back to lead, but was soon challenged again and was just caught near the line. He would obviously have been suited by further, but it was a good effort having only been beaten by the narrowest of margins in a three way photo. He has the option of the Hong Kong Vase or he could return back to Newmarket as he will probably head to Dubai again next season and he would benefit from a winter break. Later in the afternoon we had declared TAPER TANTRUM at Wetherby. He raced keenly in a midfield position and was ridden three furlongs out. He soon weakened and certainly did not show his best. He needs to start settling in his races if he is going to make up into the decent hurdler we feel he could be. In the evening we headed to Wolverhampton starting the meeting off with ARMAGNAC. He raced far more prominently than he had on his previous starts and this enabled him to run up with the pace. He was well clear of the remainder and looks capable of winning a nursery. Later on the card FORECASTER enjoyed a less contested lead here than when beaten just a nose last time out, but was rather swamped late on. She was found to have lost her right hind shoe after the race. It is frustrating that she has not won a race after some good efforts and will now head to the December Sales.
Below are links from Wednesday’s and Yesterday’s work on the Cambridge Road
Left to right – General Hazard and Towerland’s Park (Louis Steward – Orange Jacket)
Left to right – Kissinger, Hanningfield and Armagnac
Glassalt, Kschessinska and Jive Talking
Left to right Hanningfield and Namirah (Louis Steward)
Left to right – Duck A L’Orange and Fabricate