Friday, August 06, 2010

Weekend ahead

Ethics Girl is such a lovely horse because, even when she runs disappointingly as she did at Brighton yesterday, she still runs well. I thought that she was a good EW bet at EW odds, but she duly suffered the fate of all good EW bets by finishing fourth. Brighton is such a tricky track, but one couldn't really say that she didn't handle it: she just didn't run well enough on the day. But it was still a respectable run so, all in all, the trip to Brighton was a pleasant one. Let's hope that the trip to Lingfield tomorrow evening with Jenny is similarly enjoyable and that we can come home from that meeting too saying that the horse has run well.

Jenny will thus, of course, be the main focus of my weekend, but there'll be plenty of other races to enjoy watching. I always enjoy following the action of the Shergar Cup. It'll be good tomorrow to see how Victorian rider Luke Nolen fares; I haven't studied the card at all so don't know if he's been lucky with the draw for mounts. We've only ever had a runner at this meeting once, but I always think of it as a meeting at which one wants to run a horse if one can: Ascot are very good at making it enjoyable for owners and trainers to enjoy running their horses there, and Shergar Cup Day is a special occasion. Jack Dawson was the only horse we've run at the meeting and he ran well, finishing fourth in the Stayers under Japanese hoop Hiroki Goto, who happens to have returned to the UK for a month this year. He's been spending his time riding out for Clive Brittain and Peter Chapple-Hyam (on one of whose horses he is pictured above, riding towards the Long Hill all-weather a week or two ago) as well as having the odd race-ride. I suspect he might have gone home now as I don't think that I've seen him this week. Overseas visitors of whom I have seen plenty this week, though, are Alverta and her attendant Leah Gavranich (pictured together four days ago). The mare was due to head to France today to run at Deauville in the Prix Maurice de Gheest on Sunday (and I hope that she hasn't been caught up in the massive traffic jams on the east side of the M25 today, caused by the Dartford Bridge being closed - but, fingers crossed, she'll be OK as she was due to travel overnight) so that's another race which I will watch with great interest. As you can see, she looks really well, so I hope that she will be able to prove that her massive run in the July Cup was no fluke.

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