Thursday, May 16, 2013

Let's what this evening brings

One moves on.  Our last runner (Douchkirk on Sunday) was a disappointment, so let's see what this evening will bring.  Ethics Girl runs in the 7.00 at Newmarket.  I'd assumed that she would be one of the main chances in this race, bearing in mind her overall consistency and her excellent resumption at Newbury, so was rather taken aback to see her as long as 14/1 in this morning's Racing Post.  I can't believe that she will start anything like that long, but at the same time I'm not expecting her to win.If the second half of that sentence seems rather negative, it's simply because there looks to be a horse in the race who might be a long way ahead of the handicapper.  Sir Bedivere makes his handicap debut in our race - and, in a contest which features plenty very exposed horses (including several who won last time out and, of course, Ethics Girl) he is anything but exposed.  He won a maiden race very impressively last time out, and it's easy to see that he might be a lot better than the mark which the handicapper (by guesswork, bearing  in mind that he only had one run to go on, Sir Bedivere's two previous runs - in 2011 - being almost irrelevant) has given him.We were in a similar situation last summer when we took Silken Thoughts to Sandown for a race which contained several very nice exposed handicappers plus an unexposed horse who had won a maiden race easily on his previous run; that horse seemed a potential blot, duly won - and then (named Encke) beat Camelot in the St Leger a couple of months later.  So we'll head over to the Rowley Mile this evening full of hope as usual, confident as ever that this lovely brave, consistent, genuine little mare will run a bold race - but not expecting too much.I hope that we'll also head over there dry.  Yesterday was a pig of a day: cold, wet, windy.  If this were the middle of winter, you wouldn't feel too down about being rained on in a very strong wind and a top temperature of eight degrees.  But in the middle of May that's not really very funny.  Fortunately, today dawned still and sunny (as you can see through Gift Of Silence's ears in the first photo; through Ethics' ears in the second and third with Grand Liaison, Zarosa and Tommy trotting under her nose in that third photo; and looking at Ethics Girl in the fourth); and, while the sky is now overcast, conditions are still relatively clement.  Let's hope that they remain thus.


2 comments:

David Winter said...

Just loved Ethics gutsy run last night ....warms the cockles to see such a genuine little horse try so hard. Furthermore I have such admiration in the Corinthian manner her trainer looks after his charges.....made me smile the way he walked her back home after a pick of grass on the Heath....simply heartwarmingly wonderful. My wife spent a number of years in Kenya and the horse boy ( not the trainer) used to walk the horses many miles to and fro to the races and sometimes even riding them there !!! Simply great!!,,,,

David Winter said...

Just loved Ethics gutsy run last night ....warms the cockles to see such a genuine little horse try so hard. Furthermore I have such admiration in the Corinthian manner her trainer looks after his charges.....made me smile the way he walked her back home after a pick of grass on the Heath....simply heartwarmingly wonderful. My wife spent a number of years in Kenya and the horse boy ( not the trainer) used to walk the horses many miles to and fro to the races and sometimes even riding them there !!! Simply great!!,,,,