October 27, 2006 at 09:37 #3225
This horse goes in the 19f maiden chase at Ascot tomorrow. Injuries may have taken their toll but I thought this fella was destined for the top having seen what he was capable of in bumpers and on his hurdling debut. Ground might be a shade quick but definetly looking forward to seeing how he gets on. And o fcourse he represents my favourite connections in jump racing. Lavelle and Fenton. ;)October 27, 2006 at 11:39 #81090jackane24Member
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Her teeth are a bit dodgy, but OH – MY – GOD….:p
I wish she’d give me the ride ;)October 27, 2006 at 11:48 #81091clivexMember
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Oh dear…. :(
tone somewhat lowered thereOctober 27, 2006 at 21:27 #81092
Oh yes – it seems like I’ve been waiting years (even longer than for Percussionist!!!) for this horse to go over fences. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Of course it all depends on whether or not tomorrow "is the day" but it seems strange that she’s put him in at Ascot for his debut rather than a gaff track midweek. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I think his hurdles campaign has been somewhat bizarre – tender in order to preserve a potential chase mark maybe? Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This horse could really prove to be something over fences, it was what he was born for.
(Edited by Shadow Leader at 11:28 pm on Oct. 27, 2006)October 27, 2006 at 21:34 #81093
Ascot was the scene of his most impressive debut over hurdles so perhaps that was a factor in the decision. He’s not an easy horse to deal with I think. Bred to be a 3m chaser but looks a headstrong sort as he has always tanked through his races up with the pace. Last few runs over hurdles last season saw him dropped out, presumably to teach him to settle.
Two years ago I thought this horse could go all the way to the top. Not sure he can still do that as he never really built on his hurdling debut after injury but I’ll certainly follow his career with interest.October 27, 2006 at 21:48 #81094
Yes, I’m the same – a few seasons ago I thought he would go to the top. Now I reckon he can at least be a decent handicapper – but the question is whether his true ability has been hidden recently?! :oOctober 28, 2006 at 14:56 #81095
What did you think? I thought the race was a bit of a farce, little pace on and the winner allowed to dictate but I thought Cloudy Grey shaped a lot better than the result suggests, despite being strong in the market he shaped as if grossly in need of the run. His jumping was very good in the main, though the pace wasn’t hot, his one notable blunder at the last in the back straight. Despite his pedigree I can’t help but feel he’ll always prove best being allowed to bowl along at 2mOctober 28, 2006 at 18:21 #81096apracingParticipant
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I’m not sure what the punishment is for suggesting that Miss Lavelle and Mr Fenton should opt to send one of their horses ‘bowling along in front’ ?
But I suspect it will be a longer ban then they got at Wincanton last weekend …….
In the meantime, wash your keyboard out with soapy water!
APOctober 29, 2006 at 16:28 #81097ArdrossMember
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Looks like another example of they never come back to me.October 29, 2006 at 17:05 #81098
To be fair, this one never made it!:biggrin:November 4, 2006 at 20:09 #81099
I agree with you DJ – Cloudy Grey ran better than the bare result implies. He travelled well, jumped well and looked perfectly happy before fading rather tamely and falling in a hole. He looked a bit like he blew up – he is a big horse and not easy to get fit I’m sure. 2m bolwing in front could well suit – if he wound it up early enough I’m not so sure they’d get to him. He’s still priven rather disappointing to me though – thought he’d make a top class chaser for a while.
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