February 18, 2012 at 18:38 #21030
Here I am again…
My horse Der Spieler ran in the 1st at Gowran Park today, I really fancied him each way. He was operated on his wind last July. He was pulled up after the 3rd last today, although the jockey actually started pulling him up before that fence. He didn’t jump so great today. I wasn’t over in Ireland and the jockey more or less said he got stuck in the ground, made a little noise, so he decided rather pull him up, than hurt him, which is fair enough. My horses welfare ALWAYS comes first! What I find rather astonishing was the moves on Betfair. Obviously there was money for the favourite and so the others all went up 10 points (this was all around 10 minutes before the off), my horse went up a 100 points, probably even more, but at some point I put the race on and took no notice of Betfair. He was even 4/1 for a place.
Is it time to retire the horse? Take a couple of minutes if interested, watch the replay (free at Attheraces) and give me your opinions. Thanks.
The horse was not distressed when he came back in and was post race normal.February 18, 2012 at 19:14 #392302Eclipse FirstMember
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Having watched the race, and read his race record, I think he needs better ground. Running him on anything worse than good to soft seems unlikely to meet with much success. Of course this depends on him remaining sound but the spring/summer festivals, ground permitting, look his best bet for getting into the winner’s enclosure.
However, if he appears to have no zest for racing then retirement is always an option.February 18, 2012 at 21:03 #392323
Thanks for your interest Eclipse… time before last he was 2nd on very similar going. Obviously he does prefer better ground, but pulled up, really got to me today. Can’t get my head around it. Time will tell…I’ll give him one more race, and then decide whether to retire or not.February 19, 2012 at 00:49 #392364befairParticipant
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Don’t lose heart, Dalliman. Would you believe, I’ve been following Der Spieler since his debut; Kempton, Boxing Day, I think. It seemed a strange place to start off. I was delighted when he picked up a win, and though I think it’s his only one, he’s a real trier.
Remember the advice; keep yourself in the best company and your horses in the worst. Campaign him in the summer, consider travelling to England in the way Gordon Elliot does it, try and pick up a few prizes so he pays his way
But most of all, enjoy him, one of my favourites.February 19, 2012 at 08:15 #392395
awww, thanks befair…and advice is always useful
Going back all them years to Kempton. We had him in training in Germany and the co owners wanted him to run well at Kempton (which he did) and then sell on. They got their offer, but my husband and I wanted to keep him and so paid them off ( a different story ). And he has given us a lot of fun days since then, we even acquired 2 more. We will always look after him, he’s such a gentleman and softie, as said above his next race will show us in which direction we go.February 19, 2012 at 12:28 #392434CheltenhamSpecialistMember
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I recall him finishing second to Luska Lad and Moville…he had no less a horse than Rubi Light behind him that day. Take heart for that one’s run yesterday!!!!!
Maybe he needs to get his head in front a couple of times to give him confidence. Have you considered running him in a couple of points or maybe a Hunter Chase?
Good luck with him, he’s obviously got ability and he’s still quite youngFebruary 19, 2012 at 16:05 #392474
Thanks for the advice CS,
having just spoken with the trainer…the horse is tip top, licked his pot clean, had a roll. Absolutely no sign of any distress, not after the race and not now.
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