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    Tom
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    Leading Pearl, now trained by A Parker.

    Three races and in all pulled up.

    How long before this animal completes the course, never mind wins?

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    graysonscolumn
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    You are aware, I presume, of his win in a Confined point-to-point at Overton (Lanarkshire) three months ago, his third consecutive win in that sphere in a little over the last 12 months?

    A win and five places from his last six runs (of 10) in Irish points prior to that don’t suggest completing the course is entirely beyond the gelding, either.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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    robnorth
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    Leading Pearl was reported ‘lame on his left fore’ after pulling up at Perth yesterday. He has struggled to cope with the more formidable obstacles under Rules and he wouldn’t be the first to do that.

    If we were to look at examples of horses progressing from points to NH then I could offer an altenative in Intense Suspense, winner of a handicap hurdle at Perth yesterday. He’s not one who will show a dramatic turn of a pace but he’s a rangy galloper who will only get better for fences and a longer distance.

    Rob

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    graysonscolumn
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    Intense Suspense had looked a very capable animal indeed during the dying embers of the pointing season, for all that he was beating utter zombies in some of those runs.

    He marmalised the opposition when we saw him win an Intermediate at Umberleigh on the last day of the season, and it was hard to crab the

    Mackenzie & Harris

    assertion on the day that he has the make and shape of a decent Rules performer.

    There’s usually quite a fair 2m6.5f handicap hurdle at Market Rasen on Summer Plate day which I could quite see him go close in. If the progress is sustained, the class 2 equivalent at Newton Abbot during the Lord Mildmay meeting hoves into view as a possible end-of-summer target.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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    robnorth
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    Point-to-point graduates aside, if we talked about horses who pull up regularly not being allowed out, and surely the original post infers that, then one example is Skenfrith who would never leave the comfort of his stable. He pulls up as often as he finishes, and collects more than Bird’s Eye, but give him 3m 4f+ in a swamp and he’s in his element.

    #237637
    graysonscolumn
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    Good call, Rob. On the same basis we’d have banned something like Follow Your Heart years ago.

    Wasn’t there also a period between 2001-3 where Bleu Superbe only ever either won or pulled up? I’m sure that on no fewer than three occasions he won a race having pulled up on his last few outings, the wins having been gained on the occasions he pulled less hard and jumped less sketchily.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #237639
    Friggo
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    I seem to remember Wise Man having a similar profile. He was also still winning points despite pulling up on his last 6 or 7 starts under rules, I believe.

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    Grey Desire
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    Would imagine he’ll need quite a hike in the weights to get into anything decent (maybe there’ll be something youknowwhere a week Thursday) but no doubt he looks like he’ll win again.
    Wasn’t there supposed to have been about 24 that dropped out for him to get in the race he won at Perth.

    Good spot re Bleu Superbe and speaking of which anyone notice his jockey at the time Brian Crowley has recently made a comeback and had a couple of rides at Uttoxeter the other day.

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    robnorth
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    I wouldn’t have thought that ‘youknowwhere’ would suit Intense Suspense. My thoughts after yesterday were that he’ll benefit from running on a galloping track.

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    graysonscolumn
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    He did give that impression, didn’t he! Mark you, Umberleigh is as tight and sharp and left-handed as ‘youknowwhere’, so if his facile win at the former wasn’t

    entirely

    due to the naffness of the opposition, I’d not be too worried about him trying his hand at the latter.

    gc

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    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #237656
    graysonscolumn
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    Good spot re Bleu Superbe and speaking of which anyone notice his jockey at the time Brian Crowley has recently made a comeback and had a couple of rides at Uttoxeter the other day.

    That’s good to see. He really struggled for rides post-Williams, didn’t he, though if there is any backstory as to why that was I don’t remember reading about it.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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    Grey Desire
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    I remember he had a ball fall a while back so whether that had an impact I’m not sure.
    Hopefully will be at ‘youknowwhere’ a week Thursday,no doubt the usual mixture of Chapman no hopers (although one did win at last years equivalent meet) and Irish invaders!

    #237659
    graysonscolumn
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    Yes indeed, GD, enjoy! Think at least one other TRFfer will be there as well, judging by the Statuses on this page. 8)

    Sacreligiously, if I’m racing anywhere that day it’s most likely to be at the evening meeting at Epsom. Just to get that course out of the way, you understand…

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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    hoofhearted
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    I was also surprised to see Brian Crowley riding for Paul Cashman at Uttoxeter last week.
    I had thought that he had retired from racing but had returned to the UK to take up a full-time position with some stud/breeding operation.

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    Grey Desire
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    Yes indeed, GD, enjoy! Think at least one other TRFfer will be there as well, judging by the Statuses on this page. 8)

    Sacreligiously, if I’m racing anywhere that day it’s most likely to be at the evening meeting at Epsom. Just to get that course out of the way, you understand…

    gc

    Nothing to do with Alesha Dixon & The Saturdays then!

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    yorkshirepudding
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    Point too point fences are smaller than normal park fences, their in lies the problem, some horses ar not wuick enough too jump a hurldle or jump a park fence…

    #237712
    graysonscolumn
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    Nothing to do with Alesha Dixon & The Saturdays then!

    Oh crud, I forgot all these Epsom Thursday nights are concerts as well. That’ll whack up the admission price!

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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