March 18, 2008 at 11:40 #7146
I have Salute scheduled to run at Musselburgh on Sunday – there’s a 14F 0-85 handicap on the card worth Â£20,000, which justifies the cost of transporting him up there with conditions likely to be ideal for him, 14F on a flat track on good to soft ground being his perfect set up.
It’s too far for this owner to travel, so I’ll be watching on RUK and our esteemed leader, Cormack, has agreed to attend in my place to observe the saddling, participate in the pointless paddock conversation, and hopefully collect the trophy afterwards. We even have a Scottish jockey booked, his regular rider Rab Havlin will combine the ride with a visit to his family.
The only possible snag now is the weather, with a cold snap forecast for the weekend, but other than that, the decision to run is already made and the horse is raring to go after his spin at Woloverhampton last week.
There will be a couple of owners badges going spare, so if anyone else is planning to go to the meeting, please reply here – first come, first served.
APMarch 18, 2008 at 12:10 #152232seabirdParticipant
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A very kind offer, Alan.
Could I put in my bid for his first run at Ffos Las?
ColinMarch 18, 2008 at 18:13 #152364WallaceParticipant
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I would be delighted to accompany Cormack and help him consume the free drinks after the successful runMarch 18, 2008 at 18:15 #152365graysonscolumnParticipant
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The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.March 18, 2008 at 21:19 #152437madgicMember
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I should be there but would just be happy to meet some fllow people from the forum. Good luck with your horseMarch 18, 2008 at 21:26 #152439cormack15Keymaster
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Anyone who is going along please pm me and we’ll arrange to meet up. (You can applaud when I collect Alan’s trophy!March 18, 2008 at 21:27 #152441Black Sam BellamyParticipant
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ap..were you behind the small gamble on Sun Catcher last week…9/1 -> 7/1.
What did you make of his first start ? Rather outpaced early doors I thought…is he going over further next time ?March 18, 2008 at 21:31 #152444
The betting on him wasn’t down to me – happy enough with his run given the first four were all race fit. He’s staying at 6F for now, probably at Wolverhampton next week. Jockey reckoned he wasn’t balanced on the right hand bend at Kempton, so we’ll try the other way round. No surprise if 7F proves his best trip on Polytrack though.
I’ll put two badges in your name for Musselburgh.
APMarch 18, 2008 at 22:42 #152459WallaceParticipant
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Many thanks Alan.March 22, 2008 at 19:06 #153333
Salute is currently on the road to Musselburgh, so all I have to worry about now is the 7 am inspection due to forecast overnight snow! How could anyone have predicted that for Easter weekend?
The Post website forecast him at 25/1, which is a bit of an insult, but it is a competitive handicap (more so than I’d expected for this early in the season) and I suppose as the oldest horse in the field with his last two runs in claimers, I can see why.
I saw him at home yesterday morning and he’s sharp and ready – if the race goes ahead and he handles the overnight stay OK, I still think he’ll beat more than beat him, and there’s prize money down to 6th place.
Not really a betting proposition, but three of his five handicap wins for me have been at 16/1 or bigger, so I’m not discouraged by the price.
APMarch 22, 2008 at 19:09 #153334CavParticipant
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Excellent stuff , hope you get the weather. All the best for tomorrow.March 22, 2008 at 19:37 #153336GhostofTheFellowMember
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AP i wouldnt worry the track is right on the coast-it could be a white out every where else but racing will be on!!!!March 22, 2008 at 20:30 #153342MarshMember
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Good Luck Tomorrow.
Weather doesn’t seem too bad up here in the Auld Reekie. A wee bit cold but nothing major.March 23, 2008 at 07:49 #153363davidjohnsonMember
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Muss is on. All the best Alan.March 23, 2008 at 07:55 #153364thedarkknightParticipant
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Good luck AP – shame you couldn’t go – Musselburgh is a decent day out even if it is a long way for us Southeners.
The old boy definitely has a chance of getting in the money.
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