August 3, 2019 at 10:11 #1450398
CHARLES KINGSLEY contests the 1m 6f Qatar Summer Handicap at Goodwood today. I had Goodwood as a target for this one from some way out so I’m very much interested here. Mark Johnston also sends King’s Advice but I suspect race might just favour Charles Kingsley of the two.
It’s been very quiet on the ‘horses spotted’ front in recent weeks but hopefully three northern meetings today might yield a pointer or two.August 23, 2019 at 17:32 #1451868
Three runners from the list at York and the list is a bit of a cold one at the moment.
CHARLES KINGSLEY continues to get outpointed in Class 2 events. Hopefully Mark Johnston will keep him on the go and he may get a chance at one grade lower ubt he’s on a mark of 100 at the moment and needs a bit of a drop.
I’m waiting for small fields again for HAROME who was out with the washing behind in-form Dakota Gold in the meeting opener.
IRV looked to have a tough task in a competitive three-year-old mile event today and he was out the back as well. I haven’t watched the race so yet to draw any conclusions at this stage.September 1, 2019 at 23:04 #1452607moehatParticipant
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If you’re at Kelso on 18th and see a couple of people with a black whippet, that’ll be us! I’m assuming Kelso still allow dogs [haven’t been for a while…]September 23, 2019 at 21:38 #1462422
Sorry moehat, missed your post a while back. Couldn’t get to the September midweeks at Kelso as I didn’t have any holiday left to use, mainly because we are taking a break in York next month doing two days at the October meeting.
You can guarantee there are a few dogs amongst the crowd at Kelso and they are never a problem.
Back to the list and the wind has rather gone out of the sails of the listed horses in the second half of the season. Harome just doesn’t cut it sufficiently in larger fields. Charles Kingsley has run some decent races without winning and is presumably aimed at the Cesarewitch. Lathom’s run came to an end when he returned after a break. Irv has disappointed twice since his last win.October 10, 2019 at 23:54 #1465560moehatParticipant
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Had a great day at Kelso; dog behaved well and the weather was kind to us. Spent most of the afternoon chatting [as usual] to Brian the first aid guy who we haven’t seen for ages so we had a lot of gossip to catch up on! Think it was the day when Aidan Coleman finally rode a winner at every track, but, being where we were down by the fences we missed most of what was going on. Have to say that, I know they’ve done a lot of work at the track but I absolutely loved it as it was before so I felt really sad. There was another lovely lady working at the track who adored my dog; nipped to the loo and, even though she was with Mike Winnie got a bit upset and when I returned she had several people comforting her. Was told that one day there was a dog running loose on the track and when the clerk of the course phoned the staff up to sort it out the reply was ‘err; it’s your dog..’ You can’t beat Kelso imo but it will be a while before we’re back there. Pleased that Adam Nicol is fit to ride again; I’ll never forget that great front running ride on Purple Harry a while back. I’d assume he’ll be riding at Wetherby but we can’t go to Charlie Hall day this year because of the dog; really sad that he did so much work with Lady Buttons but missed out on her late season achievements.October 13, 2019 at 16:42 #1467780
I didn’t get down to the fences as I was catching up with my ‘rooftopper’ mates who I hadn’t seen since May!
If you spotted a lone figure walking the course an hour befire racing then that was me. Soft ground was an accurate description but it does get a bit squishy down the back straight on the hurdles course. One or two to take forward this season and I’ll update my jumps thread in the next couple of days.
Typing this from our York hotel after an excellent two days racing on the Knavesmire. I was picking fancy priced winners like sweeties on the first day!
I will do a full report when I get back home, but one serious animal to note is HAMISH who hosed up in a 1m 6f 3yo handicap. This one looks a cup horse for Haggas with another winter behind him.
Hamish’s half-brother CONVICT ran a fair second on Friday and should strengthen up over the winter.
More to follow…
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