The Village – Perth May 13th and the future

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    Paul Brierley has recently given up as manager of Milnathort Racing. A four man committee, including our own David Cormack, has now assumed the various responsibilities in running the club.

    A dozen of us gathered at Arlary Stables this morning with Lucinda Russell to discuss the future of MRC and more immediately The Village’s next outing which, current soggy weather permitting, should be at Perth this coming Wednesday.

    The Village has had his problems and there is a concern that he has to prove himself a racehorse in his next two or three outings. He looked fit and really well in himself today, jumping nicely on the circular all-weather schooling ground. Wednesday’s planned outing in a 2m 0-100 novices handicap chase is likely to be make or break time. Our gelding has to prove that he can get competitive. If not then we will look to send him on for re-training and examine our options for another horse going forward.

    Fingers crossed then for Wednesday that maybe the racehorse hiding away at the moment might make an appearance. Chances are The Village will be running from out of the handicap, but to be honest if he is any good he will have to be better than his current 66 mark anyway, on which basis in this class I can’t see the actual handicap mark makes much difference!

    Here’s looking forward to a positive report after Wednesday’s run.

    Rob

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    The Village takes his place in the 6.25 at Perth tomorrow. It’s a 2m 0-100 novices’ handicap chase and has cut up to just the 5 runners, so with pocket money for fifth place there’s a prize for getting round. Going is soft, heavy in places though it’s been windy up here and might dry a little.

    MR SHAHADY top weight and has been pointing and hunter chasing this term without making a mark, failing to show the fair pointing form of 2014. Latterly tailed off over an extended 2m 5f at Kelso when losing touch from four out in a moderate novice hunter contest. The drop to two miles suggests a bit of ‘what shall we try now?’

    THROTHETHATCH is a stablemate of The Village and has shown a glimmer of ability over hurdles, weakening over 2m 4f on last two outings. Drop back in trip may help and he would have as good a chance as any if taking to fences.

    THE ABSENT MARE has been fairly consistent at this level without winning, initially for Robin Dickin and now for Gordon Elliott, ‘the Master Placer’ having found a soft looking contest here. Looks best here, BUT she’s runs three times on soft and been well beaten each time.

    GREAT DEMEANOR won twice over 7 furlongs on the all-weather but has cut little ice over jumps to date. Dianne Sayer does well with some base metal material but there’s sothing to prove with this one.

    THE VILLAGE has trailed around toward the rear in most races to date. Showed a little more in a handicap hurdle at Newcastle and at least jumped proficiently on chasing debut. Those present reckoned he was hardly blowing and general opinion is he’s holding something back. IF he puts his best hoof forward he’s probably capable of winning this but it’s a big ‘if’. Schooled well on Sunday and looks as well as I’ve seen him. Ground may not be ideal but it’s questionable whether he’s gone fast enough to date to know one way or the other!

    Well there you have it. Opinion of his trainer and a few in MRC is that The Village is a 90 standard horse in hiding, but he needs to put it in. The opposition don’t worry me, our horse does!

    Rob

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    The Village disgraced himself this evening, flinging his head in the air and refusing to take part. We were all pretty embarrassed and frustrated, but after the dust had settled the general opinion was that he is likely to be given one more chance while he is fit.

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