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Ups and Downs

This entry was posted on 2015-03-27 by Caroline.

Racing is full of ups and downs it comes under the heading of "character building". On Saturday at Fontwell we had one of our "down" days when Regal Flow seemingly home and hosed pecked on landing at the 2nd last and came down. It was a first ride for us by Kevin Jones and he did nothing wrong, Regal Flow was so full of running that he ballooned the 2nd last and paid the penalty. Unfortunately the handicapper also noticed how easily he would have won and put him up 5lb for falling! Luckily bar a few bruises both horse and jockey are fine.

Then on Sunday Pat's top pointer this season General Girling headed for the Mendip point to point and in glorious sunshine beat the odds on favourite in a very competitive Restricted. We were all back on cloud nine again especially Phil Thomas who rode him to his 2nd victory this season. The Mendip was our local meeting before we moved to Larkinglass and it was great to see so many old friends.

Harriet Tucker who always leads up Bally Legend should also have been running but an unfortunate fall on Saturday left her with a fractured elbow. We all wish her a speedy recovery so that she is able to lead up The Legend at Cheltenham in a few weeks time.

We knew spring had arrived as it was the first meeting of the season at Newton Abbott on Wednesday. Knight Ofthe Realm had been asked to run for the 4th time for his handicap mark to be allocated. The ground was much quicker then he had encountered before and he was rather outpaced to begin with. However he ran on well at the end and finished 4th behind some very expensive horses. He won't be seen at his best until he goes chasing but that was a much more promissing run. Knight Ofthe Realm had a massive growth spurt last summer and like a lot of teenage boys he seemed to lose his core strength as a result. He has benefitted greatly form treatments by Abi Lewis who is trained in Equine Transeva Technique. This treatment helps activate the deeper muscles which are difficult to reach by conventional physiotherapy. We have found it very helpfull for horses with old injuries and those who are immature physically too.

Tomorrow we have a busy day with 3 horses racing at Stratford - Canarbino Girl and Haverstock are running in the 2m6f hurdle and Midnight Lira runs in the 2m7f chase.

  

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