31st May - Ffos Las

01-June-2018 6:26
in General
by Admin

Two runners tonight at Ffos Las.

6.00pm Papagana runs in a mares novice hurdle over 2m.
I was initially disappointed with Papagana last time out at Southwell but it was a messy race where they went no gallop and less than ten lengths covered the first ten home.
She needed a stronger run race because all she does is gallop, annoying but that’s racing.
Papagana had shown promise in her first bumper finishing fourth and staying on nicely to the line after looking quite green during the race.

Papagana is a beautiful looking filly who is equally beautifully bred, she was very feisty to ride when she first came here but she is fine now.

She has schooled well at home and has always worked nicely.

She will be ridden by Aiden Coleman.

8.30pm Robinsson runs in a handicap hurdle over 2m 5f.
Robinsson broke a blood vessel when pulling up at Fontwell last time out in April, he was never travelling that day having run a really promising race there three weeks before.

Horses can break blood vessels for various reasons, most commonly it is due to an undetected (at that point) infection (a cold) which has caused them to have mucus in their lungs, this was the case with Robinsson.
Occasionally they can do it if they get very wound up prior to a race, which is what happened to Jurby at Doncaster.
Sometimes it’s due to allergies to dust etc. so changing their bedding to paper and turning them out in the paddock as much as possible can help.
A fall or a bad mistake can also cause a slight bit of blood in the nostrils, in that situation there is rarely any in their lungs.

There have been many good horses over the years that have been prone to it ...Master Oats was a classic example, he had to be trained differently doing lots of long slow work to get fit.
If a horse breaks a blood vessel at the races I will get my vet to scope them (look into their lungs) the following day to try to establish the reason and then treat them accordingly.
If a horse does it on a regular basis and doesn’t respond to various remedies you often have to draw stumps and retire them from racing.

Robinsson is a horse that has shown glimmers of ability but he has been delicate to train, he’s very tall so it was initially just growing problems.

Robinsson is very good to ride at home and easy to deal with.

He will be ridden by Conor Shoemark.