4/11/19 Weekly report.
Book Of Gold annoyed me with his sloppy jumping, he can jump perfectly well he just can’t be bothered on a racecourse, we can’t get him to make a mistake at home.
Book lacked enthusiasm and he hung up the home straight so I’ll see how he comes out of this and I’ll probably try him again over fences but it could be that he needs a change of scenery, maybe some hunting and point to pointing would rekindle his interest.
Sevarano won nicely in the end after bring a bit outpaced two out, it looked a good race on paper and I think the form will work out well.
Steve was treated for ulcers last season and obviously that would have helped him but in all honesty I think more than anything the improvement is likely to be from the fact he’s naturally strengthened up over the summer.
The most encouraging thing was the way he hit the line, he didn’t finish his last two races in the spring, let’s hope he can progress further from this.
Mr Dorrell Sage was badly hampered at the third fence, he then got very outpaced on the quick ground in a fast run race.
Dorrell works exceptionally well and therefore he does take a lot of work to get fit, he will improve for this run and Leighton was not hard on him once beaten.
He’s been a difficult horse to assess with regards to trip because he shows so much speed at home, I think he probably just wants a more galloping track especially on good ground.
His jumping was perfectly ok with the odd novicey mistake.
After an early bad blunder, Alan lost his confidence.
Leighton nursed him back into the race but the ground which seemed perfect was still pretty tiring which didn’t suit him....he’s a proper good ground horse.
He was not given a hard time, I’m still not sure about trip though, I thought he would want further but he does show plenty of speed at home.....head scratcher.
He’s still a work in progress.
Republican travelled and jumped really nicely early on in this race, he then began to hang to the right.
As the race went on he got worse and from turning into the straight Johnny couldn’t ride him at all and sat up on him.
He’s not done this before so something must be amiss, he will be checked out thoroughly.
Dominateur fell at the fifth last, he had jumped perfectly ok up until that point and it was just a novicey mistake.
Dominateur was travelling nicely at the time and Gavin was happy with him, he felt he would have been involved at the finish...but who knows.
The main thing is he is ok.
Piton Pete struck into himself badly during the race, this is obvious why he ran so disappointingly.
He has been wrapped up and my vet will look at him this week, hopefully it hasn’t touched the tendon or we could be in trouble.
Weststreet ran ok, he needs further and on softer ground.
He’ll be sharper for the run.