17th January - Ludlow
2.50pm No No Juliet runs in a mares handicap hurdle over 3m.
Juliet won a very poor race at Fontwell on her penultimate start (the favourite fell at the first and the second favourite ran below par), she won it nicely but went up by 9lbs so I was forced to run her with a penalty off her old mark the following week.
She ran with credit at Ascot when finishing third but she will have to step up again now she’s running off her new rating.
It’s very easy to moan about handicapping and it’s not something I like to do but there are times when you feel they could apply a little common sense, especially in cases where the fancied horses have run below par, instead of everything being so black and white.
My biggest gripe is if a horse falls at the last when it would have won and then gets hammered for it, I think that is completely wrong, they didn’t win... so not only did the owner not get the pleasure or prize money the horse might not be capable of winning off its new mark.....I don’t know of any other sport where you get penalised for failing.....it’s harsh and difficult to explain to new clients when we are desperately trying to recruit and keep owners in the sport.
Juliet has been a consistent mare and she does seem to be improving, she has physically strengthened up and grown since last season and being by Scorpion this step up to three miles should suit her, she’s a thorough galloper.
Juliet is an easy horse to deal with and good to ride.
She will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Juliet is looked after, will be led up and is ridden at home by Nikola Studena.