17th October - Wincanton
Two runners today at Wincanton.
4.25pm Peur De Rien runs in a handicap hurdle over 2m 5f.
Roger has undergone revolutionary wind surgery since he last ran with Ben Brain
Ben is a leader in this field, as was his father before him, many trainers all over the country and in Ireland use him and wind surgery techniques are being improved and perfected all of the time.
Roger has always worked extremely well at home, he’s an incredibly good looking horse and moves like a dream, we couldn’t believe it when he disappointed us so much on a racecourse.
Initially we thought he was just too weak to finish his races, then we wondered about trip and even considered that he was just uncompetitive at the business end of a race.
He never made a noise of any kind when running.
We had his wind checked, at rest, several times over the last two years and nothing showed up.
As a last resort we sent him over to Ben’s yard where he has a round sand gallop and he puts an overground scope on the horses (it’s like a long probe with a camera on the end) to see what’s going on at the back of their throats as they canter around continually.
Roger had cantered for nearly two miles and nothing showed up, Ben was about to say pull him up there’s nothing wrong when his larynx completely collapsed, this would have cut off his airway completely.
As Ben explains in the recording we don’t know if this will work and also it might take him a couple of runs to gain confidence that he can properly breathe at the end of a race but this was his last chance to become a racehorse.
If demeanour is anything to go by he has been much more relaxed and almost arrogant at home this season, so we remain hopeful.
If it doesn’t work he could turn his hand to other disciplines because he’s such a stunning mover with a lovely temperament.
4.55pm Archimento runs in a novice hurdle over 2m 3f.
Archie jumped appallingly at Plumpton last time out when a beaten favourite, he has done plenty of schooling since he’s been with us and I think it was more of a confidence thing than a lack of technique.
Archie has had two sessions with Yogi Breisner since that run.
He can jump it’s now up to him to concentrate and believe in himself.
This is a step up in trip today, he was a stayer on the flat so I have no reason to think he won’t stay.
Archie is a star at home, very easy to ride and a kind horse to deal with.
They will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.
Peur De Rien is looked after by Gracie O’Reilly, she’s hurt her leg so he will be led up by Amy Deans.
Archie is looked after and will be led up by Mila Lunackova both horses are ridden at home by Tarnya.