What fun Ben Buie is giving his equally fun syndicate and he was most certainly on a going day at Leicester on Wednesday when he jumped for fun and outran his 3 rivals from 2 out to win his 2nd race of the season. He’s not the most straight forward horse and, indeed, we were very concerned with rain in the forecast that racegoers would have umbrellas – Ben Buie & Umbrella’s don’t mix. A few races ago his brain was blown by the presence of them and, even though everyone was politely asked to put them down, his chance had gone as his head wasn’t in the right place!
Umbrella’s aside, he was all guts to win at Leicester and I’m sure all of us there could be heard on the tv when he passed the line! A great belated Christmas present for them all and one of my favourite quotes from the owners was “thank you for creating wonderful unforgettable days that will last a lifetime” – don’t days and comments like that make it all worthwhile?!
He’s come out of his race well and did a canter (in the rain without an umbrella in sight!) today.
Ambassador needed a run so, although the ground didn’t look ideal we were keen to get him out. The hurdles course was “almost unraceable” according to Sean Bowen and Ambassador hated it so he looked after him.
Zestful, the night before at Wolverhampton, however thoroughly enjoyed her spin on the flat. She broke a little too well out of the stalls and George Rooke was asked to pull her back and settle her, which he did. I was very confident she’d outrun her rather insulting odds of 80-1 and that she did, staying on well to finish a decent 4th and delight her syndicate. Poor David Bishop had turned back due to dreadful traffic but the rest of those who could get there battled through the traffic in time and were rewarded with a great run and Wolverhampton gave them a bottle of fizz which was quickly enjoyed! She may have another spin on the flat and then go hurdling.
Today we head south to Taunton with Pinnacle Peak returning after 535 days off the track and making his chasing debut in a pretty competitive looking race. He’s won his last 3 races over hurdles and has done plenty of schooling at home over fences and whilst he’s in great form and I’m really pleased with him, it’s hard to be 100% confident of their race fitness after such a long time off. Freddie has been riding him all Christmas holidays so is my Assistant at Taunton today!