By the end of the day at Chepstow yesterday it was horrendously wet and the drive home was trecherous as the Bridge was closed so we all had to go the back way and there was so much water on the roads – thankfully all home safely. Poor James Best nearly didn’t make it to the track in time for Rolling Clouds as although both myself and then Ernie driving the 2nd lorry just managed to get over the bridge, James was the first car stopped and turned around as they shut it. He pleaded for them to let him carry on but to no avail.
Thankfully he got there in time and Rolling Clouds ran well for a long way and will come on from his run. Wide To West struggled yesterday and Sean Bowen sensibly pulled him up. We’ll take him for an overground scope and see if it is his wind that is stopping him. Genovese pulled way too hard on his second start in what was a red hot bumper and didn’t give himself much of a chance of finishing his race strongly. He didn’t really handle the undulations of Chepstow and will return to a flatter track next time where we hope he will settle much better.
Nigel McAllen was in this morning and it was great to catch up with him before I headed off to Ludlow where we have two runners.
Bella Ciao runs in the opening mares maiden hurdle and makes her hurdling debut. She’s been very good at home, albeit pretty rapid but James Best has done all of her schooling so knows her well. It looks pretty competitive and she’s one of the long priced outsiders but I hope she shows us more than she has in her last two runs as her first bumper run was encouraging.
She’s a super looking big scopey mare and looks every inch a chaser in time.
Miladygrace is also partnered by James Best and is making her debut for us. She’s been off the track for 14 months following her first chasing start. All she has shown us at home has been pleasing and we hope she will run a solid race for the Kinsey Family who are such great supporters of ours.