We ran two at Chaddesley Corbett on Monday and despite not having a winner, we came away relatively satisfied.
We were desperate to get a run into Brians Well and as James Tudor has always felt he wanted soft ground, the conditions race looked like a suitable option. He ran well until three out where he made a mistake. He actually folded a little quicker than I thought he should of done which was a bit disappointing.
He jumped brilliantly until then but after the error, never get going again and Joe sensibly pulled him up two out as he’d have probably finished 7th or 8th. He did similar last year first time out but that day it was a maiden and he was able to stay on for second.
It was a competitive field, with 8 horses rated higher than him, so you could argue he’s ran his race but I thought he would run to the line as an out-and-out stayer. We’ll try and build on it.
We knew the ground would be against Start Royal but he’s been extremely well at home so we took the chance to get a run into him. A vet will always tell you that you’ll make a horse tired on soft ground but you won’t damage them. We always need the first run with him as we can’t work him or school him with other horses because he’s so wild.
He was beaten 15 lengths by Lienosus, who James has always thought the world of, Lord Heathfield, who won well at Barbury, and the third horse won a hunter chase last time out. Georgina gave him a cracking ride and we were over the moon. He’ll go to Higham now on January 24th with a good chance.
The main thing was that he hadn’t lost his competitive spirit and we’re lucky enough to still have the horse who’s given us so much fun over the last seven years.