Runners at Sandown
Welcome back to the Chris Gordon Racing blog, we’ve been a bit busy since the last post but, we’ve found ourselves with some spare time this afternoon…
It all started positively for our runners last week. Don’t Tell George ran well on his comeback from a breathing operation, it was good to get him back on track and now he knows he can breathe he will hopefully be even better next time out.
Reallyradical ran well to finish third over a trip that was on the short side for him, he’s been given a mark of 114 and will go for a handicap at Newbury on the 22nd.
Desiremoi D’Authie was disappointing but, was heard to have made a noise. He was taken straight to Ben Brain, the wind operation wizard, the next day and has had his palate cauterised. If all goes to plan, he should be back racing in about 5 weeks.
We ended the day with Jimmy winning under a never-say-die ride from Tom Cannon. It was great for Jimmy to win his first race, especially as he was bred in partnership by the master trainer and his owner Les Gilbert.
Unfortunately, things did not go to plan at Newbury at the weekend. Firstly, Baddesley Knight fell on Friday with Harry Reed riding, before Hit The Highway fell on the Saturday with Tom Cannon on board. While it was quite obviously the jockeys’ fault, perhaps its no coincidence that both horses were given their final school by the master trainer himself…
It was all down to Masquirad to save the day, but luck was against us again as he was brought down and unseated Tom at the third last while travelling strongly.
Highway One O Two capped the day off by pulling far too hard and finishing 11th in his bumper. He will need to learn to settle if he’s to emulate his namesake, Highway One O One, in the future.
At Sandown this weekend we should have a few exciting runners.
Vincenzo Mio goes in the Military Hurdle race and will be ridden by Lieutenant Colonel Erica Bridge, who won the race in 2015. Vicenzo Mio will love the ground if it keeps on raining.
Tara Bridge is entered in a 2m and 2m4f chase, given the softening conditions the preference at the moment is for the 2m4f chase.
In the big race, the Imperial Cup, Commanche Red won’t run if the ground is too soft but, On The Slopes has won on soft and given the £75,000 of prize money on offer, has got to take his chance.
Highway One O One is coming along well ahead of his race at Cheltenham next Tuesday. Hopefully the master trainer will refrain from feeling the need to personally give him a school before he runs. The master trainer’s liver is also coming along well, all the hard training has been done and now it just needs ticking over until Tuesday.
In other news Freddy Gordon finished 3rd in his first proper pony race at Godstone on Sunday. It is the highlight of the master trainer’s stud career so far and hopefully will raise the value of his covering fee.