Ryalex Falls At The First


A heavy first fence fall for Ryalex and Derek made our trip to Carlisle shorter than expected. Ryalex seems to be fine on his return home, but Derek has gone to hospital to be assessed for a wrist injury; he will not ride at Ayr tomorrow.

It was another long day for Jaimie as she had a blow out on the way home, but with feed and water on board for Ryalex it was not as bad a wait as it could have been. 

Meanwhile, Vengeur De Guye was heading south with Mark and Steve. Vengeur runs in the two mile chase at Sandown tomorrow, aptly named the 'Six Nation Rugby Handicap Chase' as some of his owners will be at the track on their way to support Scotland in the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham. Vengeur has looked to be coming back to his best form recently and he will love the soft going. 

We also have four runners at Ayr tomorrow. 
Well Above Par makes his hurdle debut over two miles. He has plenty of stamina and should stay further in time but the minimum trip is fine for his first try. He will be ridden by Stephen Mulqueen.

Vertigo is in the two and a half mile maiden hurdle. He should be fine on the heavy ground and will be ridden by Alexander Thorne.

Alex also rides Deepsand who is back at the track where he won his first hurdle race. He has schooled a lot in the past few weeks and seems in good form.

Finally, we run the mud loving Mumgos Debut with usual jockey Grant; he will be straighter for his two mile chase start last month and the trip should be fine for him.


Comments (1)

  • John McSharry

    Hello Lucinda

    I am greatly concerned about Derek Fox. Hopefully, everything will be ok.

    As for Jaimie, it really was a long journey home with Ryalex. In a strange way, I am pleased you mentioned this Lucinda. It serves as a timely reminder to the likes of me, it is not always glitzy and glamour, as some would have us believe!!

    On a lighter note, one of quite a few begging bowls I have in my back kitchen has come up trumps. I wanted the BBC to at least make a statement of intent to horseracing, even though they have no broadcasting rights for television. This view is one Lucinda I have been expressing to the BBC on a regular basis for the last 12 months and will continue to do so. Suffice to say, the BBC have announced a series of ten Friday racing programmes on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. I sincerely hope you will feature on at least one of these, perhaps at Wetherby on March 31, perhaps Ayr on April 21st. There is of course the normal BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra coverage, which includes every race at the upcoming Cheltenham Festival.

    Next time round, I want Horse Racing to finally get its act together. Let it be said, the BBC are genuine and want the sport to succeed, the same can be said for ITV. Therefore, in 2021, or maybe earlier, I want to see the BBC and ITV awarded a joint contract for televised racing in this country, with the added extra of letting the BBC and ITV make the decisions about the way racing should be done. For example, in 2022, the BBC televise the Grand National, whilst ITV cover the Cheltenham Festival. The following year sees a reversal with ITV at Aintree and the BBC go to Cheltenham. This is the way forward from my perspective and I think racing will be the winner, which is the most important thing.

    Good luck with all your runners and good luck to Derek especially.

    Go get em Jaimie!!

    Mar 10, 2017 @ 11:39am

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