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Highlight of the week....
Believe it or Ortega Trail was our only placed horse of the whole week so was the highlight by default!
Low point of the week
Several of our selections looked to be in with big chances but it turned out they were flattering to deceive and not finishing off their races
when we are having a bit of a bad run such as we are at the moment it's always tempting to try and find a way to put some kind of a positive spin on things... the way that poor old Theresa Mays team is constantly having to do. But then again we are definitely not in as bad a shape as she is!
As you all know we always hold our hands up when things aren't going exactly to plan and there is no getting away from the fact this week has been pretty disappointing. For whatever reason, a lot of our selections have looked to be going really well and would definitely be involved in the shake-up but they all ran out of gas at the business end of the race and whether it was weight, lack of fitness or running too free they just did not finish off their races.
On Friday at Newbury Sam Spinner was off the bridle from a long way out and was never going to feature even before he was brought down. I do think that's not his true running and he will be better than that as the season progresses.
On the same card Aux Ptits Soins was given a patient ride by Harry Skelton and crept into the race and 3 out looked to be going best of all. He got to within a couple of lengths of the eventual winner by the second last but under top weight just couldn't quicken and was done on the line for a place.
We put 4 selections up on Saturday and Adrien Du Pont was a case in point how our selections have been running this week. Coming round the home turn he had jumped into the lead and was going so well that Harry Cobden even took a pull not wanting to go on too soon. 3 out he was still in front and I was sure we would at least place but he folded very quickly to eventually finish down the field in 7th. Frustratingly the other two Nicholls runners finished 1st and 2nd.
Then we had Speedo Boy who did run a little keenly but cruised into third spot two out and was only a couple of lengths of the eventual winner Champ but again when asked to quicken there wasn't a lot left and he finished 3rd.
Thomas Patrick was the same story having gone off far too fast. He led until the 15th fence (with some urging from Richard Johnson) but grew lead boots and was pulled up.
Otago Trail ran the best race of all our selections and looked the winner two out, but a 600-odd day break combined with giving nearly a stone to the 1st and 2nd proved just too much and was beaten on the run in but at least managed to hang on for the place.
Our first selection on Sunday Bon Chic probably did too much up front in the conditions and she paid for it dearly and by the second last it was all over as she faded badly and finished down the field.
Finally, to cap off a poor week we had Monfass who never got into the race at all and finished stone last.
So a week to put behind us but we are confident that things will turn round and we will be back in the winner's enclosure soon.
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