There were some mixed results from the meeting at Perth last Thursday with Gripper faring best of our five runners (Katalystic was a non-runner due to the ground), staying on late to take second in the 3m novices’ handicap hurdle. Although yet to win for the yard, Gripper has developed into a consistent sort in his grade, both on the Flat and over hurdles, and we hope he can get his head back in front soon. In the same race, Flutter Down was never really travelling and we’ll now look to try him over fences in an attempt to get his career back on track.
In the feature 3m handicap chase, Elmono ran well for a long way until just fading into sixth on the run-in. Still working his way back to peak fitness following an injury-enforced lay-off, he should be capable of stepping up on this next time. Petite Rhapsody was outpaced off the home turn in a steadily-run novices’ hurdle but should find his level now handicapped on softer ground, whilst Vino’s Choice was disappointing in the 2m handicap hurdle but a valid excuse subsequently emerged.
This afternoon, Engles Rock ran on the Flat at Ayr, finishing a creditable fourth in the 1m2f handicap. In a strange race, the field soon split into three groups with the leader opening up a clear advantage over his two nearest pursuers, who in turn raced clear of the remainder until the eventual winner Tundra began to bridge the gap. Engles Rock got caught up with the main body of the field and simply found herself too far back to land a telling blow, but the way she kept on in the closing stages was a definite step back in the right direction.