Tuesday, September 30, 2014

22, Not 21!

Firstly, I have to admit a big mistake - I'd said Pretty Gully was my 21st winner, when in fact, she was my 22nd. Poor Agua De Vida - running at the same time as Pop Label in Hokkaido, everything tended to be overshadowed by this magnificent creature, but Agua did win one, and that shouldn't be forgotten.

Porthos Du Vallon was fourth at Ayr, which seems more than reasonable given that it was a Class 3 race with 13 runners. There are plans to race him one more time at Musselburgh before entering a Junior Hurdle event, although I've heard this before, and I'm not building up hopes of it ever happening - ultimately, that's why Danielle's Journey ended up being bought, adding more expense to the racing budget. At least we've got River Spirit to brighten things up in the UK on Thursday. Running at Kempton in the Barn Dance Handicap Stakes, Sam Hitchcott has been named as the jockey - the gentleman that gave this charming filly her first win.

Back to Australia, where we've been having a lot of success with the JLH Racing team, and Raining Dollars makes his debut in the 2:00 on Thursday at Townsville. This is a 1000m maiden handicap race on turf, and we've got the highly-experienced Jeff Felix lined up as jockey. Now, we're not expecting a great result here - simply a practice run - but you just never know what will happen in these initial outings. One thing is for sure, though, Raining Dollars (aka Ted) has a super team behind him, and if anyone can pull something out of the hat once the gates open, I'd say Mr Felix is your man. Watch this space...

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