We have always been crazy about Wild Polly at home and today at Ayr she showed us exactly why by hacking up in a classy mares’ novice hurdle. Her form from Doncaster had stacked up so we went there hopeful of a big run - and got it.
Against a highly-regarded mare from Paul Nicholls, I was particularly pleased by how far they both pulled clear before Polly put the race to bed after the last under a great, patient ride from Conor O’Farrell. Exciting times ahead and my immediate thoughts are to head to Newcastle for the French Furze next month. That will be another step up for her, but there’s plenty of potential and improvement to come.
Here is the coverage from Racing TV courtesy of Ayr….
Do Not Disturb ran well in his first chase, finishing third in gruelling conditions which wouldn’t have suited him. It was a very encouraging start and on better ground at somewhere like Musselburgh or Doncaster, he’ll be more comfortable.
Our second winner of the afternoon came in the stewards’ room after plucky Espoir Moriviere was beaten just on the line by Dan Skelton’s horse. But the video of the race soon proved pretty conclusively that there had been interference as they went to the line, meaning the short-head was enough to see the placings reversed. Obviously you never want to win a race that way, but on this occasion little Espoir had run so well he deserved it.
Slick at his hurdles he ran a blinder and he’s another of our horses finding stacks of improvement. Long may it continue! He's pictured above with Wild Polly and Emma before they loaded up to head home.
It’s now on to Wetherby and back to Ayr later this week - and it can’t come quick enough after today’s double.