We have waited long enough for the rain to come so I’m glad it has arrived at Haydock in time for HERE COMES THE MAN (1.15) today. As you can see from this photo at Carlisle last time, he's a lovely big horse.
He won his point-to-point in deep ground and is by Flemensfirth, so conditions should be in our favour today. He was a bit outpaced at Carlisle a few weeks ago, but today should suit him far better and we’re looking forward to running him. There’s some decent opposition today so it will be another tough assignment, but he’s in good form at home so fingers crossed!
We were disappointed by Le Cheval Noir at Ayr on Monday. We went there pretty hopeful but he didn’t get going at all, he didn’t travel and kept putting down at his fences. There was a trickle of blood from his nose at the end, but he didn't stop like he'd burst. We will give him a couple of weeks off now, freshen him up and find some proper soft ground because that's what he really needs. We know he is much better than that so he’ll be back.
Cosmic Outlaw was at the other end of the scale, we were really chuffed with him - it was such a nice run. He had two very good horses in front of him. He jumped and stayed so it was a lovely introduction so there’s plenty to look forward to.
Eagle De Guye blew up a bit, it was fairly sharp for him and he was flat out all the way. His jumping didn’t stand up to the test at that speed but he had a good blow afterwards and will come on for the run. The next time you see him will be over three miles, that’s more his thing and there is improvement to come.