Fiddlers Bow just outplayed by an Irish jig
It was the turn of Fiddlers Bow to head cross-border this week for the second of Perth Racecourse’s two day Glorious Finale Festival which concluded their racing for 2018.
Dropping back in trip from his last outing at Cartmel, he was running in the 2m4f, 0-120 handicap chase with Henry (Brooke) once again doing the steering.
Henry had Fiddlers held up in the early stages and the pair then made headway to move smoothly through the field of nine runners from three fences out.
Perth is always well supported by the top Irish trainer, Gordon Elliott, and this meeting was no exception. We were therefore, if not surprised, perhaps misfortunate to run into one of his horses in our race as it made all under Richard Johnson to win by 3 lengths from Fiddlers, who in turn held on for 2nd place from the favourite.
Although Fiddlers Bow’s owners, Mervyn Buckley & the Brough Farm Racing Partnership, were denied their first win it was hard to be disappointed given that the rest of the field were some 18+ lengths behind the first three at the line. Not to mention the fact that Fiddlers had lost a shoe somewhere en route round the 15 fences…
Nor were they alone in finishing runner up to the incomparable Elliott/Johnson partnership seeing as a total of five of the seven races on the day went that way!
Two of the connections had also made the long trip northwards to support their horse and it was lovely that Fiddlers has now taken them into the winners enclosure, albeit with a place, on both occasions of his two runs for them. Hopefully with the changing of the seasons and the advent of some autumnal weather, his next outing will be on ground to which is he is more suited and that deserved first win will soon come…..