Long Faces At Market Rasen
Unfortunately in little Emma Beag’s case, her lack of a long face, or the favourite’s longer one, cost her the race in yesterday’s 0-100 handicap hurdle over 3 miles at Market Rasen when she was beaten a nose in the tightest of photo finishes.
As in True Romance’s case at Musselburgh last month, we would much prefer the “official photo” to be one of the winning horse & connections as opposed to the one that goes to the Judge…..but nonetheless Emma lost nothing in defeat having run a great race, under a lovely ride from John Kington, after almost five months off the track.
Johnny had the eight year old held up on the outer for much of the race, taking closer order after the 7th hurdle. Having led over the 2nd last Emma was joined at the last by the eventual winner and when headed briefly on the run in she rallied gamely to regain the lead inside the last 100 yards, only to be denied on the line by a longer nose…..
Part-owner Mary Sadler, and husband Peter, were there to support their horse and hopefully it won’t be long before they have the official photo that we all want!
Of our other two runners, Forewarning remains a work in progress as he completed only his second run over hurdles. Kildaven Spider was disappointing, running no sort of race in the 2m3f, handicap chase before Henry pulled her up three out – perhaps something will come to light with her in the coming days.
Spider’s connections were also in attendance but a disappointing day for them was mitigated by a surprise invitation issued to our Owners that morning to join the Chairman of the Racecourse for lunch in the Boardroom where they were all thoroughly well fed & watered. It was a lovely gesture on behalf of the track & one that was very much appreciated by everyone.