Rory Makes His A Double
Ruaraidh Hugh braved the searing temperatures yesterday and returned to Worcester to tackle a field of 15 in the 2m4f, 0-100 handicap hurdle under a penalty for his win there just 9 days ago.
The course had thoughtfully warned in advance of the expected weather conditions and assistant trainer Danny was relieved on arrival, after a gruelling journey in heavy traffic and the temperature gauge in the horsebox showing 30+ degrees, to find they had been allocated a stable with plenty of shade. Kev then did a sterling job hosing Rory off at regular intervals to ensure he remained cool ahead of his race.
With our ex-Conditional jockey Ross Turner in the saddle, Ruaraidh Hugh was sent off second favourite this time and settled for much of the race in a share of 3rd/4th place.
However turning in he hit the front and, with his ears pricked and a big bold jump at the third last, he soon quickened away from the rest of the field.
Rory then kept on strongly, jumping the last with a 15 length advantage, and although he was perfectly entitled to idle a little on the run-in, his ears were still pricked as he passed the line for a comfortable six length win.
The whole team couldn’t be more proud of this little horse and absolutely delighted for his owners, the Harbour Rose Partnership.
Ruaraidh Hugh wore much the same expression on the way home too!
Catch me if you can…..
Photos courtesy of www.nigelkirbyphotography.com