Wetherby weather be windy!
It was a windy day at Wetherby yesterday (but isn’t it always?!) when One In A Row lined up in a field of 11 runners for the 2m3f handicap hurdle just 8 days after his 4th place at Ayr on heavy ground.
Despite being dry and bright, the West Yorkshire track had to pass an early inspection following heavy snow washed away by a deluge of rain in the preceding days. Although not an issue for One In A Row (as the hurdles were all present and correct) the omission of three of the four chase fences in the back straight resulted in the novel concept of what could be described as a “Flat Chase” for the two races on the card over the bigger obstacles. Nevertheless Jonjo & his team had done exceptionally well to get racing on.
Running out of the handicap, and with jockey Ross Chapman’s claim only partially redressing the weight differential, One In A Row showed no lasting effects from last week’s brave run and held his position well throughout the race.
Foot perfect over his hurdles out of the heavy ground, Ross asked him to go on three out when the previously steady pace lifted entering the home straight. Although he didn’t quite have the toe to match the front two, he stayed on strongly for 3rd beaten only 7 1/2 lengths.
It was especially lovely that all his connections were in attendance and having enjoyed the new Owners & Trainers facility at Wetherby, they were then delighted to welcome the horse back into the winners enclosure.
Belying his 11 years and status as a maiden, One In A Row has now posted three places from his five runs since joining the yard and is clearly loving his racing. It would be a proud moment indeed for all concerned if he managed to get that deserved first career win before too long.
Definitely the ground for wellies Danny!
Come on Kev, time to take me for a well earned shower!