Last week saw 3 Crowd Racing horses run for the Gold and Green Crowd and while Honourmission and Born To Finish ran with credit, Arishka was disappointing. Honourmission ran a decent 4th at Newcastle in the 2m4f furlong handicap hurdle for Sam and Jonathan England, a much improved performance and a very good effort. It must be onwards and upwards now for Honourmission, Sam likes him a lot and he is relatively unexposed so further improvement is likely.
Born To Finish was stepping up to a mile for the first time in a long time, and the race was very messy and had a very stop, start nature to the pace which strongly favoured the horses ridden prominently. David Probert gave BTF a very good ride, but he got trapped behind a wall of horses that just weren’t travelling quick enough and when he did get the chance to find room, he ran into more trouble and had to switch again. All things considered, it was a decent run and we now know that BTF does stay a mile well, which opens up a number of other options.
Arishka has seemed to be falling out of love with racing, which is a huge shame as she is in fine form at home for Dan and Claire Kubler, and once again at Newcastle on Saturday she disappointed after travelling so nicely. It isn’t uncommon with a filly for them to decide enough is enough race wise, and if she doesn’t show more enthusiasm for the racecourse, we may have to retire her to stud. She is very nicely bred and has 2 wins to her name this year, so will have value in the broodmare world.