Bullion back in business
Bullionaire took a welcome step forward at Uttoxeter on Tuesday with his first success since his outstanding bumper campaign.
His career was in some doubt after he was diagnosed as a low grade ‘wobbler’ early in the summer following a worrying display when he was pulled up on his debut over hurdles at Newton Abbot in May.
He responded well to treatment and then it was a case of building up his core strength with lots of steady exercise on the flat and trotting up Seaborough Hill ridden by my wife Ciara.
It looks as though we are on top of the issue now and you could see the benefit of all Ciara’s hard work and patience when Bullionaire ran a race full of promise at Exeter just over a month ago.
He certainly looked more like his old self as he totally dominated the opposition in a maiden hurdle on Tuesday.
For the last half mile he was running in a race on his own and it was notable that he was extremely strong at the finish.
I’m delighted for his owners Phil Fry and Charlie Walker who had such high hopes for him after his bumper season.
Given Bullionaire’s past problems we will not be in a rush with him and will see how he comes out of the race before making any firm plans.
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