A double at Wetherby on Saturday with Charmix and Blue Buttons briefly put an end to our frustrating run of near misses in recent weeks.
But we were soon hitting the crossbar again during the afternoon as Voix D’Eau, Jolly's Cracked It and He’s A Charmer were all beaten narrowly at Ascot while Rock On Ruby did well to finish second on ground that was much too soft for him at Wetherby on his first attempt over three miles.
It seems wherever we go with Ruby the going turns against him. It is so tough on the horse because he tries so hard every time he runs.
It is fair to say, though, that the testing conditions at Wetherby were ideal for the ever reliable Blue Buttons who excelled in winning the Listed olbg.com Mares' Hurdle by five lengths in the colours of the Harry Fry Racing Club.
My original plan was to switch her to a new career over fences at Wincanton on November 19. But she won so well at Wetherby I might just look for another Listed mares race for her over hurdles.
I'll have a chat with Noel Fehily over the weekend, see what he has to say and then make a decision.
Noel also rode Charmix to victory on his debut over hurdles at Wetherby. It was good to see the horse back on track after a disappointing run in a bumper at Aintree in May when he was far too keen for his own good.
I was confident that wasn't his true running and he was much more settled this time. I liked the way Charmix found more at Wetherby when pressed by the favourite Ennistown in the closing stages. Hopefully there is more to come from him.
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