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Bags back in the Groove

23-February-2019 21:45
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by Admin

Bags Groove returned to form with a fluent success in the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase at Kempton on Saturday.

But it was another tough day for all our team as we lost a second horse in five days when Overtown Express broke his fetlock at Chepstow.

That followed the death of Misterton on Tuesday in a heavy fall at Taunton.

At times like this it is hard to pick yourselves up but it did help that Bags Groove was clearly well on his way back to his best earlier in the day.

Always in the first two, jumping accurately, he pressed on turning for home and kept on strongly to beat Castafiore by one and a half lengths.

This was much more like it under a 5lbs penalty from a horse who made such a bright start over fences with a hat-trick before a below par run at Kempton over Christmas when he was not firing on all cylinders.

I blame myself for running him too soon in that race just over two weeks after his highly impressive triumph at Huntingdon. I have learned my lesson and will not be making the same mistake again.

Bags Groove handled the drop in trip fine at Kempton and looked good in giving 7lbs to the runner up with the favourite Secret Investor well beaten.

Cheltenham is not on the agenda for Bags Groove as Noel Fehily and I feel he is best suited by a flat track on good ground.

So he heads next to Aintree where he will have entries in races over two and a half miles and three miles. We also have the option to take him to the Punchestown Festival at the end of the season.

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