Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Sometimes Second Is Great.

After finishing second three times in his races since November another second place today might seem disappointing or frustrating for Itoldyou, but not a bit of it!  This time he was taking on higher class individuals in the Norfolk National, a valuable Class 3 handicap chase.  Ridden by Jack Sherwood, claiming 3 pounds, he set off in the middle of the 10 runners but quickly established a position well in touch in 4th place.  For much of the race he travelled in 3rd or 4th place close to the eventual winner.  The ground had become "good to firm" and the faster pace might have accounted for slight jumping errors at the 14th and 16th obstacles. Going out on the final circuit he was maintaining his position as 6 horses moved clear.  At the end of the back straight he had a share of second place which he cemented after the open ditch.  Rounding the home turn he moved clear of the chasing pack but was still a few lengths down on the leader approaching the last.  Here he seemed to have a difference of opinion with his jockey, deciding he couldn't manage the long one he was asked for.  He hit the fence hard but somehow Jack stayed glued to him and Itoldyou found a leg to stay upright.  The mistake didn't slow him and he ran on to the line going down by 5 lengths but 7 lengths ahead of the third placed horse.  This was a prestigious and valuable race and even second place earned him over £4000.  This takes his winnings past the £50 000 mark.
On top of all that he was awarded the "best turned out" prize of £50 which Alex gratefully received.
All in all a great day.
Itoldyou, best turned out.
Almost giving it away at the last.  Well sat!

Karen and Alex lead in the hero.

Taking his place in the 2nd spot.

Totally chilled out after the race.

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