There was an air of excitement around at Lingfield today as Due South came back after two years off the racecourse in the colours of Pauline Reynolds who was experiencing sole ownership for the first time. When Due South had to be rested after a leg injury Pauline was prepared to take him on and give him the time he needed for a second chance. Seeing her colours on a racecourse for the first time was a great thrill.
Due South in a rainy parade ring.
The long absence and short nature of the race was never going to allow Due South to show his best, but he completed and Pauline is already plotting the future campaign.
After a chilling out on the beach with Itoldyou on Saturday in preparation for a race at Kempton this evening, Breden showed it had had the desired effect by easily taking the Class 3 one mile handicap. From the unhelpful wide out draw Robert Winston made sure he got up into a position just behind the leaders before switching him off in cruise control until they got into the home straight. He was then moved up on the outside and without any fuss moved into the lead. He eased away through the final furlong taking victory by 2 lengths.
Nancy (Invincible Sea) went to Lingfield today for barrier trials. Alex, riding her, also gained experience. Both horse and rider performed well with no problems, while owner Tony Betteridge felt, "excited for the future," having been present for the trials.