A fun day was had at Cocklebarrow Races yesterday, despite ‘Storm Isha’ making an appearance! We were lucky with the weather really as despite high winds the rain held off for most of the afternoon.
There had been a lot of rain overnight and whilst that made it raceable as all of the frost was out the ground, coupled with the strong drying wind made for a very sticky surface. Our little dude Passing Affair (aka Peggy) travelled well in the lorry and was nice and relaxed during the preliminaries.
Amber Jackson-Fenell was on board and she pulled Peggy up at just over 2 miles on the last circuit. She jumped 14 fences but just got out of the running and tailed off. Amber was confident she would have finished quite happily in her own time but obviously there was no point in putting her through that on that ground.
So all in all a rather ‘nothing’ performance that didn’t really tell us that much. We opted for a hood as her work at home indicated she may prove keen, it may have chilled her out a bit too much or she was just a bit overwhelmed and green for her first outing. We concluded all we can do is run her again not in the hood and on better ground, hoping to be more prominent. Amber definitely thought she was getting a bit stuck so hopefully that was putting her off as we know she loves her jumping and to have her head in front. Back to the drawing board on this one!.. but we think a lot of Peggy and are happy to give her the benefit of the doubt as nothing really was right for her yesterday. Justin reports she is well this morning and chilling out in the field.
Thanks to everyone who came along to support us, it was lovely to see Pete and Penny Pritchard in the paddock who bred Peggy out of their mare Astral Affair.