Bert’s Offline

Bert has asked me to post as he has been without an internet connection at the farm for a few days. BT aren’t showing any great urgency in fixing the line as the issue only affects Bert and one other property.

Bert’s only runner in recent days was Lilac Moon at Haydock on Saturday. A cheapish claim as a 3 year old, she was a star last season – finishing with a hat-trick of wins. She picked up a problem on her return at Lingfield in March and, though only 4th of 6, will probably have benefited from Saturday’s outing after over 3 months off. We hope to find an opportunity for her over the next 2-3 weeks. She was dropped a pound by the handicapper this morning.

Bert is involved with five Tom Dascombe trained two year old fillies that run in the colours of the Timeform Betfair Racing Club. Only one, Quaker Parrot, has seen the track so far and she has already broken her maiden. Another, Open Glory (by Lando, Lando Open Glory …) runs in the 7:20 at Newbury this evening. Tom thinks a lot of her. However, the race looks competitive enough, with several more expensive purchases in the field. Whatever the outcome, she should improve for the experience and Newbury is a nice track for youngsters, with the added advantage in her case that it’s just down the road from Lambourn.

Another TBRC filly, Where’s The Soap (by Country Reel), should be making her debut at either Chester or Lingfield on Saturday. She would have been in the 6 furlong race at Newbury tonight but missed the cut by one. This was made all the more annoying when a non runner was declared first thing yesterday morning.

That’s all for now – Bert will hopefully be returning to cyberspace soon.