Phew. I decided that having not backed Shepherd’s Warning last time I’d have a proper go at her this time. She got home and she wasn’t claimed – a win double. The RP marked the run at 65, 3lb below her last run, commenting that she was “not exactly progressive”. Richard Kingscote told us that she was flicked in the face by Longoria’s jockey’s whip a couple of furlongs out which slowed her in her tracks – he thought she won with a bit in hand and would have done it a lot easier without the whip incident.
I’m glad she wasn’t claimed as I think she is better than claiming class – we dropped her down because it’s tough to win a nursery off her current mark and it seemed like the only option. She came out of the race well and could come out quickly but we can’t see a suitable race for her – she’s in the Doncaster sales at the end of January and we’ll decide between now and then whether we want to leave her in.
Next runner will probably be Ours, who ought to have an excellent chance of winning following his head second last time. He may come out on Wednesday.