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The spirited success of Momella at Exeter on Friday was a welcome tonic for the yard after an unusually quiet period over the past few weeks.
Nothing came to light when we ran a number of checks but one or two of our horses have run below par and a few haven’t quite been finishing their races.
But the signs have been more encouraging all week and now that Momella has broken the ice I’m full of hope that we have turned the corner and can kick on.
Momella has shone this season and showed a great attitude as she stayed on stoutly to catch Midnightreferendum in the closing stages of the re-scheduled £25,000 Listed Mares’ Chase.
Momella jumped and travelled well from the start and with Sean Bowen at his best in the saddle they were a formidable combination. She has now won over fences at two, two and a half and three miles during this campaign.
As I’ve always felt Momella had plenty of stamina I probably shouldn’t have run her last time at Warwick when she found the pace a bit warm and was out of her comfort zone. I am now looking at another Listed mares’ race for her over three miles at Perth in April.
We ended the day at Exeter on a frustrating note when our newcomer PT Barnum somehow managed to go the wrong side of a wing shortly after the start of the bumper.
He got wound up in the preliminaries and I’m cross with myself for not going down to the start to make sure he jumped off with the others.
Hopefully there will be other days for PT Barnum who was second favourite at Exeter and has shown promise at home.
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