Wetherby - Wednesday October 12th
The main talking point of the afternoon was the void race following an injury to Ashburton Lad. I haven't seen the race so can't comment in full, but a photo I have seen suggests the riders passed a few yards from an official waving a yellow flag. On that basis the riders should have stopped and have to take their punishement. On course staff are occasionally called on to make a swift judgement on safety issues and the head groundsman deserves support on this occasion.
Thoughts should go out to Ashburton Lad's connections on their loss.
Keep an eye open for northern circuit regular LINDSEYFIELD LODGE. He hinted at a return to form when running an admittedly well held third in the Class 5 handicap chase. He showed a similar sign of revival before scoring at Kelso around the same time last year and might just be worth a few bob in upcoming outings. Don't risk the mortgage on him though!
SAFARI ADVENTURES led the Bobby Renton Handicap chase field a merry dance for most of the way, jumping exuberantly as ever. Lucinda Russell's kept on well once headed, finished a clear second and looks in good heart. Chris Bealby's winner PERSIAN GATES won this comfortably, is progressive and is likely to make a mark in upcoming middle distances chases.
BLENHEIM BROOK is well regarded as a potential chaser by Lucinda Russell. He took a while to warm to his task over hrudles, and I suspect the same is happening over fences. He kicked on four out but found MR MOSS too strong in the closing stages. I suspect the runner-up has come across two potentially decent chasers in Astracad and Mr Moss.