It was great to finally send our first selections out after the two month break. It seems to have been an age since the end of August, and it was a lovely feeling to get going again.
What wasn't so great was the fact we ended the day five points down.
First, Double Banded was a 1pt selection at 8/1 in the opener at Plumpton, a two mile maiden hurdle. Jim Best's gelding, having his first run for the stable, hadn't actually been on a racecourse for more than a year. He put in a decent showing for a good part of the race, racing prominently and travelling well for the most part. But something looked to go amiss just as things began to get serious and he was quickly pulled up.
In the 1.55 at Plumpton, also a two mile hurdle, but this time a handicap, Baby Car was a 2pt pick at 11/2, but didn't really ever look like getting into things, finishing halfway down the field after drifing to 8/1 before post time.
Then it was on to our third and final selection, in the 2.05 at Kempton, a novices handicap over 2m4f. Alteranthela was another 2pt selection, at 5/1 after being heavily backed this morning. Up with the pace for a good part of the race, he faded in the closing stages to be a well beaten fourth.
Not a great first day by any means, but we look forward to tomorrow for better.
Confirmation of results with sps:
Double Banded, PU/12, 8/1
Baby Car, 6th/10, 8/1
Alteranthela, 4th/7, 5/1