A couple more seconds for the month today, it's certainly a frustrating spell we're going through, knocking at the door but never really hammering through it and charging onwards. It'll come though.
We had four selections in all, the first in the 12.50 at Catterick. Kingdom Of Munster (1pt) was put up at 7/1, in the juvenile maiden hurdle, and went off at the same price. He ran reasonably without ever really getting close to the eventual winner, coming third.
Then we had Shadows Lengthen (1pt) in the 1.50 at Catterick, at 8/1, in the novices' hurdle. Going off at 8s, he traded at big prices in running but came storming home and only just failed, he would have won if the post was five yards further down the track. Hitting the last hurdle didn't help too.
Next up we had Simply Wings (1pt) at 9/2, in the 2.40 at Hereford. Travelling well after starting at 11/4 and seemingly about to pick off the long time leader he traded at 3s on in running, but his top weight just counted against him in the end and he couldn't quicken, finishing second.
Finally we had Grand Award (2pt) in the 3.20 at Catterick. Advised at 7/1, he continued to be well backed into 4/1, but made too many jumping mistakes to give himself a decent chance, including at the final fence which has been a feature of his in recent races. A winner in waiting surely if he can improve his jumping.
Confirmation of results with sps:
Kingdom Of Munster, 3rd/10, 7/1 ---- 7/1
Shadows Lengthen, 2nd/15, 8/1 ---- 8/1
Simply Wings, 2nd/10, 9/2 ---- 11/4
Grand Award, 4th/11, 7/1 ---- 4/1
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