Sunday 10th January 2021
You can have a plan on how you believe a race will unfold but it only needs one horse to do something slightly different eg make the running and slow the pace up considerably and your plan may as well be scrunched up and put in the bin!
This is what happened yesterday to Zefferino at Lingfield. Due to being drawn 12 of 12 the plan was to go down the inside rail (as he likes), go down the outer and he’ll go too free. Keep a plan simple, all we needed was a good gallop and in a competitive race you normally find a couple of horses that want to go on. Unfortunately not for us, they turned it into a traffic jam of 30 mph with horses bunched up and no gaps to go through! He ended up having to come widest on the bend into the home straight with the leaders striding on at 40mph. Zefferino ran on to be beaten just 5 lengths, so frustrating.
Zefferino - ready to win but receiving continuous wide draws!