It was with a mixture of immense pride and huge trepidation, dear reader, that I traveled up to beautiful Warwick yesterday. The purpose of my mission? To greet my fellow Obvious co-owners, and to cheer the same beast in her first race for us.
I've recorded some suitably amateur video footage, which I'll endeavour to add to the blog later in the week (once I've worked out how to operate a Flip camera!)
For now though, below is a recording of the race (no sound, alas). Obvious comes out of stall 17 (the far left), and is in the dark blue and white quarters, red sleeves and cap. In fact, in the still below, she's in front! 🙂
It was great to see some of the Geegeez mob there. The idea of the Racing Club is predicated on it being a social setup, where some of us like-minded individuals get together, have a drink, and talk ponies (or pony, if you like).
I know those of you who were in the Owners and Trainers Bar with me yesterday had a good time, as did I with you!
I thought Obvious looked fantastic beforehand, and she took everything so calmly, which was brilliant. You never quite know with fillies how theyâ€™re going to react on the track.
She bounced out of the stall, and seemed plenty keen enough (whilst not actually pulling too hard, if that makes sense).
Towards the end, she definitely got tired and Amir stopped riding (rightly, in my opinion) over two furlongs out, so the final finishing position is not as accurate as it might be. He also suggested afterwards that the trip was probably a bit on the long side, so she'll likely come back to around a mile or a mile and a quarter next time.
All told, although she was beaten quite a long way at the line, it was a really promising run, and Iâ€™m looking forward to her next outing, after which weâ€™ll know what sheâ€™s been allotted for handicaps. 🙂
Iâ€™ve emailed Julia to see how she came out of the race (Obvious, not Julia!). She looked fine immediately after, but thatâ€™s not always the full story is it?
Looking forward to a fitter run next timeâ€¦
That's all for now, but I'll be back later with some more video (hopefully!).