Mountain Rescue was an impressive winner at Kempton for his owners on Monday. I’ll admit we didn’t quite expect that type of performance and thought we were running for a place. The effort was a career best from the horse. MR showed a sound turn of foot, something that we didn’t think he had in his locker. It was an excellent training performance by Chris Wall as MR had the Newmarket virus last month.
James Doyle gave MR a lovely ride, Mr Doyle was quite taken with the acceleration Mountain Rescue showed and was very complementary about the horse. MR put the race to bed in a matter of strides and kept on all the way to the line in a very competitive race. It was an exciting performance.
We’ll see what the handicapper does but it’s likely Mountain Rescue will be running in 0-90 races going forward. That’s a very smart level and opens up some nice races with big money on offer.
We have another runner today at Perth, Milrow takes his chance in the 5:15. Apart from a blip at Market Rasen where we ran again too quickly, Milrow has been very consistent and given us a lot of fun this season. With soft ground likely not far away and some of the Winter horses coming out in the next month this will likely be Milrow’s last start of the season over hurdles.
Four Mile Beach beat us at Market Rasen and we meet him again plus give weight away. Trespassed and the newcomer L’Apogee look big dangers as does Silver Streak.
Milrow will run his race providing the long journey hasen't taken anything out of him. His best form would see him there or there abouts but it wouldn't be surprising if one of the newcomers went well.
I’ve not been to Perth before so I’m looking forward to ticking off another racecourse.