At last some rain has arrived and Neil entered Charmer in a novice chase at Plumpton. There is a distinct lack of novice and beginners chases at present and very few of the desired distance. As such, this race was shorter in trip than we would have liked. Only 10 entries were made and come 13th November, only 4, including us declared.
There were two very smart novice chasers in the line up – Baron Alco and Wishing And Hoping. It was expected that they would set off at pace and take each other on and that was exactly what happened. Our lad couldn’t go with them at that pace and so Noel let them get on with it. They sparred for the first circuit, both running quite freely and at times being very exuberant and a little chancy. As they headed off down the back straight on the last circuit, Wishing And Hoping was caught out at the downhill fence down the back, and pitched on landing and fell. This left Baron Alco well clear and us in a distant 2nd. Not the most exciting race you’ll ever see with them all finishing at wide intervals, but as soon as we knew the faller was OK, we were happy to pick up second and for Charmer to jump around clear and finish safe and sound. He didn’t jump as well as at Chepstow but that is likely as he spent much of the race on his own and would probably have preferred some company.
We’re not sure if we will get a mark or not come next Tuesday, so Neil is trying to find another novice/beginners chase in case we don’t. Certainly when we do have a mark we’ll have far more options.
Charmer came out of the race very well again and we are looking forward to getting out on a track again very soon.