Bangor – Meade-King Robinson Novices’ Hurdle
By BG Racing Syndicates On 11th August 2018
My Brother – 3rd August 2018 – Finishing Position 4th of 9
A second outing for My Brother and a second race where only Phil was able to attend.
It was another long trip to Bangor and there was some concern that we would find that the ground was too firm and My Brother would need to be withdrawn. This proved an unfounded worry as on arrival we sought out Tom Scudamore who had ridden in the first race and he reported that the ground was perfect and pretty much the best ground he had seen all summer.
Neil and I headed into the Owners and Trainers restaurant for lunch. Like Perth, Bangor look after their owners very well, generously serving a carvery and dessert and a complimentary half bottle of wine per person. We found ourselves sat with the owners of Volvalien (who won later on the card) who used to be trained by Alan Fleming over in Ireland. They were a nice bunch to chat to and it was an enjoyable lunch. We then met Phil Simmonds who owns Walt, Neil’s other runner at the meeting.
Bangor is a strange course as I found when I went to watch a race, as there is no grandstand. The buildings have the paddock in front of them and between the paddock and the track there is only a grassy slope. The viewing is OK though and you can see most of the track.
Walt ran in the race before My Brother and after that finished, I headed over to the pre-parade ring where I met Billy who was leading up My Brother and Neil who arrived with the tack to saddle up.
My Brother was much more settled in the paddock than he had been at Perth which we felt was a good sign and he travelled well to post. He was noticeably sweating up at the start of the race which did not look good, but when they jumped off My Brother settled much better. He jumped right at the first but he did at least jump it fluently and quickly. He went right again at the second flight but again measured it well and whilst he put in a short stride at the third, he again jumped accurately. He was 5th heading out onto the final circuit of the track and travelling well.
Despite getting a bit close to the next hurdle, it was another nice jump at the next and as the field began to bunch up, My Brother went a little right at the next but it was another good leap. There was a slightly slow jump at the next as again he got a bit close to the hurdle and maybe lost about a length. The pace started to increase and the next was a good enough jump and left My Brother a close up 5th although the tendency to go right at hurdles was costing some ground.
Turning for home, Tom sent him to the outside and he pulled though to a share of third but started to come under pressure and lost a couple of lengths on the run to the second last. He jumped it OK but had ground to make up on the run to the last and it quickly became clear that he would not be able to close the gap. He was not given a hard time by Tom and he did not lose any more ground running well through the line.
He was beaten around 13 lengths but Tom reported that he felt that this was a better performance than his run at Perth. He jumped much better and had not pulled so hard during the race.
After a debrief from Tom and Neil, where both indicated that they felt that My Brother would win races, we were invited to the winning connections room by the racecourse for a drink. This rounded off the day nicely and being an owner at Bangor is an enjoyable experience.