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Quiet start to Beckys hurdling season

After her successful exploits on the flat at Pontefract, it was mission accomplished for Micky Hammond, as Becky became the 4th horse I think that Micky has trained to win the annual Pontefract Stayers series, so once Becky had accumulated an unassailable points lead, we agreed she would have a short break before getting stuck into a winter hurdling campaign, as mentioned in previous post.

This began at Wetherby  on 17th Oct in a 3ml …yes 3 mile  0-140 hcp, with Micky of the opinion she would get the trip.

Well she didn`t…..on this occasion anyway.

Sean Quinlan said he thought coming into the straight we would be in the money, but she just did not get the trip, and we should return to her optimum trip 2ml 4f.

She was still blowing quite hard  when we were discussing the race in the unsadddling enclosure, so perhaps she needed the race anyway.

Fast forward to Wetherby again, this time the 17th Nov where Becky was declared for a 2ml 3.5 f hcp 0-135, but Sean Quinlan was needed by Jennie Candlish at Uttoxeter, Finian O`Toole was injured, so Micky suggested we give the ride to his new arrival Billy Garrity, a 10lb claimer with a good racing pedigree in the form of his dad, and top jockey in his day, Russell.

Billy rode an excellent race, followed instructions to the letter, and could not be faulted in finishing a close 4th to Wemyss Point.

Beaten by less than 4 lengths, it did look for a while as though Billy was going to be our hero….apologies to the pop group Paper Lace !! nevertheless this was  more like it from Becky.

Now down to a mark of 122, with a further re assessment by the handicapper to come after her latest run,  I have already suggested her next race to Micky.

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