Saturday 19th March 2016
Whether it was loose wingnuts that caused him to lose direction at Carlisle on Sat 19th March, I`m not sure ….I`d rather put it down to a 0-125 handicap hurdle proving to be too big an ask for our Charlie.
Can`t fault the way he ping`d every hurdle until he tired 2 out though…very impressive
But, receiving so much weight from his rivals, perhaps the logic should have been for Charlie to make the race more of a test of stamina for those carrying lots more weight than he was, but in this amateurs view, the race for 2ml 4f was run at a pretty sedate pace, with Charlies jockey seemingly content to sit just behind what pace there was…thus leaving plenty in the tank for the higher rated horses to battle up the hill, leaving Charlie to finish a well beaten 4th and a handicap hurdle mark which will presumably drop 2/3 lbs as a result.
He did look every bit like a decent chaser in the making though, and, for me, the sooner the time comes for him to go Novice Chasing the better.
Whether or not Sue decides to have another crack at with him over hurdles we`ll find out soon. Realistically, he`s more than capable of winning a 0-100 / 0-110 hurdle over 2ml 4 + so if Sue can find the right race for him, I`m sure we`ll see him in the winners enclosure before he starts his Chasing career.