It looks as though patience will be required with our 3yo filly Starboard Watch.
It has been pointed out to me on more than one occasion by both James Given our Trainer, and James Sullivan who has ridden her twice now.
Both believe she has plenty of talent….”a work in progress” is a frustrating term thats been used but, according to Sullivan she is a “great big horse” to which James added, and already she is seventeen hands tall and still a 3yo.
In simple terms then, its a case of her body strength has not yet grown to match her frame, and time and nature are the only “medicines” that will work.
Its been there for all to see, at Newcastle Redcar, and again last night at Kempton where she seemed to travel well and for a few moments looked as if she might get her nose in front, but flattered only to deceive, for the reasons mentioned above.
Tom Queally, after dismounting last night did say we should try her over 1ml 2f in her next race, and that will probably be the plan, after which a view will be taken about turning her out for a winter break, thus allowing her to do some of the growing and strengthening necessary for a 4yo campaign.