ENGLAND AND WALES JOIN IRELAND AND SCOTLAND IN RACING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
The BHA have announced that only essential personnel will be able to attend race meetings until the end of March at the earliest, when a further review will be taken. Wetherby on Tuesday are operating a scheme where each owner of a runner will be allowed two badges for entry to the meeting, at the time of writing it is unclear whether this is official policy or if each racecourse can use their own discretion.
We have three runners at Wetherby on Tuesday, when in the opening event at 2.0.pm Kisumu tries to make it 44th time lucky.he appears to have no problem laying up with the pace, but when push comes to shove he more than often appears to get outpaced. Races don't come much weaker than this, so with the assistance of Emma Smith-Chaston, hope once again springs eternal.
In the 3.45.pm our ex French import Lucou will, like last time at Newcastle be the mount of Becky Smith. It can often take a while for horses to become acclimatised in a new country, and for the first time in a handicap, on that last run he showed ability when being beaten ten lengths by Orkan, only becoming outpaced on the run down to the last.
Our final runner is The Very Thing under Alain Cawley in the 4.55.pm. He joined us in the Autumn of last year from the Olly Murphy yard, and in three runs for us since is still to get competitive. The silver lining to that of course is that the handicapper has relented by dropping him seventeen pounds from his peak of 112, that added to this drop in class to grade five gives us something to work with.