This game, like life, teaches you pretty fast that when you see an opportunity you grab it. Five non-runners after a deluge of rain hit Bangor the day before suggested we weren't the only yard thinking twice about running our horse on the soft ground in the morning.
The form book didn't give too many clues as to the ability of Cesar Du Gouet to handle the conditions but we got the impression he might have an eye for a battle and such was the case. The 8 year old is a recent acquisition, another benefit of seizing an opportunity when it arrives, and he has settled into life at Glebe Barn well.
His previous 9 runs have all come with some sort of headgear; tongue straps, hoods, cheekpieces and blinkers. To see what we had, Laura cannily decided to remove it all and start fresh. A shrewd move as he moved to post with little fuss under Fergus Gregory.
"led, joined 7th, headed 8th, ridden and pressed leader after 3 out, upsides 2 out, no fluent last, kept on"
16/1 before the off and up with the pace throughout he jumped extremely well, particularly with the strong tailwind in front of the stands, turning for home he could have been forgiven for finishing 3rd with the favourite travelling in behind but showed great character to battle on for second after the last, the eventual winner making good use of the stone and a half weight he was receiving from our boy to win by 2 and a half lengths.
A run full of promise then and one that added a few more ponderables moving forward, namely the ability to handle soft ground and adaptable race tactics. We're excited to see what options lie ahead for him.
We'd love to share our excitement about where he goes next. Shares are now available in Cesar Du Gouet, a great way to get involved at an affordable cost. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.