A positive start for our 4 year old Storm Arcadio whose future certainly lies over obstacles and over a distance in excess of the minimum 2 miles.
Market Rasen on an overcast, rain-threatening day isn't a bad place to start your career under rules, Strom Arcadio already has a run in points to his name and the atmosphere wouldn't have been out of place on a cold Sunday on the hill at Horseheath.
The game on Sunday was all about education for both horse and trainer. For Storm Arcadio it was about handling the preliminaries, running through the line, experiencing the hustle and bustle of a 12-strong pack of horses jostling for position while in the horsebox, trainer and team faced challenges of their own as road closures became dead-ends and diversions on the A46.
Upon a successful arrival, trainer, jockey and connections from our Expecting to Fly Racing Club had plenty to be positive about.
Inquisitive not nervous, our 4yo Arcadio handled the parade ring with confidence and strolled to post with jockey Tabitha Worsley. Whilst he looked keen early on he soon settled and travelled well into the second circuit. A slowing of the pace turned the final half mile into a sprint and despite not being able to go with the leaders it was noticeable how he ran through the line and found a competitive finish with horses going off a fifth of his starting price.
The market suggested we were part of a group of outsiders, Storm Arcadio finished 7, 35 and 22 lengths in front of that group and while we know it's small steps at this stage we think he might be quite good in time.
Next week promises to be a busy one, entries for 3 horse. Keep an eye on social media channels for more information.