18 Oct CREDITABLE 4TH PLACE FOR IMPROVING DOCTOR PARKES
Doctor Parkes faced a stiff task from his wide draw over 6 furlongs at Kempton this evening, but under an excellent ride from jockey Pat Cosgrave, he worked his way into 4th place at the finish, with our jockey believing that a better starting position would definitely have seen him in the shake-up, so well had he battled throughout. Some better luck withour old-timer is surely due!
Meanwhile a return to Kempton on the following evening saw RUBAN unsuccessful in the mile handicap, due no doubt in part to the fact he had for some reason become stressed on the journey to the races and was heavily sweating prior to the startof the race. He never settled and was not showing any sparkle throughout the race, much to the disappointment of our trainer, jockey and supporters. Hopefully this is only a temporary one-off set-back which can be overcome for his next outing, since our trainer feels he is now working well enough at home on the gallops to suggest he can become competitive again.