01 Aug AMOURICE finishes 3rd at Newmarket on Friday 27th July
After weeks of wall to wall sunshine and high temperatures, the weather broke in dramatic style. The thunder storms started about 4am on Friday morning (John kindly woke me to tell me!) before hitting a record high at lunchtime. However, the storms were back again late in the afternoon and the going at Newmarket changed to soft. This resulted in SLEEPING LION being withdrawn and only 3 runners in the race.
AMOURICE certainly appeared to be back to normal and was on her toes probably helped by the claps of thunder. As a result, she was mounted in the chute so that Jane’s team could keep her walking on. She cantered down to post only to find out that due to the close proximity of the lightning, the race was going to be delayed. Luckily her horse whisperer was down at the start to take charge of her especially as she was not wearing a hood for the first time. The other two runners sauntered down and as they waited at the stalls, it was decided that they were going to have to have a flag start as they could not risk having horses in the stalls and then the stalls getting struck by lightning. Not ideal for a horse like AMOURICE and I think that we all wondered if she would jump off or plant herself. The flag went up and she was off with the others.
Unfortunately, as there were only 3 runners, the race lacked pace from the start so our jockey David Egan allowed her to bowl along in front at her own pace. About 2 furlongs out, David started to push her out which woke up the other two and the race turned into a bit of a sprint. Unfortunately, she was never going to win a sprint like that and she finished 3rd although only 2¾ lengths from the winner.