A disappointing day with the two selections failing to reach the frame and both done in by the ditch. What A Friend (13/2 and advised at 10/1) was made a mistake at the ditch, four out and was never competitive after that. He finished 6th with jockey Sam Thomas in trouble with the stewards (suspended for 2 days) for failing to ride out for 5th place.
In the Queen Mother, Big Zeb (12/1 and advised at 14/1) was on the heels of the leaders in fifth and going well when he stood much too far off the ditch and landed on top of it, giving ‘Choc’ Thornton as nasty fall. There is a some doubt about Choc riding tomorrow who will have to pass a doctor’s examination in the morning.
There are more three more bullets to fire so let’s hope Big Bucks, my NAP of the Festival, hits the target in the 3.20pm tomorrow. After a 4 point loss today we go into Thursday, 3 points down.