Lord George Denied On The Line from News of the James Fanshawe: Racehorse Trainer website.

Lord George Denied On The Line

Posted on: 31st Mar 2018

LORD GEORGE looked as if he might win the Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes but just got caught on the line by the french horse Funny Kid who came from just behind us to win by a nose. It would have been a great start for both FAR and the yard to have won but he ran such an amazing race.

We had never thought that Lingfield would suit LORD GEORGE as he likes to use his long stride. Daniel Muscutt did a great job getting off the rail and in a position where LORD GEORGE was able to get into a good rhythm sitting fourth throughout the race. It was a slowly run race the pace set by Watersmeet which also did not suit us but Dan asked our fella to quicken three furlongs out and he was able to keep the momentum going. He quite often hits a bit of a flat spot a furlong and a half out which he did again but he was able to keep going but just got nabbed on the line. We were thrilled to bits with him.

He had a bad foot two weeks ago and had to have a few days off but worked very well with some nice horses last Saturday so we decided to have go for it to give his owners some fun. It is a very good day and Lingfield go to a lot of trouble to make if fun for everyone. It was such a shame that the weather was so awful.

We hope if all goes well over the next couple of months to have another crack at The Northumberland Plate where he ran so well last year getting beaten just a length and a half. Since then we have put on the visor to help him concentrate in the final couple of furlongs which has shown a big improvement in his form. He will just have one race beforehand and will probably have an easy couple of weeks as he has been on the go nearly a year.

Unfortunately WARM OASIS is not able to run today as he has a small problem with one of his feet and is not 100% sound this morning.

We don't have a lot of entries next week. So far it is only INSURGENCE who has one at Lingfield on Wednesday and another at Chelmsford on Thursday.

James had wanted to work a couple of horses on Waterhall today but it was too soft and testing. Instead they worked up Longhill. It is incredible the amount of rain that we have had recently.

Yesterday we had our March Fred Archer Racing Morning and someone must have been looking after us as it was a glorious morning which deteriorated massively later on in the day. We had about thirty people out with a friends etc and all the horses went out second lot. It was nice to see FAR string out together. Luckily they all had different coloured hats on so it was easy to pick out your horses.