BIG BRAVE BOB has been doing fine since his run at Kempton. I am going to keep an eye on Tuesday’s race at Kempton, in case it cuts up, but it could be beneficial for him to have a few more days before running again and with this in mind there is a 6f handicap (61-75) at Wolverhampton on Saturday, 22 September, which I think would suit him.
13 September 2018
BIG BRAVE BOB I was pleased with his run at Kempton last night, unfortunately he did just need the race, as I had feared beforehand. He travelled well through the race and came through well with a good-looking run to lead over a furlong. However, about 100 yards from the finish, with the race seemingly his, Shane said he took a big breath and changed his legs, unfortunately the tank was then empty and he faded to finish third. I do wish we’d had another week and he would have been spot on, it would probably have then been a different story. He pulled out the same this morning as he did before he left for Kempton. As long as all remains well I hope that we can run him back there in the 6f handicap on Tuesday.
BIG BRAVE BOB I have made an entry for him in a 6f claiming race on the all-weather at Kempton on Wednesday. It’s a race restricted to horses rated 0-75 and I’ve put him in for the maximum claiming price of £14,000. He is fine at present but is difficult to train and for this reason I unfortunately don’t feel that he is a long term racing prospect. These types of races are essentially for horses that are difficult to train or badly handicapped, although I don’t necessarily feel that he is that badly handicapped. Hopefully these types of races will be a good chance for him to get his head back in front and they will also provide the opportunity for him to be claimed after the race and potentially realise more than he would at a sale. I’m not certain that he will quite be ready in time for Wednesday, if not there is a 6f 0-75 handicap for 3yo at Kempton on 18 September that we could look at.
BIG BRAVE BOB is moving better again now and I’ll be looking for another race for him very soon. He isn’t the easiest to train nowadays and has become quite fragile.
6 August – 12 August 2018
BIG BRAVE BOB is quite fragile nowadays and we need to be careful not to run on quick ground. I’d love to go back to Southwell but I can’t find anything there for him. He could be moving better, the physio saw him briefly this week and is coming back to see him again next week, so hopefully this can be improved. He was entered for Windsor on Sunday and although there is some rain forecast, it will take a lot to get into it and I feel we just need to get him moving better first before we run again.
30 July – 5 August 2018
BIG BRAVE BOB is fit and ready to run again. We haven’t got a lot of options currently on the all-weather, except in a higher grade, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a transferred meeting or additional fixture that fits the bill.
BIG BRAVE BOB has done plenty now – he doesn’t take much getting fit – and he’s ready to have an entry made for him. The hardest part is trying to find a race, it’s too firm on turf and there isn’t too much for him on the all-weather just now. I will keep looking, some meetings are being transferred or extra fixtures added to the all-weather, so fingers crossed something crops up soon.
BIG BRAVE BOB is cantering away again and all seems to be going fine. He’s fresh and well in himself.
3 July 2018
BIG BRAVE BOB Weight: 475KG. Big Brave Bob was medicated on 26 June after x-rays revealed a small chip on his right fore fetlock joint and mild degenerate changes in both middle knee joints. He will resume ridden exercise next week and we will monitor him very carefully. If there is not a significant improvement in him then we may need to consider knee and fetlock arthroscopy.
Big Brave Bob is working away and, as I have said before, I’d like to try and find something for him on the all-weather. Looking ahead, it looks as though the first opportunity could be a 56-75 6f handicap at Kempton on 4 July.
He is cantering away and I’d like to find something on the all-weather for him next time. I would imagine he will be ready to run again in around a fortnight.
He is cantering but hasn’t been moving quite as well as he normally does. I might get the vet to give him the once over if he doesn’t improve, he’s just a bit scratchy. I’m not in any rush and I’d ideally like to find something on the all-weather for him next time.
He is back cantering and seems fresh and well in himself. That joint has settled back down fine, I think he must have just got some clay in it or something. I’m not in any rush with him as races are really competitive at the moment, ideally I’d like to find something at Southwell for him or perhaps look at one of the other all-weathers.
I was a bit worried about him in the evening the day following his run at Beverley, as his joint on his near hind blew right up. I am pleased to say that it has now settled right back down, I think it was probably just where the cooling clay under bandages must have got into a little nick and the reaction it caused. The Handicapper has this morning dropped his rating by 1lb to 75. Ideally I’d like to find another race for him back at Southwell, as he handled the surface there so well when winning. I will have a look at possible races in the next week or so.
Sorry about the disappointing run at Beverley yesterday. Danny Tudhope said that Big Brave Bob got into a sweat and didn’t feel right during the race, he said that he just seemed to lose all his coordination. Big Brave Bob had to go into the dope box after the race for a routine test, which they do with beaten favourites, and when he was in there he was still blowing his head off a good ten to fifteen minutes after the race. Deano, who took him to Beverley, is very experienced and he said that it was just like with horses after the Grand National on a hot day, when they are suffering from heat exhaustion. I was worried after what Danny said about him not moving well in the race, as Shane says he is a good mover on the track, but he has trotted up well this morning. He’s out in the paddock now enjoying some down time and seems fine. I think it’s just one of those days and you can put a line through it, he has overheated on what was a boiling hot day and a very long journey. I will give him a good couple of weeks to recover.
He is in good form following his last run at Bath. He has a few entries on Monday and Tuesday – I think that the Bath race looks very competitive and from a handicapping point of view Brighton probably doesn’t make sense, so Beverley on Monday looks to be the best option. It’s a 0-75 handicap, so is a bit of a drop in class for him. There is also a 56-75 handicap at Bath on 16 May, but I’d be a bit concerned that it could be rough and firm ground by the time of that meeting if the fine weather continues.
He is fresh and well following his run at Bath. He had his first canter back this morning and seems to be moving well. I was very surprised to see that the Handicapper has dropped his rating by 2lb to 76 – I wasn’t expecting him to get a drop after being placed! That means that we could potentially run in a 0-75 (carry 1lb above the handicap) so I will have a look at options and try and find a good spot for his next run. As I have said before, I wouldn’t be afraid to drop him back to five furlongs, as he seems to travel so well, and races at that distance tend to be that little bit weaker.
Big Brave Bob has pulled out sound this morning. I was very pleased with his run with it being first time in a handicap. He appeared to just get run out of it right at the end when the fitness really mattered. This is the first time he has been on grass since Doncaster, He also showed me a lot of speed in the race and I won’t be afraid to drop him back to 5f.
Big Brave Bob Weight: 471kg. Call me old fashioned but I believe the season starts at Doncaster, so therefore since Saturday 24 March we have a 19% strike rate and 73% of our runners have been in the winners enclosure. In general I have been very happy with the horses at home and it is fantastic to see this being mirrored on the racecourse.
As everyone knows the weather hasn’t been of any help to us. I have not been able to get the horses on the grass and I don’t enjoy seeing the horses and staff getting wet every morning. The all-weather meetings have been a god send as I am not very keen on running horses first time out on the heavy ground. They have to be very fit and it takes a lot out of them when we have a long year ahead. But putting the weather aside we have had a great start to the season and I hope it continues.
Big Brave Bob came out of his race really well. He had his usual stiffness when seen by the physio but I am glad there was nothing worse than this. He will go to Bath on Friday 20 April over 51/2f. I think he might be a sprinter.
I have had a look at the entries made for him this week and at the moment I’m not that keen on any of the races, although I will always keep an eye on them in case they cut up. In the two novice races he will be potentially giving weight away to horses that have higher ratings, so that won’t do us any favours from a handicapping perspective, and the six-furlong handicap looks competitive enough. The race that I have my eye on for him is a 5f 160y 3yo 66-85 handicap at Bath (4:40pm) on Friday, 20 April. It’s 60 yards short of six furlongs, but we know he handles a bit of cut in the ground from his runs at Windsor and on the deeper all-weather surface at Southwell, so I think this looks a good option for him.