Boldmere in good shape following Wetherby spill

Towton had looked at mercy of Bailey runner.

  • Sunday 02 February
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Trainer Caroline Bailey reported Boldmere to be none the worse for his fall at the final fence when looking the likely winner of the Towton Novices’ Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

The seven-year-old was three lengths clear and on course to complete a hat-trick over fences when he came down, leaving Newtide to pick up the Grade Two spoils.

“He’s a bit stiff and sore, but nothing too bad. He’s been for a pick of grass and he’s come out it well, considering,” said Bailey on Sunday.

“Up to that point we were absolutely thrilled. He jumped brilliant, he hadn’t put a foot wrong. I’ve watched it and watched it and I still can’t quite work out why he fell. He just couldn’t get his legs out quick enough. Very frustrating.

“James (Bowen) produced him to win the race and unfortunately he took a bad fall, but the main thing is he’s all right and James is all right.”

Boldmere will be checked over and given time to recover before Bailey thinks of making plans, though Aintree in April could be a possible target in the long term.

“We’ll hang fire for a bit and get him right. We’ll have him checked over and go lightly for a week and make sure there isn’t anything wrong,” she said.

“We haven’t got any solid plans. He’s not entered at Cheltenham. That wasn’t the plan anyway. Whether we look at Aintree, I don’t know. He might just want a confidence run in a slightly lower grade first. We’ll play it by ear, but he’s showed us he’s up to a decent level.

“We can move forwards when he tells us he’s ready to go.”

Boldmere in good shape following Wetherby spill
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