Cool and breezy was the order of the day and Bango ( Uno) was certainly aware of the atmosphere even on Thursday morning. First time Badminton horses are often a bit taken out of their comfort zone as it really is a place like no other and unless they have a few championships tucked under their belts it is always a bit of a mission to keep the tension at bay.
Uno’s tension meant a halt and rein back at A ( which is actually Ringwood Sky Boy’s coping method as well) instead of a halt and despite Tim’s best efforts to stay with him there was enough to mark down with Uno staying tight in the neck and over the back. There were no disasters by any means, and it probably, as Jonelle said, wasn’t helped by Cillnabradden Evo and Ollie Townend having posted a 19 just a couple of horses earlier! A score of 37 puts them in 26th place so its all climbing from here on in. Ollie’s horse is a very flashy pony on the flat but I know for sure which horse Tim would rather be sitting on on Saturday morning!
The talk on the ground seems very much in favour of it being a proper 5 star track out there and those that came back from course walking today were impressed to say the least. Uno can relax a bit now as this is hardest phase and you have to hand it to him in that he really does try! No tantrums, no hissy fits just a noteable “this is really hard Dad” look in his eye.
Tomorrow sees our old pro Ringwood Sky Boy (Ozzie) go at 15.48 and if he halts at A we know he is on for it!