Chris's Redcar Report
Archie looked well in the paddock and was the biggest horse in the race and certainly has the look of a sprinter. John had decided to put a pair of blinkers on Archie as he had worked well in them at home and having been off for over 100 days wanted him to be sharp. We met Charles Bishop, the young apprentice from Mick Channon’s who was instructed to try and get some cover from the start as Archie might be a bit keen in the first time blinkers. His instructions were to ease him into the race and then come to win the race inside the final furlong.
Archie, wearing the brightest pair of orange blinkers I have ever seen broke well and his jockey tried to get some cover but he soon pulled himself to the front and was leading the race to just inside the final furlong we it seemed that his early exertions began to tell, and he gradually dropped back as several horses went by him finishing 7th beaten around 5 lengths not given a hard race once beaten.
Unsaddling Archie, who was having a decent blow and Charles stated that after a furlong Archie took off probably due to the blinkers and not wanting to fight him decided to let him stride on. About 2 furlongs from home he took a big breath but faded inside the final furlong and he thought he just needed the run but commented how well he had moved.
John had before the race entered Archie at Wolverhampton on Saturday and stated afterwards depending how well Archie comes out of the race he may consider running him again.
I am sure there are races to be won with Archie over the winter months and he will definitely strip fitter next time out and will have a fresh horse for an all-weather campaign.