Review of Week 20th July – 26th July
There was just the one runner last week and it was Bleu Astral who ran at Salisbury on Saturday night and he was ridden by Cam Hardie in the seven furlong claimer. Rain on Friday had come in time for the horse and plans were in place to stop him boiling over before the race like he did at Chepstow previously. He was saddled in the stable boxes and came into the parade ring later than the other runners and immediately went down to the start and the horse took everything in his stride this time around. From the off Cam settled Bleu Astral against the far rail tracking the other horses that were grouped together. Bleu Astral looked a lot more relaxed during the early part of the race. As the field hit the three furlong from home marker the pace quickened and Bleu Astral was caught flat footed and came under pressure. Cam moved the horse from his rail position and came round the outside of the field losing some ground but enabling them to get a clear run. At the furlong from home marker Bleu Astral was under serious pressure and was not gaining on the leaders who had gone a few lengths clear of him, howe haver inside the final half a furlong, although the ultimate winner had gone beyond recall, Bleu Astral relay put his head down and was running on strongly at the finish and in a bunch photo finish for the minor honours he grabbed third place and in a another stride would of finished second. A much better run from the horse and the feedback from the jockey was positive indicating a step up to a mile will really suit the horse.