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Last week Paris Dixie had her race since joining the Owners Group. She was the first racehorse I bought a share in after she had showed promise in bumpers. But unfortunately, we hadn’t seen her on the track.
She was balloted out of a Champion Bumper and rather than sending her out over hurdles, she went on a Summer holiday instead. After her holiday she came back and was looking fantastic with everyone getting very excited about seeing her over hurdles. But unfortunately, she managed to fracture her pelvis and needed a lot of rest.
When she headed to Chepstow on Friday, she had been off the track for over 590 days. It was her first time over hurdles and her first time racing for Nicky Henderson. So needless to say, while we all think she has a lot of talent, we weren’t expecting great things. We just wanted her to jump around safe and show a bit of promise to come.
It was a tricky race to call with lots of horses having little or no form over hurdles or under race rules. But I thought we might be in with a chance of a place. After all, she had run her bumpers very well and Nicky Henderson had been very impressed with her jumping. So I put an each way bet on just in case.
She smashed it. I couldn’t believe how well she ran. Followed the leaders the entire way, jumped well, rallied a bit at the end, flying the last fence. Unfortunately just pipped at the post by another horse. But she finished really strongly in front of the favourite. I thought she was going to have it after the last!
I am now very excited about what else she has to offer and we should have an exciting winter ahead. You can watch the final stages of the race below.