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    Kid Cassidy

    Anyone see the race at Aintree ?

    Has to go in the tracker after that. Is he the horse that got electrocuted at Newbury ?

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    Forget it ...I googled it. He was.

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    Much angst on twitter. I think the explanation is plausible enough. The horse is a bit of a headcase.

    The Stewards held an enquiry into the running and riding of KID CASSIDY, ridden by J. McGrath and trained by Nicky Henderson, which was settled in the rear in the early stages, but ran on to finish fourth, beaten 6 lengths. They interviewed the rider and the trainer’s representative. They also received a report from the Veterinary Officer. The rider stated that his instructions were to get the gelding settled and jumping, as he had not shown himself to be a natural jumper. He added that the gelding had a breathing problem after jumping the fourth last and made mistakes which he reported at scales. He further added that KID CASSIDY was perhaps resenting the net muzzle which he was wearing as he was holding his head unusually high. The trainer’s representative confirmed the instructions and that the gelding was not an easy horse to handle. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race the Stewards noted their explanations.

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    One more chance

    Kid Cassidy
    Form: 1105-45
    If only they could talk. Poor Kid Cassidy can't tell us if he still thinks about the horrific experience he endured on 'that day' at Newbury, but his trainer believes he still carries the scars.

    Nor has the handicapper entirely been convinced by two superficially disappointing runs this season, having eased his mark just 1lb apiece for those defeats.

    Such a decision is entirely understandable with regards to his first run at Aintree in October, where despite the presence of a net muzzle and earplugs to remind us all of his quirks, it was still hard not to reach the conclusion that the waiting tactics had been somewhat overdone. However the excuses were less obviously evident at Cheltenham subsequently where he appeared to have every chance without proving good enough.

    Furthermore, he was soundly beaten in the Grand Annual Chase 12 months ago, hardly looking like he might be a future winner of the race as he trailled home 35 lengths behind stablemate Bellvano. Cheltenham simply might not be his course.

    But for some strange reason I still have a feeling that one day he is going to pop up in this kind of contest (he's by no means a dis-similar type of horse to Bellvano) and it was interesting to hear Henderson mention him as having worked on Saturday with a genuinely elite bunch of stablemates.

    He won't be 4/1 favourite again this year. Can you give him one more chance?

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