MISSED TURN nearly got the New Year off to a flying start at Lingfield yesterday but was just headed on the line to finish second, beaten a neck. She ran a very game race and both her and Lisa Jones, the jockey, did nothing wrong as they finished well clear of the rest of the field. It was disappointing for the owners, Park Lodge Racing, as from their position in the stands they thought she had just held on.
There is another opportunity for MISSED TURN at Lingfield next Thursday in a mile handicap. She will be able to run off her current rating then as she is likely to have her handicap mark increased next week after yesterday's performance. She will stick to races at Lingfield for the moment as she appears to favour this track. Wolverhampton did not appear to suit her even though the surface is the same as at Lingfield but it does ride a bit slower and there is more kick back from it. It is a relatively new surface which could partially explain the difference.
MISSED TURN remains the sole representative on the all weather this month with a few more horses being prepared for February. The yard is beginning to get back into full swing again now with the older horses coming back in and most of the 2 year olds are now ridden away.