Oct 1, 2020

After a back issue then a joint, exacerbated probably by being on firmer ground that he lies at home and on the racecourse more often than not in the past couple of seasons, a rejuvenated ICE LORD ran well at Doncaster on September 10th – although lost much ground as the runners off the pace got in each others’ way.

Switched to the rail, the leaders had flown on ground too fast for comfort and he was not hard ridden.

Today, he did not miss the break and returned as a course and distance winner to Salisbury where the ground was Soft in the first part of the race but dead and sticky in the final furlong.

ICE LORD did not miss the break and was well positioned, if not travelling as well as he might. Picking up on the rise, Jack Mitchell thought that he would pick off the leaders and win or nearly win.

As it was, the dead ground – the same for all – did not allow a rollicking sprint finish – and the winner was a 3 year old improver carrying 14 pounds less!

ICE LORD has not run against 3 year olds for a very long time, but COVID programmes demand it.

There are ZERO 4 year olds and up races for him. That being said, he was 3rd not 2nd with a very decent 4 year old getting closest to the winner.

Looking for a race perhaps over 7 furlongs not 6 – on the right ground – later this month.

Ice Lord Doncaster 9 20 a (2)