Blogs & Opinion


Andrew Balding: On Demand progressing well but needs some rest

Features Posted 28th March 2014 view comments

On Demand has now had four career runs, and overall I am pleased with how she has progressed.

She has had three runs at Southwell in relatively quick succession, and although she hasn't shaken off her maiden tag yet, you have to be pleased with her development and attitude in her races.

On Demand: Set for a period of rest after latest race (Racingfotos.com)

On Demand: Set for a period of rest after latest race (Racingfotos.com)

She was unlucky on her second run at Southwell on March 12, she travelled nicely through the race, picked up well when her jockey David Probert asked her to, and was just unlucky to get robbed on the line by an older horse. Even though she didn't finish with her head in front, she showed that she has the ability to go on and win races.

Her most recent race at Southwell on March 26 was disappointing, but I think it is just down to her being tired. As I said, she has had three runs in quick succession, and there just wasn't that much left in the tank.

You have to be pleased with her development and attitude in her races.

Andrew Balding
Quotes of the week

David said after the race that she was going through the early stages of the race nicely, but when he pushed the button to go she offered nothing. Unfortunately horses don't always let you know this at home, and it is only once they are on the racetrack that they show signs of fatigue.

So next on her agenda is a nice, long holiday. She will be sent to down the road to Highclere Stud, where she will be turned out in the field to freshen up, then she will gradually be brought back to fitness before being sent back to the yard to resume full training.

I will wait and see how she is when she comes back for her break, and we will look to give her a spin on the turf in the coming months.

back to top

Other Experts:

Latest Posts in :

Alex Ferguson

Early assessments

Alex Ferguson says Cincy have shone and Oakland have been appalling in the NFL action so far....

Alex Ferguson

Start your engines!

Alex Ferguson predicts who will triumph in NASCAR's showpiece race, the Daytona 500....

comments

Gary Neville

Nev: Consistency key for Danny

Gary Neville says Arsene Wenger can turn Danny Welbeck into a great striker, as he did with Thierry Henry....

Ed Chamberlin

Van the man?

Ed Chamberlin explains why Tejay van Garderen is capable of plucking the Tour de France's Yellow Jersey....

comments

Graeme Souness

Souness: 'Liverpool lightweight'

Graeme Souness says Liverpool’s defeat in Basel proves that the current side is a shadow of their former selves....

Dewi Morris

Morris: Toulon too strong

A Matt Giteau-inspired Toulon should win the Top 14 with some attractive rugby, says Dewi Morris....

Butch Harmon

McGinley beat Watson

Butch Harmon says Paul McGinley out-captained Tom Watson as Europe retained the Ryder Cup....

0 comments

Alex Hammond

Follow Rules

Alex Hammond has checked the formbook and found the first six home in the Cambridgeshire!...

Alex Hammond

Alex Hammond Blog

Alex Hammond looks ahead to another big weekend of racing...

Alex Hammond

Hear the Music!

Alex Hammond looks ahead to the weekend's racing including the feature Betfred Sprint Cup....

View from America

Thoroughbred field

Even without Tiger on top form, the PGA at Valhalla proved golf's elite can thrill, says Simon Veness....

comments

Neal Foulds

Selby steel

New world champion Mark Selby's the master of match play, says Neal Foulds - but what's next for Ronnie?...

comments

Neal Foulds

Trump tip

Ronnie O'Sullivan is favourite for the Worlds - but Judd Trump could spring a shock, says Neal Foulds....

comments

Neal Foulds

Night at the Circus

Neal Foulds is looking forward to another fun, raucous Snooker Shoot-Out - but can't pick a winner....

comments

Kelvin Tatum

Back on track

Lakeside can make it two wins over Belle Vue Aces in four days, says Kelvin Tatum, but it'll be close!...

comments

Kelvin Tatum

Hit the road

Swindon are struggling this season but will fancy their chances at Birmingham, says Kelvin Tatum....

comments

Kelvin Tatum

Racing away

Belle Vue are unbeaten at home but Kelvin Tatum asks if they can transfer that form at Swindon....

comments

Richard Moore

The final curtain

Richard Moore reflects on Sunday's Closing Ceremony to an unforgettable Olympic Games......

comments

Richard Moore

A lasting golden glow

Richard Moore suggests all the British Olympians should visit schools and talk about their experiences....

comments

Richard Moore

Favourite Froome

Richard Moore reveals his predictions for the 100th Tour de France, which starts on Saturday....

comments

Wayne McCullough

Wonderful Davis

Wayne McCullough watched Antonio Rogerio Nogueria take on Phil Davis at UFC Fight Night 24. ...

0 comments

Wayne McCullough

Jones shines bright

Wayne McCullough was highly impressed as the talented Jon Jones made short work of Mauricio Rua....

2 comments

Wayne McCullough

A bloody marvel

Wayne McCullough salutes Diego Sanchez as he edges out Martin Kampmann in a UFC humdinger....

0 comments