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Charlton rues Genki luck

Fri, 20 April 2012

Roger Charlton believes circumstances conspired against Genki in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

The eight-year-old was going for back-to-back victories in the six-furlong contest but failed to land a telling blow, coming home a well beaten ninth of the 10 runners. Charlton feels both the rain-softened ground and slow pace contributed to his demise.

"Nothing really went right for Genki at Newmarket with the heavy showers of rain, the ground had become rather loose on top," the trainer told www.rogercharlton.com.

"He does not seem to mind soft ground or fast ground but if he starts to slip and lose his footing, he then loses his confidence. This has happened in the past, particularly at Ascot after heavy rain.

"The slow early pace made the race a bit of a muddle and it would appear that they went faster over the first two fences in the Grand National than they did over the first two furlongs in the Abernant.

"Hopefully the race won't have done him any harm and he could run either at York or Newcastle."