Consistent Form

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Its been a relatively quiet week with regards to the number of runners we have had, however the horses are still running good races and they seem fresh and well at home. Ardamir was having his second start for us in a competitive Juvenile Hurdle at Newbury on Wednesday afternoon, sadly he wasn’t able to build on his first run and eventually pulled up. He is a horse we think a lot of and hopefully something will come to light as to why he didn’t show his true colours.

Big Chief Benny returned to Newbury this time tackling a longer trip of 2m3f and again put up a solid performance to finish 2nd beaten 17 lengths behind what looked an exciting horse from the Harry Fry stable, with the 3rd place horse a further 21 lengths behind. The conditions at Newbury this day were extremely testing and the fact he was the only 4 year old to complete in the race, and to run so encouragingly makes him an exciting prospect and he will surely go one better in the not too distant future.

On the same day at Ludlow we were represented by 2 runners, the first of which was The Tourard Man, similar to Newbury the ground was testing and although he has won on soft ground both in England and Ireland we feel he may be more effective on a sounder surface. He did however run a good race, jumping well bar a few tired looking errors on the run in. He’s been very consistent for the yard and his owners and will continue to give them many great days.

Miss Crick tried her hand going up in trip to 2m5f and although she travelled and jumped well throughout the race she tired on the run in for home, finishing 5th, although she has won a bumper on soft ground she too my be suited by better conditions and she is certainly capable of winning races.

Towcester was the teams next port of call and the day got off to a great start when Brod Na Heireann got off the mark in the 2m5f Novice Hurdle. He possessed some strong from in Ireland but it took him a while to find his feet in England and it was great to see him win in such good style pulling 10 lengths clear to the line with the 3rd place horse a further 10 lengths behind. He seems to enjoy the soft ground and a test of stamina and this will hopefully give him the confidence boost he needed.

Give Him A Glance was looking to build on an encouraging run in a bumper at Southwell and was tackling hurdles for the first time. A hard pulling horse who has taken time to learn to settle, he seemed to have settled well yesterday untill turning for the backstraight and running down the hill, where he quickly picked up the bridle and was very free. Despite pulling hard he hurdled well but scuppered any chance he had of being competitive in such soft ground. He is a lovely young horse, and will learn his job in time, and while doing so will improve both physically and mentally.

Cajun Fiddle started off a short price favourite in the bumper having already ran a solid 2nd at Wetherby on her debut. In what was a steadily run race this big filly by Robin Des Champs was caught for speed on the turn for home, but stayed on well up the hill finishing 4th with only 2 lengths between herself and the winner. She is a fine big filly who will be more suited by an end to end gallop and this experience will certainly stand her in good stead for the future.

Consistent form

With no runners on Monday, a five strong team we were sent to Fontwell, some of whom making comebacks agfter lengthy spells on the sidelines. Katie Too was having her first start over hurdles after previously running to a good standard in bumpers last season. On very testing ground she travelled and jumped extremely well, with only one mistake to note which she seemed to learn from very quickly. She was the only 4 year old in the race and ran out a 20 length winner and was very green on the run in, the fact that she was the only hurdling debutante in the field makes her performance even more pleasing. The Barbury Queen was having her second run over hurdles, and although she struggled to travel in the testing conditions she stayed on well in the closing stages, she is a mare with a stamina packed pedigree and will continue to progress as there is still plenty of development to come.

Ziga Boy was having his second start of the season after recently pulling up at Exeter in testing conditions. Throughout the race he seemed to jump and travel well but eventually weakened 3 fences from home. He was always as horse that we thought would relish testing conditions over 3 miles with his breeding and the way he moves, however looking back through his form his best performances have been on a sounder surface, we will now look for a race shorter in trip provided that he runs in similar ground conditions to yesterday

Tickety Bleue was making a her long awaited return to the racecourse after having nearly 2 years off through injury. She put up a tremendous run in what would have been her minimum trip and such testing ground to eventually finish just over 10 lengths in 3rd. She will greatly improve for this run and it is great to see her back on the racecourse.

The Mumper rounded off the day, he too was making a comeback to track after over a year and a half off. The race was ran at a steady pace and resulted in a few minor jumping mistakes, however he sadly made a bad mistake at the 3rd last fence when coming under pressure and took a heavy fall, thankfully both he and Wayne walked away unscathed.

Its been a good week so far, and the horses continue to please us, both at home on the schooling grounds and our gallops and hopefully our run of good form can continue.