Frustration… Burns Night ran another consistent race yesterday – he hasn’t been out the first two for us over hurdles in five starts over hurdles, what a good little horse he is. He ran for new connections the Kwick syndicate here, and the combination of 2m 7f on rapidly easing ground just meant he didn’t find as much off the bridle as he needed, just going down by half a length – it will have seemed a long drive back for Julie and Adam He remains capable of winning again, and might even go to Musselburgh in the next 10 days depending on how he is. He is however, more of a Spring/Summer horse and a short winter break is looming in the near future. Meanwhile Phil went to W’hampton with Mysterious Wonder who ran with great enthusiasm but didn’t appear to stay the 7f. Phil said it was a freezing night there and it was minus 3 when they left. It is currently pouring down icy sleet at Middleham, it wont be too nice up on that moor today, and photographer Keith Foster is out with his camera this morning!
Hoping to get back on track with a winner today – and two winners would be even better, both have strong chances. Lucky Sun runs for The Sharp Hill II syndicate at Hexham, the ground has gone very testing but this elegant bay gelding
should cope with the conditions, he moves like a good ground horse but his best form for his previous Trainer was on soft. He has schooled well again and goes with a decent chance. Perennial runs in my lucky colours at W’hampton but he is sadly not really mine, the new P’ship is not yet set up….and I would have loved that £11.000 if he manages to win! Its a really good prize for this 2 mile event, and the papers make him favourite following his 11 length success last time. Perennial has done nothing but please Phil since his arrival, he also schools really well and is going to make an exciting novice hurdle prospect for next season. This is a step into the unknown for him at 2 miles but he looked every inch a stayer last time, hopefully he is still in the same form and has been rated as high as 103.
I was reading about the yearling filly that made over £5, 250,000.000 last month – a European record and the dearest yearling filly any to be sold anywhere in the world. She was bought by Sheik Joann Al Thani , and is out of a mare called ALLURING PARK by champion Sire, Galileo.
Alluring Park is Dazzling Park’s half sister. Dazzling Park is Platinum’s Dam! Both Alluring and Dazzling Park are out of the same Dam (PARK EXPRESS) as Derby winner and emerging top sire, New Approach – no wonder Platinum was a 400,000 gns yearling. However, Dazzling Park is not the success as a broodmare as her half sister who has already bred oaks winner, WAS.
Platinum is by far her best offspring and she does not appear to have any more running since he was born in 2007. perhaps she is no longer. Shame Platinum is not female, however, if he was we would never have gone jumping and we would never have been able to buy him for £2000!! Platinum is currently on his walking in hand exercise and may go to Middleham soon to go on the walker, he is going to have to have a complete year off racing and will return in 2015 all being well.
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