We have been having a quite couple of weeks with just a handful of runners – a combination of heavy ground not suiting many of ours, and some of our best horses most frustratingly on the sidelines (Cool Operator, Call it On, Cleve Cottage, Full Speed…)
Our top class handicap hurdler ‘Stopped Out’ is having a mid winter ‘steady few weeks’ and with other young NH horses ready to go when the ground dictates, (Factor Fifty, Libby Mae, Lowcarr Motion, Pass Muster, Up the Bees) we also have a full house of many flat horses for an exciting Spring ahead! However, one of the yards favourites, Rumble of Thunder heads just up the road to Catterick tomorrow for the 2:40 and he steps up in trip to 2m 3f which both Phil and Richie feel will not inconvenience him. he has won on soft and his last run should have blown the cobwebs away. Best of luck to his Owners The Well Oiled Partnership who will be at the races supporting him tomorrow.
Friday sees classy 1m2f handicapper, Triple Eight making his hurdling debut at Doncaster and if many of you have seen the video of him jumping you will know he is pretty professional with it all at home – hoping he transfers that to the track for new owners, The Redhotgardogs. He handles cut although he wouldn’t want it to turn into an extreme stamina test.
Hail the Brave has been entered for Sedgefield on Sunday , he will also be given an entry at Newcastle for the following week. Phil is keen to get a 1 next to this horses name in a bumper as he shows plenty of ability at home. He wears a hood as he can be a bit buzzy.
Here’s one of the nice young horses we have to run on the flat this year: Jamesbo’s Girl is looking tip top for her winter break and she will be back to the yard next month with her stable and field companion, Bay St.Belle – to begin their Spring campaign.
And as mentioned on Saturday I now have photos of the Coroner gelding ‘Riley’ being ridden away by Nicole in the barn. I am told he went up the moor with Simon on Monday and is now being very straightforward. Riley was bought at the sales as a yearling by the late Julie Haughton and we very much hope that he races succesfully for us and fulfills the potential that she saw for him. She would have been thrilled to see these photos and he is maturing into a big, scopey gelding.
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