Catterick, Ayr & Southwell News
Preacher’s Belle makes her debut in the last at Catterick, she is homebred by Les & Viv Waugh out of their mare Moonshine Malt, the dam of Multiple winner The Snail. She is a rangy, light framed filly and although we dont know how she will cope with conditions today, she is fit to do herself justice. Seven time winner Everaard runs for us first, He has won 4 for Kate prior to our move to Sharp Hill, and is now bidding to win his fourth race for us, what a legend – the first prize here is an impressive £7.5k and if he is over his recent exertions he can make his presence felt off a light weight and no penalty for his hurdle win. But of course, he only ran 4 days ago, its a huge ask and if he doesn’t fancy it he will have lost nothing in defeat and Richie will look after him.
We have a busy day tomorrow with 2 runners up at Ayr and a team of unraced bumper horses heading to Southwell for an educational racecourse gallop after racing. These include the Waking Ned Partnership’s huge 4 year old ‘Transient Bay’ who has been making steady progress this winter. I am sure anyone watching won’t have any trouble picking out this gelding tomorrow.
We like having runners at Ayr, not because of the tedious journey up there, but because they look after you so well!! The free dinner for all Owners and Trainers is always delicious and the hospitality first class. It is also a fair track and usually not too many runners, although that’s not the case for our first, its an 11 strong field and competitive fare with last time out winner, Ancient Times only fourth in the betting for this conditional jockeys – Adam Nicol rides and takes off a valuable 3lbs. There looks some that will be hard to beat but Oz will be out in front and doing it the hard way – it worked last time and he handles this ground well as he is not quick but stays and stays.
We have been looking forward to getting Hail the Brave out for some time now following his exciting 2nd first time out at Carlisle. This track wouldn’t be as stiff but he travelled with plenty of speed that day and only the McCain horse with experience beat him. There are some decent types in this, but he goes there with a good each way chance and whatever happens he will make a nice hurdler.
Yesterday afternoon was very sad at our Castleton yard, Broodmare Lady Chapp had her foal 3 weeks early and he was not alive. We were lucky to get almost immediate veterinary attention from the Clevedale Practice to deliver him, but it appeared there had been a placental problem. The foal was a beautiful dark bay Shirocco colt, what a cruel blow. The mare is fine and will hopefully be able to breed again without a problem – she had been due to leave to Rathbarry Stud this evening with Lady Chloe but this is all on hold now for another month. The ups and down of having horses.
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