Tuesday’s news – updated
No winners to report from Wetherby but sound races run nonetheless, Everaard staying on stoutly to finish 2nd in the Handicap Chase and Eltheeb tiring a little in the sticky ground to finish 4th on his comeback run. A satisfying day. Rumble of Thunder heads to Haydock tomorrow and Adam Nicol is back on board to see if he can register his 2nd win on him. Attheraces make him a 6-1 chance in the 2.40 race, and in his current form he should give another good account without looking well handicapped.
A day in the life of the Trainer...Phil’s feet haven’t touched the ground as usual today – alarm 5.45, away to Middleham by 6.15am and on the yard at 7.30, 3 lots ridden out , followed by a trip to Ferdy Murphy’s sale at West Witton where he then left Steve in charge of purchasing barrows, rugs, tack and all sorts of exciting bargains and he headed off to Wetherby to saddle up Eltheeb. With Kate saddling Everaard, Phil then left to drive to Blackpool to have his suit fitted for his brothers wedding on Friday, before a final detour to look at a well bred Yeats 3 year old. Not your average day but there is always something different cropping up with this job.
Everaard didn’t run at Newcastle due to ground conditions and takes his chance today at Wetherby in the 3m handicap chase – good to see James Reveley on board who we saw win the big Troytown Chase in France at the weekend , one of their major Gold Cup Trials. With Richie on the sidelines for a while , he is a most able deputy. Barry Keniry has ridden several winners for us, not least a memorable victory on Danehillsundance that will live long in the memory! He has done plenty of schooling on Geoff and Sandra Turnbull’s grey 7 year old ‘Eltheeb’ and he is ready to run after over 200 days off. He is a lovely looking individual and while this 18 strong maiden looks extremely competitive today, we hope he has a bright future over hurdles as well as going back on the flat for some decent staying handicaps this summer.
Phil is pleased with the progress of Lady Buttons since her facile Wetherby success – its 2 and a half weeks until the Mares bumper at Aintree and her coat is coming nicely under the heat lamps! She did a piece of work easily on Saturday and everything is so far going to plan.
No foals yet and Pickworth who is 7 days late is showing absolutely no signs of being imminent, we expect she is going to be pretty late in having her first foal. Lady Chapp was covered by Robin des Champs on Friday and Helen Wood by Sulamani yesterday – Lady Chloe is due to meet Shirocco tomorrow – they are certainly teaming up with an elite bunch! Hope to bring you foal news soon for Royalty and Pickworth.
Stopped Out is enjoying his short hacking holiday at Castleton, he is such an easy boy to do and enjoys pulling faces at Aggie in the next door box and telling him how much of a better racehorse he is no doubt. With Platinum on the other side of him its three of our best together in our indoor stables!
We welcomed a well bred 5 year old unraced Fair Mix filly to the yard yesterday for Geoff and Sue Frank. Hope she goes as well as their other Mare, Rosie du Berlais, and she is another exciting NH addition to the team. Rosie du Berlais has a mares Hunter Chase at Wetherby as her next target – providing the ground is not too quick. We do seem to have some lovely fillies and mares now – the Kings Theatre is a very good sort and one for bumpers this summer.
Ex racers – i have updated some of our Past Horses page this morning, more to follow….Chloe’s Image is currently on a 2 week trial to a top Eventing Yard – she is pictured here doing some pole work at home – a careful mare who we hope is going to make a great competition horse now her racing is over.
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