Carlisle Monday – winner!
You can’t help but smile watching this fantastic horse in action, Monty did it again today at Carlisle and he jumped for fun out in front for James Reveley, never looking in danger as he came up the stiff Carlisle hill. This horse has been an absolute star all his career for both Kate and ourselves, and although it was nerve wracking watching him over the bigger obstacles, he didn’t give us too much to worry about. This is what the paper has to say about him:
Racing Post Comment: A fair novice chase, run at an honest gallop.
STOPPED OUT, running over fences for the first time since February 2012, jumped really well from the front and stayed on strongly up the straight to win for the first time in this sphere. Fit from a decent campaign on the Flat, he saw the stiff 2m4f out strongly. His task was made easier by the poor run of the favourite but it was still a decent performance from this likable type.
QUOTES: Kate Walton, representing Phil Kirby, trainer of Stopped Out: That was superb, he´s one of the stable favourites. He´s too high in the weights over hurdles and and it´s hard for him to dominate in the top handicaps. We´ll stay over fences and keep it low key for now, and keep his confidence up.
I took these stills off the TV of him today.
Tomorrow sees the debut of the Lucky Story gelding ‘Episode’ in the juvenile bumper at Huntingdon, the last race on the card. It looks a particularly hot bumper with a well touted John Ferguson horse as favourite ( bred in the purple) , so ‘Dan’ is going to know he’s been at the races on his way home tomorrow, although he did enjoy a recent spin round Ripon for experience. A nice debut from this half brother to Avidity is what we will be looking for, he is a future jumper just like his older brother, and we have his dam here, Epicurean, back in foal to Passing Glance for 2015. Episode was bred by Mike and Glenda Swinglehurst (also breeders of Avidity and Embsay Crag) and we were delighted they decided to sell us Epicurean this summer to add to our broodmare band.
Today also saw the gorgeous looking Galileo yearling, ‘Ice Galley’ being ridden away for the first time, he was an absolute gentleman and has been totally straightforward from day one, what a lovely prospect he is to look forward for his Owners Keith and Jayne Sivills, and ourselves. Tomorrow I will be posting a video of him being ridden by Phillip Dennis. Maybe you will be watching a future derby winner! Its what this game is all about – hopes and dreams. I am also pleased to write that Amazing King is now back in ridden work, Ross has been riding him and King has been no bother at all. He may be rising 11 but if all goes to plan he will be making a comeback on the flat next year and it would be great if our three veteran warriors – King, Aggie and Jess could all be seen in action in 2015 (27 wins between them) – add Platinum to that mix and it would make us very happy.
EX RACER NEWS – I spotted these super pictures of Kate’s facebook of the lovely grey Fairy Nuff who used to be in training at Sharp Hill last year. he is now hunting and looks an absolute picture.
I was also sent this photo of ‘Bob’s Ticket’ from his new Owner Shannon Ward. He is looking very well and Shannon is thrilled with the lovely Bob who was always a very easy horse at the yard.
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