Wednesday – updated
Bedale Lane kept on well for 4th in the bumper today, she looks to be a real staying mare for the future – she was making ground all the way to the line. Courtown Oscar completed in the novice hurdle and will need one more run before he can contest novice handicaps which will be his game, although he is an embryo chaser. The terribly disappointing result of the day for all concerned was that poor ‘Cool Operator’ (Howard) sadly broke down for a second time, and this means we have made the immediate decision to retire him, he is rising 12 and is the wrong age to give him another year off. Howard is, as i type, on his way back to Dibble Bridge and thankfully his owners are keen to recuperate him so that we can find him a new home and a second career as a riding horse, he is pretty special. Sarah Olley who looks after him will miss him a lot, he looked immaculate in the paddock on the TV.
As promised this is a video of our foals at Dibble Bridge, the dark bay being Ruby out of 130 rated 5x wining hurdler, Helen Wood, the taller bright bay the new Sir Prancelot filly x Tea Chest (Betty) and the little one is Midget Gem by Equiano out of Hulla Ballew (9 times winner), a May foal so a lot younger than the others.
It promises to be a wet day at one of our most local jumps tracks but we will be kept busy with three runners, Courtown Oscar, Bedale Lane and old favourite, Cool Operator (Howard) who is on the comeback trail after a tendon injury. He ran nicely on comeback at Carlisle and Phil hopes he has found a winnable opportunity here for him as he remains high enough in the handicap over jumps. Phil Dennis will be looking forward to getting the leg up on this thorough stayer and if the rain comes it should be right up his street.
Courtown Oscar is also on the comeback trail with his second start. He is a tall embryo chaser and we are looking for some improvement from his first start for us, also at Carlisle.
Bedale Lane was due to run in this race last year when she tried to jump the door in the racecourse stables and hurt herself, becoming a non runner. She has grown up a lot since then and this will be her second start, she goes nicely at home.
Good luck to all our Owners with runners today.
I took these photos of the foals at Dibble Bridge yesterday, and also the brood mares. It was a beautiful crisp clear day and they enjoyed themselves in the paddocks. I will be posting a foals video later today.
as you can see below, Ruby is the image of her dam, Helen Wood, pictured below right.
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