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Jess the legend
Words just can’t describe how amazed we all feel at the performance from the 11 year old GOLDAN JESS owned by ‘The Jessies’, Colin Fletcher and ourselves after his pillar to post 9 length win in the Grade 2 Coral Handicap Hurdle over 3 miles 1f. Its days like this that makes our team so proud, and a big thanks to Simon who rides Jess every day and settles him like no one else can!
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GOLDAN JESS ran well over 2m when a narrow second from the front on the Flat at Chelmsford a fortnight beforehand. He goes well at this time of year as when finishing 7l second in this handicap hurdle last year off the same mark. He never saw another rival on the lead on this occasion, running out a particularly game unchallenged winner on a suitable surface after jumping accurately.
Making it all the more amazing, Jess has had two seperate years on the sidelines with tendon injuries, he has just posted his highest ever rpr at an age most horses are retired, and thats on his 68th racecourse appearance. If he keeps it up at this rate he’d almost be a stayers hurdle horse! He has won 6 races from his last 14 starts, and that doesnt include the two 2nds and a 3rd as well – we have simply never had braver or tougher horse whose will to win is as great as any horse in training.
We claimed Jess as a 4 year old from Ludlow when he was almost brought down in a selling hurdle going off 9/4
favourite. he had already been in five different Training yards at this point! Pulling up out the back we bravely made the call to claim him, hoping he was okay, and 8 wins later he has proved a superstar for the yard and his Owners both on the flat and over hurdles, he’s won almost £75,000 now in win and place prize money. It was almost a year after claiming him that we decided on a change in tactics – when kyle shot clear on him 3 out to win at Sedgefield off a mark of 96 in August 2009, it became his trademark to burn off the opposition from a long way out to work out. Clearly he needed to dominate his races as he seemed unable to quicken off an average pace – what he does best is maintain a very high crusing speed for a long way – even up to the
3m 1f trip he tried for the 2nd time today, and his performance in the race last year against ‘Teak’ was also a superb run given what that horse has achieved since.
Whats next for Jess? We will see how he is tomorrow and how he comes out of the race as he put everything into this run but we have in the back of our minds a flat race at York in October over 2m 2f that looks ideal. Its a shame Kyle can’t ride him on the flat as well as he has a brilliant partnership with him and once again gave Jess a brave and well judged ride from the front, repaying all the faith he has in his old partner. The drinks will be flowing in Middleham tonight as the celebrations go on!
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