We could do with a winner today to brighten up our week and rely on Nautical Nitwit in the first and Improved in the last at Doncaster on pleasantly good good/ soft
ground for the time of year – both horses want a sound surface. Nitwit was running a decent race when falling last time out at Aintree, its another competitive handicap and it wont be easy but he is there to take his chance. It will probably be even tougher for Prince ( Improved) as he bids for a second bumper win and carrying top weight with a penalty. Not many horses double up in bumpers, and there are a lot of young mares in here getting considerable weight off him. He ran a cracking good first race, we will see if he can build on that this afternoon but whatever happens he is going to make a good jumper for the future, he is a gorgeous big horse who will look the part in the paddock but is all NH bred, no flat speedy breeding.
Of our runners so far this week, all are fine, both Cleve Cottage and Max Tiernan getting tired in the closing stages of their races after both having more than two years off the track. We expected this as they can’t be made ready to be in peak form after so long off, and they will be brought back steadily as Phil favours, if we can see them in the winners enclosure again in the next few months his job will be done and it will give us and their owners great satisfaction. It was done successfully with both
Call it On and Chloe’s Image this year who were both coming off year layoffs through leg
problems. The next one to watch nervously will be PLATINUM and although he is very well handicapped over hurdles i doubt we will risk him over jumps as his legs have taken over two years to come right. he is only back in steady exercise so it will be 3 months at least before we see him on a track. I can also report that Agglestone Rock is back on the walker again, officially retired aboutb 5 times, Aggie did not find a suitable retirement home so we will just continue to get him fit again and if his fragile legs withstand the work then he is another who we would love to bring back.
The Dibble Bridge partnership’s NEXT EDITION did not make the cut for his final race of the season at Wolverhampton tomorrow night, so he is re-routed to Monday for the 1m 6f Amateur race and this sees the first official race-ride as a fully fledged jockey of Travelling head Girl, Julie Heneghan…an exciting first spin in a race she could well have a decent chance. Eddie ran much better on his latest start and we hope he will continue in the right direction and give Julie a winning start. Julie had an all weather warm up yesterday partnering one of our horses for a post race gallop.
Plans are being made for our Christmas party on December 18th and this year we will be leaving Middleham with a RODEO party, a bucking bronco mechanical bull being hired, and hopefully no broken bones afterwards! Phil has had some recent practice at our daughters party and it went down so well we thought we would organise something different this year! I can see some pretty funny photos to bring you the next day…
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