Wednesday at Catterick
No winners today but we saw some promising performances and we were more than happy with our runners. It was a beautiful warm day and a very enjoyable days racing – no transport for our owners to pay and plenty of promise for the season ahead. Next Edition looked our most likely winner beforehand but Phil Dennis said afterwards he would have liked to get out a bit sooner but the field was bunched up, he ran well enough to be 6th and Phil may step him back up to 1m 6f next time again. Sarah won ‘best turned out’ with him and he looked tremendous in the paddock. We see him getting back to winning ways soon and he had a good number of his Owners there to watch him today. Triple Eight ran a sound race for a close finishing 4th in the next divison, he has shown nice improvement from his first start, and he is another who should be winning again this summer – he was very consistent on the flat and over hurdles in 2015. Splash of Verve ran a bit free and paid for it in the last furlong, but enjoyed himself out in front and is another horse we are looking forward to – its early days. Iftikaar, a dual winner last season was having his first run of the year for Keith and Jayne Sivills, and was only beaten two necks and a head, he was forced to race quite wide and he did well to get so close so plenty to build on there as well.
Some photos from the races today….
Tomorrow its the first start of 2016 for The Green Oaks Partnership’s ‘Call it On’ – back over hurdles at Market Rasen, and he is still on a good mark but as usual with him we expect him to come on for his seasonal debut – he always shows his best form after a couple of starts and they take no prisoners round Market Rasen, you really have to travel round there. Adam takes the ride and is also on ‘Birthday Guest’ who has had a long break due to niggly problems and we hope he can start to repay his Owners faith this year.
Yesterday we SO nearly had a winner for Phil’s Birthday – Moscow Presents chalking up another frustrating 2nd for the yard for his Owners Nobaj ltd – although you couldn’t be disapointed with him as he jumped great but just found one a bit too good in the last half furlong. He has been very consistent without quite getting his head in front since his year off, but this was perhaps the sweetest he has travelled yeserday and he will surely add to his winning tally soon. Moscow is one of my favourite horses and I was pleased to see him back safe and sound.
Julie enjoyed riding her favourite horse, Pass Muster in the sunshine today and he looked well ahead of his run at Musselburgh on Sunday – his favourite track.
Here is another one of my favourite horses gleaming in the sunshine – Factor Fifty owned by The Topspec Partnership.
We are loving having the school for flatwork, and you can already see the benefit of it with the horses toplines – Prince was really pointing his toe in the arena today (Improved) and he would make a smart show horse when his racing days are over – hopefully a long time off yet!
Izzy was back out with her Dad this morning in a bid to get her shetland as tuned up as she can for Sunday and her debut race at Musselburgh – very exciting stuff! He gave her a lesson in how to get a quick start, its only over 2 furlongs so she doesnt want to be missing the break! She is pictured here on the left at the Shetland Grand National Training Day last Saturday. Approximately 50 riders and shetlands took part, competition is very fierce.
This is a photo of Mac Tiernan out enjoying the sunshine with old boy ‘Ted’..
And the ‘big lad’ Stenna who is already looking like a big hunter after all his grass…
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