All weather Thursday
It was back to the flat again for us today and two sound efforts from ‘Good Time Ahead’ and ‘Cavalieri’ despite no No.1 spots to add to the 2017 total of 7 winners so far.
Good Time Ahead & Paddy Aspell backed up their win last time with just a head defeat here by the favourite – but he more than earned his journey down and riding fee so it was a good day out for his new Partnership of Owners and he is a horse who should give them plenty of fun and days out in 2017.
Cavalieri was back in a 0-85 and he was beaten less than 4 lengths which was a great effort considering there was no pace and Racing Post described it as ‘an unsatisfactory sprint up the straight’. He has dropped just 1 pound in 4 defeats off 68 – its extremely frustrating and we can’t quite understand why – but while he isn’t allowed some respite off the handicapper he is going to struggle to get back into the winners enclosure. His last winning mark was 61 and he is a victim of his own consistency.
Tomorrow sees ‘Improved’ running at Fakenham for Colin Fletcher and John Birtles – he is a big price in a race with a likely hot favourite for Fergal O Brien but we are claiming off him for the first time with Tommy and Phil has reached for the cheekpieces. There hasn’t been an obvious reason why he is not finishing his races this season but he is in good order at home and has come nicely in his coat. This is one of Colin’s favourite tracks and we would love him to run a big race for him and John tomorrow, and for Sue who bred him. We have his Josr Algarhoud half brother here in the barn.
Little Bruce is entered up again – he had a quiet time after the second of his wins and needed time to recover from those exertions but he reappears in a higher grade at Carlisle over 2m 3f and it remains to be seen if he can make the leap of class from a 0-105 to this class 3 in a 0-135 . He is pictured here this morning up the gallop with Stacey.
Courtown Oscar showed his well being this morning, bouncing up the gallop with Sam just managing to keep a lid on him – its only 7 days to go until The Eider Chase declarations but he also holds an entry in Saturday’s Grand National Trial at Haydock.
The two Partnership horses ‘Northern Girl’ and ‘Bertie Blake’ have come out of their respective races well and were striding out down to the start of the gallop, looking a picture with Jodie & Tommy on board.
Jo told me after riding the ‘big lad’ Stenna today that he was feeling really well – good news for his Partnership who will be looking forward to his reappearance in a few weeks time. Jo, who is getting as fit as she can for her June Charity race ride at York, often rides him as he is such a total gentleman.
The flat youngsters are getting going now and True Balew is one of our unraced fillies for this year alongside Shine Baby Shine and the Teofilio & Poet’s Voice fillies. She may only be small but she is pretty substantial and has a fantastic temperament. Her mother, 9 time winner ‘Hula
Ballew’ was not very big herself but it didn’t stop her. THis filly looks more like her sire however and Equiano does well with his fillies.
The just turning 2 year old colt ‘Robin de Chapp’ – Lady Chapp x Robin des Champs is a half sister to Lady Buttons and he looks very like her but a really big powerful male version – every inch a future chaser to look at. He is getting more striking by the day as his summer coat is starting to show through. His year younger half brother by Presenting is also a lovely sort who is growing well.
All the mares are now away at stud to foal – the first due is
Helen Wood to top French sire Martaline – we can’t wait to see what she has and would love it to be a grey! Next in line was meant to be Lady Chloe but we have a suspicion that Musikhani might foal first, and she is due to Farrh – she has arrived safely in France and is booked into Authorized. We love bringing you our foaling news and its an exciting time for us.
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