Improved wins – video added
2017 strike rate for combined flat and jumps now 16% win – pleasing considering we are dealing with handicappers in the main. 8 wins since the start of the year.
We couldn’t have been more delighted to shout home ‘Improved’ (Prince) today for his Owners John Birtles and Colin Fletcher – sadly John couldn’t be there today although he has been virtually every other time he has ran – but Colin and his family made the long trip East and were rewarded with a great effort by their horse and a confident ride from Tommy. The application of cheekpieces seemed to concentrate him and he was slick at his hurdles, always holding the challenge of the runner up and seeing the 2m 7f out well. Racing Post commented:
Due to rail movements add 170yds. A steadily run handicap.
IMPROVED, in the first-time cheekpieces, jumped fluently under a prominent ride and picked up well when strongly pressed turning for home to win for the first time over hurdles. He did this well and should remain fairly treated.
It has taken him a while to find his form and hopefully now he can go on and win again as his Owners have been patient with him and he shouldnt go up too much for the 2 length win. Fakenham should be praised for their prizemoney – over £4500 to the winner of this race – we do like to have runners there when we can, despite the long trip. He is back home in his box now and seems in good shape, he will be having a day in the paddock tomorrow if its as warm as it was today, what a lovely morning at the yard.
This was a family win as well today as Sue (Mum of Liam and Grace Kirby) bred Prince when she lived in Ireland. He was broken in at 3 at Dibble Bridge, and then won his bumper for us all when he was trained by Phil at Sharp Hill. He was subsequently sold to John and Colin to stay on the yard.
Phil trained the dam, Show Potential (Dolly), who would
definately have won races but for breaking down at Wetherby on her third start – she was placed on her first bumper run. Show Potential bred us a ‘Josr Algarhoud’ foal back in 2014, and he is now a very smart bay un named 3 year old who is for sale here at Green Oaks. Breeding is a costly business but if anyone would like to free lease Show Potential to breed another foal she can be boarded with us – she is ready to cover and in great health. She has beautful big foals and her first runner is now a bumper and hurdles winner. She is by Glacial Storm out of listed winning hurdle mare, Cool Spring (Zaffaran) and a half sister to 5x winning 150 rated chaser, Well Refreshed.
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