Monday 20th March
Its that time of the year when we start thinking about the flat – and here is one of our 2 year olds for this season, the Medicean owned by Colin Fletcher and Jayne Sivills. He’s a strong, smart looking youngster, already gelded as he had plenty of attitude – and is well on track for a 2 year old campaign. He doesn’t look much like him but he is a half brother to Sakhee’s City who has been in good form this season but didn’t like the ground at Newcastle on Saturday and will be out next time on a better surface.
Below is another of our young horses, What’s Up Walter who has a good handicap mark to work from this year and has grown rapidly over the winter. He can be brought for small money or free leased for the 2017 season and Phil is sure he will be winning races in the North- and will make a juvenile hurdler as he is strong and will stay – he already looks like the a juvenile hurdler in the making!
We have several unraced fillies for the year – and this is one of them, the 3 year old by Equiano out of 9 time winner, Hula Ballew. She is small but strong and well made and we ddn’t run her last year so that she could be more mature when she makes her debut..
And here is the 3 year old Oscar filly being lunged by Simon – she is taking her breaking in well and is a good, fluent mover. She is for sale and is an exciting bumper filly for next year being a half sister to Identity Thief. Hurdling and chasing will be her game long term.
We also have two 2 year old fillies that we bought at Tattersalls last October – the Teofilio who is big and forward, and a well bred Poet’s Voice – this filly owned by Ace Bloodstock is being split into ten shares for her racing career and is a beautiful filly with a superb pedigree. Photo to follow.
Its a quiet week with a couple of flat first time outers running at newcastle mid week, but of our NH horses, ‘Wemyss Point’ below has been entered for Musselbugh on Friday – he has posted two good RPR’s so far in his bumpers and a return to the Scottish track is on the cards given that it offers the best ground around at the moment. We are also looking forward to seeing him in action over a hurdle.
We might not have had a Cheltenham runner but our little star ‘NAUTICAL NITWIT’ heads to Aintree on the Friday for a handicap hurdle, and the target for Lady Buttons is likely to be the Haydock Mares Handicap Hurdle final on Easter Saturday. Buttons is really well following her Doncaster win, and has gone up to a rating of 132 which we felt was very fair. Recent Ayr second ‘Courtown Oscar’ heads to Haydock for a 3m 4 f chase next month, and he may then be a candidate to finish off his season at Punchestown, ground permitting.
Transient Bay didn’t fire over fences at Ayr but he wil back out over hurdles for The Waking Ned Partnership in the coming weeks…he jumped well on the whole but finds chasing difficult being so big and he is like a bus who stops quickly when he gets in too close! We love this photo of him in the middle…
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