It won’t be long before we have our first 2 year old runners and we have about 6 this time, including this pair who would be the most forward of them to date.
Its looking a busy week ahead with a combinaton of flat runners and two entries for Punchestown – Lady Buttons and Courtown Oscar. Its a work morning for Buttons today ahead of a possible tilt at the Grade 1 Mares Campion Hurdle next Saturday, we’ll see how she comes out of it before making any decisions but she is in good form at home and there are question marks over which big guns will turn up from the leading Irish yards – hopefully not Annie Power! Courtow Oscar has come out of his Haydock race well and will run in the staying chase next Saturday, there’s some rain forcast so it should suit him fine and it will be his final run of the season.
On the flat we have new horses Leonard Thomas and Fingal’s Cave both entered next week, and In Focus for his second start for us. Fingal’s Cave was bought privatley after winning the claimer at Catterick in which our horse was claimed – he is the very able replacement for his Owners, The Redhotgardogs.
Its turnout time for many of our jumpers this week, and it was good to see young Partnership horse, Bertie Blake out enjoying himself yesterday.
We have had some retirements this week – Rich Man Poor Man (Big Rob) goes to his new home in Scotland today – he is heading to leading Show Producer, Kirtsine Douglas’s yard and is going to make a top class show horse of the future. Next Edition is now enjoying some relaxation time ahead of his move to a new home in early May – and yesterday Cleve Cottage was retired by his Owners for a quieter life. He had a good staying win this season over fences, and last season over hurdles – and is one of the best jumpers of a fence we have trained. he will be sadly missed but is going to a super home.
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