The wonderful mare ‘Lady Buttons’ features amongst the list of entries for The Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown next week, and providing she comes through her last piece of work well on Tuesday she is a likely runner in the Grade 1 Event. She goes there a fresh horse after not having run for 57 days – quite a few of those entered ran at both Cheltenham and Leopardstown. It would certainly be nice to see the likes of Apple’s Jade and Annie Power tackling other races next week! We hope to see some rain and our other likely runner will be Courtown Oscar i the staying handicap chase on the same card, and possibly ‘Close House’ in the Hunter Chase on Friday – a recent recruit to the yard.
Wemyss Point will be wiser for his first experience of flat racing after yesterdays debut at Wolverhampton – over 1m 4f. He won’t be seen to advantage until he can compete in his grade in a handicap – there were Derby colts entered in the race last night, and maidens this time of the year are very hot. It was a long drive back last night for Phil after the 8.15 race but he enjoyed his Sunday off today watching old favourite ‘Rumble of Thunder’ win his second race between the flags at Easingwold – in tremendous style for good friends Emma and Charles Clarke. Rumble had flown home at The Bedale Point to Point on Grand national day for a wide margin success and he gave a repeat performance this afternoon.
Royalty’s foal has been given the stable name ‘Ginny’ and she is doing well – intrigued by her neighbours in the opposite barn. She is a stunning filly, big and strong and lets hope she follows in the footsteps of her half brother, the 135 rated (now retired) chaser, Agglestone Rock who won 8 races for us. Video posting shortly.
Some further photos….
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