Friday 12th Jan
No winners yesterday but it was a day of some pleasing performances and no one could have been disappointed with the way 4 year old filly Shine Baby Shine ran against the boys for Tommy in the opening Juvenile at Catterick. A staying on third on her second hurdles start, she showed yet again her really likeable attitude and she is one we are excited about for mares handicaps further down the line.
Just a bit further up the road at Newcastle, The Resdev Way did his best to secure his first win of 2018 and looked everywhere the winner bar the line, just getting run out of it by the favourite in the last 10 yards. This signals a return to form after some recent hurdling exploits, and hopefully more to come on the AW in the coming weeks.
Another better performance was posted by Allmyown who stayed steadily into 5th for Adam in the novice hurdle and should now qualify him for novice handicaps. He has struggled so far this season but this was a small step in the right direction and hopefully the handicapper can give him a chance to be competitive. Minstrel Royal was our final runner at Catterick and although also just out the money in 5th, he is coming to a competitive handicap mark and didn’t do a lot wrong, he would have found this tight enough round here and a return to somewhere like Wetherby or Doncaster will suit him.
Mangata was our final runner of the day at Newcastle and despite travelling much better in the first time blinkers, he still found little when asked and is proving frustrating for his Owners. We’ll see how he is today before coming up with a plan.
January is a month we have decided to give quite a few of our NH runners a break – a number just this month off, although some won’t come back into work until mid Feb. This gives them a good freshen up and allows them to miss the worst winter ground and be ready for the end of March and some nice races into Spring and Summer. Wemyss Point & Nemean Lion are two of these horses – they have done well over hurdles for their Partnerships but don’t want bottomless ground and it’s certainly been raining plenty recently.
Coinciding with some of our jumpers having a break, the flat horses are back into work now and there have been the inevitable ‘hairy moments’ as the sharper of them test our riders skills at staying aboard!
We have got a good team of runners for the summer and an interesting mix of jumpers, 2 year olds and older horses – it’s looking like our biggest summer team yet. The brilliant thing about training here is that the gallop suits all types and we are getting long distance staying chase winners and 2 year old 6f winners – it is neither too stiff or too sharp and was exactly what Phil hoped for when this place was purpose built in the Spring of 2016.
It’s an exciting couple of days coming up and today sees the talented ‘Nicely Indeed at Sedgefield for his Owners Ownaracehorse. He was unlucky not to win on a few occasions at the start of the season and we hope to put this right as soon as possible – he is back in handicap company today. Saturdays runners will be previewed by Sarah later today and these include the hugely exciting Top Ville Ben at Kenpton in ‘The Lanzarote Hurdle’, the 4 year old filly duo Dares to Dream & True Ballew, the ultra consistent ‘Mr Carbonator’ and recent acquisition ‘Captain Bob’.
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