Its sunny Sedgefield for us today…we’ll have to wait till next year to have our first Champion Hurdle runner 😉 Instead we’ve three at one of our most local tracks and let’s hope we’ve got a winner amongst them to keep our good strike rate up. Our shortest price horse is ‘Eastview Boy’ who arrived here fresh and well from a break but had a nice pipe opener in a charity race last week to come second. Physically he looks superb, and we are hopeful of a strong performance from him this afternoon. With no suitable chases at the moment he reverts to hurdles for his seasonal debut and is ridden today by Tommy.
We also have the fragile Aniknam who will like the ground but has been struggling off his old mark having had over two years off. It sometimes takes a while for these older boys to come back to themselves and Simon has done all the riding at home of this notoriously hard puller. There’s a hot favourite in the race from Ireland ‘The Jam Man’ that’s hacked up the last twice.
L’Attendue completes the trio – we’ve sidestepped bumpers with this rangy mare as she looks more a long term prospect but she is ready to go to the races. She’s been schooled plenty by Adam at home and a good clear round will please us today, she is likely to benefit from her first racecourse experience as she is still quite green but a lovely future prospect being by Oscar and a half sister to a decent bumper winner.
OTHER NEWS:We actually have a fourth Kirby runner today – Indy (9) is in the Area XC Schools Qualifier and trying for a top 8 place in the Yorkshire Finals. She’s pretty speedy but a bit light, you wouldn’t want to lay her a place though!
Phil and I were like proud parents yesterday as we noticed ‘Mechelen’ ( we called her Ruby Wood) running at Taunton for David Pipe.
She is the first National Hunt foal we bred to run- sadly not for us as we sold her as a foal at DBS , but we thought a lot of her, she was a beautiful rangy, good moving filly out of our lovely mare, Helen Wood – and she ran a blinder on her racecourse debut – finishing second but looking all over the winner until she ran a bit green in the final furlong. She looks well capable of building on this and winning her next bumper and of course it will do the page of our stunning Martaline filly no harm – she is a half sister to Mechelen.
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