A Grade 1 day at Newcastle
The decision is made, Lady Buttons swerves the journey to Newbury with an optimistic update from Newcastle at 6.45 that the frost covers appear to be doing their job. She heads our team of four this afternoon to include our Star Chaser, Grade 1 placed TOPVILLE BEN & the duo of Chasers in the 12.20, ROBBING THE PREY & OAK VINTAGE.
It promises to be a cold but beautifully sunny day at Newcastle and it’s without doubt a huge test for our mare – we are not going there saying she is going to win, but hopefully running a big race and she is fully entitled to take her chance – who knows what will happen on this ground and with only 4 other rivals it has to be worth a shot. Lady B has won round Newcastle and she will not be inconvenienced by the ground. The reports from the Henderson camp have been bullish all week and of course we are talking about a dual champion hurdle winner – there’s no denying she is keeping the best of company this afternoon. Both Silver Sprite & Cornerstone Lad will be tough to beat as well and Nelson River is no back number too rated 142! Thank you to everyone on our fb page for your fantastic messages of support – we read them all and appreciate it very much. You have most certainly made her the ‘fan favourite’ that racing has now dubbed her and there promises to be lots of purple and white scarves donned in her honour at Newcastle this afternoon. Best of luck to her Owners Jayne & Keith Sivills & regular partner, Adam Nicol and most of all, safe return for our Queen of the yard and the North’s favourite Lady.
A short video of Jennie giving Buttons her last steady canter…
And on to TOPVILLE BEN who Tommy is delighted to get the leg back up – they were a formidable partnership round Hexham on Ben’s first chasing start and Tommy will be hoping he can kick on where he left off with a bold bid in The Rehearsal Chase to round off a top class card. Ben jumped well first time out at Wetherby and if that race has brought him on the there is every chance his Grade 1 Aintree form should give him a huge shout this afternoon – he is around second favourite at present and we are glad he is not top weight – every little helps when the ground is heavy.
We start the day with Oak Vintage ( Tommy) and Robbing the Prey ( Adam) in the 12.20 and both are well capable of a big run although the ground will be on the slow side for Vinny whose best form is on a sounder surface. He is well handicapped now though and was going well at Wetherby until a mistake at a crucial time – and if ‘a change is as good as a rest’ then Robin too could well put in a big run – he’s a gorgeous horse who is making his debut for us today.
And finally we thought you would enjoy this video of one of our former stars, AMAZING KING who was enjoying a good gallop in our fields yesterday – he is feeling as well as ever at 15 years old. He was Phil’s first licensed winner, gave us some big days out , 9 wins in total and will always remain with us.
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