Following 3 close seconds in bumpers, homebred ‘Show Promise’ by Josr Algarhoud x Show Potential, opened his account over hurdles today at the first time of asking. We love a local winner at Catterick and ‘Joss’ as he is known at home, belied his generous odds of 8-1 and scooted clear of the Henderson horse in the home straight despite looking novicey at some of the hurdles. Tommy talked about his future prospects on a winning interview which is featured at the end of the race…
This was our second proud breeder moment of the NH season following Lord Rococco’s wins, and the manner of his victory suggested there will be plenty more to come. Seventeen of his twenty Owners were there to shout him home – they are not all from the local area, one of his Owners lives in Ireland and this is his 3rd winner with us from 3 horses….he’s both lucky and good at choosing them! Later in the card Milanvera completed safely but has been given a stiff looking mark by the handicapper and needs help.
Home news…. we are still awaiting Ace Bloodstock’s ‘Marmot Bay’ to have her foal despite now being a week overdue… perhaps tonight will be the night! Others to foal are ‘Skid’ also for Ace Bloodstock, dual purpose mare, Musikhani plus the jumping mares Lady Chloe, Lady Westerner & Helen Wood.
We are pleased to report that The Silver Linings P’ship mare, ‘Winfola’ is fine following her nasty looking fall at Musselburgh last Friday and is back being ridden out after a couple of easy days. She was just about to make her challenge when coming down at the last hurdle and Tommy was confident she would have been in the first two had she stood up. There were a lot of anxious Owners until she got up safely.
Another Partnership Horse, ‘My Strong Man’ made a sound handicap debut at Newcastle on Monday, staying on stoutly for 4th despite being briefly outpaced in the middle of the race. He is still a big baby and we’ll see the best of ‘Tonto’ once he gets upped in trip next season but we’ll stick to 2miles for now as he’s still just a 4 year old. His Owners were delighted with this performance in a competitive handicap.
Back on the flat and the admirably consistent ‘Iconic Belle’ ran yet another good race at Wolverhampton, 3rd in the Apprentice Handicap for Nick. She looks held by the handicapper at present which is frustrating for her both her and us, let’s hope he decides to relent a little and give her a Winning chance soon.
And finally we are looking forward to seeing this big lad out racing in the next month…. ‘Robin des Chapp’ will make his long awaited debut in either a bumper or a NH novice hurdle and he has been doing some schooling with Tommy in the arena – he seems a natural over a jump just like his famous half- sister, Lady Buttons.
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