It's been a good week for the yard with a few winners and plenty of good placed efforts. On Monday we were at Ffos Lass where Liva (John Egan) landed the spoils in the opening race with the stables second string Coal Stock (Steve Drowne) running a massive race to finish just behind him in 2nd.
Tuesday saw us make the long trip up to Thirsk where Spirit of Belle was having his first run back since being gelded. He wore first time visors under our apprentice Kathy Glenister and ran a cracking race to finish 2nd to the short priced favourite.
We traveled back up north on Wednesday to Catterick where Reflect Alexander made the trip worthwhile by making all to win well under Dane O'Neill. We have always thought a lot of her so it was nice to see her come home in front.
Thursday was a very busy day for the yard with two runners at Doncaster, one at Leicester and six at our local track Chepstow. The old stalwart Black Dave (Kathy Glenister) ran an impressive race at Chepstow to finish a game 2nd; he set off at a good gallop and maintained it all the way to the line really testing out the stamina of his rivals, just finding one too good. Shortly afterwards the Shropshire Wolves owned Bahamian Dollar managed to make it one better to win the feature race in good style under regular pilot Kathy Glenister. He really has come into himself in the last few months and is proving to be the lovely horse we always thought he was. Great result.
Meanwhile at Leicester Ferik (who was a game 2nd at Chepstow last week) ran another huge race to finish 2nd again this time under Stevie Donohoe. He looks to be a really nice horse and will surely be winning soon when he steps up in trip.
Our last runner of the day was the infamous Athassel at Doncaster where he was stepping back up in trip to 7 furlongs under PJ McDonald. In his customary fashion he finished like a steam train to come a good 2nd.
Finally on Saturday we were at Haydock and Lingfield where we continued our slight case of seconditus! At Haydock Outback Blue ran his best race of the season under Kathy Glenister to just go down by a neck. The step up in trip to 1m2f and application of a visor seemed to bring out some improvement in him - a win surely not far away.
At Lingfield Brockey Rise finished a good 2nd under David Egan. He has taken more time than some of our other two year olds because he has had so much growing to do but is really starting to fill out now and is improving all the time. He should make a lovely three year old.
That's all for this week, hopefully next week will see some more good results and hopefully a few more winners and a few less seconds....!!