What a fantastic days racing we had yesterday. The day began with the best possible start as Gracious John made all to win a listed race at Lingfield under Fran Berry. He was strongly challenged throughout the final furlong but he stuck his head down and really fought for it to just hold on by a short head! He will be aimed for the sprint final at the All-Weather Championships where he will try and go one better than his second place last year.
A few races later the lovely Sea Fox ran a big race to finish 3rd under Edward Greatrex. Half a furlong out it looked like he was going to win but the winning line just came a stride too late and two finishers joined him just before the line. Nevertheless it was a great run.
Meanwhile at Wolverhampton the improving & consistent Joegogo won his fourth race of the AW campaign under Gabriele Malune. It was great to get another winner for Wayne Clifford of Bathwick Tyres who sponsors the yard.
To finish a great days racing Satchville Flyer came a good 2nd under Robert Winston. He was dropping back in trip and settled a lot better.
Long standing owner Richard Kent invited Dave & Emma for a look around his stud this weekend and introduced them to exciting stallion Heeraat. We currently have one of his offspring - a nice looking two year old filly who is progressing well. Dave & Richard have enjoyed much success together over the years and hopefully this coming season will be no exception.
"Heeraat is a very exciting stallion prospect, producing some marvelous looking foals, and his first crop realised some very attractive prices at Tattersalls December Foal Sale. Being by Dark Angel, a lot of commercial stallion masters were trying to get him, but I had been following his career since Liam Cashman pinhooked him as a foal. I’d idolised Liam from when I was a lad, and Heeraat was his sire’s most expensive first-crop foal. He was sound and tough, and from a fantastic line out of a Green Desert mare. We expect him to make a big impact" Richard Kent
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There can't be many gallops in the country that are lucky enough to have such amazing scenery and a fresh February morning highlights just how lucky we are. Serious office view!
Like everyone in racing our staff work very hard day in day out in sometimes in very extreme weather! Lately we have had some desperately wet, cold & windy days - the downside of being based on the edge of the Black Mountains & Brecon Beacons! So we decided to treat all of our riders to top of the range waterproofs to try and keep them a bit warmer and drier......and looking a bit smarter!!
Cherubic (owned by Richard Kent) is one of our more recent acquisitions and she certainly gave us something to cheer about on her yard debut at Southwell this week. She went off at 25/1 and made all under Sean Levey to romp home by an easy 7 lengths! She's improved a lot in the short time we have had her and hopefully there will be more to come from this rangy filly.
This topped off a pretty good fortnight for the yard with some great wins for some of our long standing owners.
After a win-less season last year the lovely Sea Fox returned to the winners enclosure with an all-the-way success at Kempton under Fran Berry for owner Eric Griffiths. We have always thought a lot of 'Foxy' and it was brilliant to see him back to winning ways.
We also saw Herm improve again to record his second win at Wolverhampton under Fran Berry for owner Trevor Gallienne who had traveled over from Guernsey. Herm has always proved slightly tricky to place but seems to revel the AW tapeta surface and should continue to improve now that we have found his forte.