It was a fantastic evening for the yard at Wolverhampton on Tuesday evening. It started off well with Log Off in the first race. Having won well at Southwell a few runs ago she looked to have lost her way but the drop back in trip and a good ride from Hector Crouch saw her storm home to dead heat for first place. Next up was Sheer Intensity - she ran yet another solid race to finish 3rd and although still a maiden she never seems to do much wrong and will surely win a little race somewhere.
What made the night was the yard favourite Athassel. He had nothing to prove having won six races for us on the all-weather this winter and securing the 'most winning horse' prize at the all weather finals. But despite his busy campaign and rapid rise of his handicap mark he managed to secure yet another decisive victory under our apprentice Kathy Glenister to win by a cosy half a length. This was his 7th win since the end of December! He continues to amaze us and there looks like there might still be more to come from him!
After a whole host of seconds it was a relief to get our first two year old winner on the board at Windsor tonight! It was a second run for our promising Harbour Watch filly Yogi's Girl - she showed the benefit of a bit of experience and made nearly all down the rail to win nicely under John Egan. We should have lots of fun with her this summer.
The official all-weather racing season came to a close at Lingfield yesterday with the AW Championships finals day. The day started with the presentation of the awards for the 'all stars' categories. We are delighted to announce that the prolific Athassel managed to secure victory in the 'most winning horse' category. His fantastic six wins since the end of December made him the clear cut winner. Our apprentice Kathy Glenister, who rode him to two of his victories, was there on behalf of Dave and Emma to collect the award.
The day was then made even better by Terry Reffell's Gracious John putting in possibly a career best performance to finish a very close 2nd in a very fast time in the big 6 furlong sprint. He broke well under regular pilot John Egan and was quickly into the lead. He galloped the majority of his rivals into submission and with a furlong to go looked like he was going to make all but just got worn down nearing the line to finish second, beaten just half a length. It was a shame not to win but what a fantastic performance and left all connections absolutely delighted. He is an imposing strong colt and looks to be improving all the time - he should have a great season ahead on the turf.
Meanwhile at Bath racecourse we had some more good results. Wordiness ran very well after a small break to finish a good third under David Egan and we should have lots of fun with him this summer on the turf.
Then in the two year old race we had our Brockelsby runner up Last Page having his second run. It looked quite a hot race on paper but he rose to the challenge and although he still showed some signs of inexperience he ran very creditably to finish a very close 2nd - just loosing out in the last strides. A win is surely just around the corner for this smart looking gelding.
The All-Weather season comes to a close with the big finals day taking place at Lingfield tomorrow where Dave saddles four runners;
The Shropshire Wolves owned Dougan runs in the 7f Apprentice race and Callum Shephard takes the ride. He has won two from two at the track and over course/distance so we are hoping for a good performance.
John Reel runs in the 2 mile marathon under John Egan for the third year running - his last two runs have been back up to form and hopefully the fitting of a first time tongue tie will make the difference.
Gracious John runs in the big 6 furlong sprint for four year olds and upwards. He has good course and distance form, a good draw and John Egan knows him better than anyone so hopefully he will put his best foot forward.
Finally we have Letmestopyouthere running in the 3 year old conditions race. He had a great 2 year old campaign for us and has continued to run some cracking races through the winter and has deserved his place.
All in all Dave has had a great winter campaign finishing third in the trainers championship and winning the 'most AW winning horse' title with the prolific Athassel -- the £10,000 prize will be collected at Lingfield tomorrow! Let's hope the yards good form continues throughout the busy turf season!
Dave continues to bang out our early two year olds with good results. Yesterday we had Kheleyf's Girl (owned by J A Wilcox) running at Southwell under John Egan and she put in a fantastic performance galloping all the way to the line to finish a very close 2nd - she looks promising for the future and 6/7 furlong races in the up-coming months.
Today we had two more running at Leicester - Zain Flash owned by Asaad Al Banwan and Shovel it On joint owned by Power Geneva & Bruce Williams. Zain Flash ran up with the pace all the way and under a strong John Egan drive he dug deep all the way to the line to finish 2nd. Frustratingly our fourth 2nd from our first four 2 y/o runners!! Shovel it On was very outpaced early on but stayed on strongly towards to line to finish a good fourth and looks to be a lovely horse.
Next stop Wolverhampton tomorrow - lets hope we can go one better and get a winner!
The Morgans owned Chamasay was a new arrival at the yard a few months ago and he clearly enjoys life at Ty-Derlwyn farm having now secured two decisive victories for the team.
The first came a few weeks ago in an apprentice race at Southwell under young David Egan. He was a relative outsider at 16/1 but always travelled like the winner and romped clear to win easily by 5 lengths. This was followed up with another easy Southwell win this afternoon -- this time winning by 6 lengths under David's father John Egan! He appears to relish the fibresand and hopefully there will be more wins to come in the upcoming months.
We had our first two year old runners of the season in the Brockelsby at Doncaster on Saturday.
In the first division we had Last Page (pictured) under John Egan - we had high hopes for him as he has looked very smart at home and he didn't disappoint. Although running a bit green through the first few furlongs he finished with a tremendous rattle to finish 2nd only just denied first place.
In the second division was Emma Evans' own The Love Doctor - a lovely strong galloping type. Although one of the first under pressure he stuck in out all the way to also finish second and looks to be a lovely type and will surely appreciate a step up in trip in the future. Hopefully this is the start of a cracking season to come as we have a great bunch of youngsters.