The yard had a fantastic days racing on Wednesday as we enjoyed an across the card and code double.
We had two runners at Lingfield - Powered was having his first run on the turf for us and finished a very good 3rd under Sean Levey. He had a bit of trouble in running in the last two furlongs but finished very strongly when in the clear and looked the one to take out of the race. Next up was the yard stalwart Black Dave, settled just off the pace in fourth he traveled strongly into the race to take up the running about three furlongs out. He galloped gamely all the way to the line to just hold off a late challenge to win by a neck under our apprentice Kathy Glenister. Great result!
Meanwhile at Southwell John Reel was making his chasing debut under Robbie Dunne. He had shown great technique schooling at home and looked every bit a natural chaser. He had strong market support throughout the day and it was justified as he romped home to win by 6 lengths going away. He made most of the running and easily shrugged off his two challengers with a good round of jumping. We should have plenty of fun with him!
Our horses continue to run well even if we have had a frustrating number of seconds! Last week the old boy Greyfriarschorista put in a very game front running performance under our apprentice Kathy Glenister to finish 2nd at Chelmsford at 20/1 - just getting caught in the last half a furlong.
The yard pet Athassel ran at Lingfield in the first Silk series (for Lady Riders) race of the year under our amateur Ellie Mackenzie and put in yet another stellar performance to finish a good third finishing off strongly in what was a very strongly run contest. It was great to see that he was able to transfer his all-weather form to the turf. We should have lots of fun with him still over the summer.
We had a great day at Salisbury on Thursday with all five runners ending up in the winners enclosure, but yet again we couldn't quite manage a winner! First up was newcomer Joegogo having his first run in the two year old race. After slightly missing the break and running a bit green few the first few furlongs he picked up well to finish very strongly into a good second place. He looks very promising. Next up we had three runners in the claimer. Madam Prancelot was outpaced for much of the race but she tries her little heart out and stayed on strongest of all to finish 2nd. Behind her came Black Bubba who was having his first run after a long break and will come on for the run. Just behind him was Jenji who ran better than on her few two year old starts and will hopefully continue to improve. Finally we had Greyfriarschorista running in the hands and heels apprentice race - he set a good pace and kept galloping gamely all the way, just tiring in the last half a furlong in the rain softened ground to finish fourth beaten about 3 lengths.
At Newbury yesterday Liva made his debut in the second race. He ran very well in a hot race to finish a good 5th relishing the soft ground. He looks to have good potential - especially when the 7 furlong races come out.
It was a long wait for Essenaitch in the last race but it was worth it as he put in a very good run under Kathy Glenister to finish 2nd well clear of the 3rd placed horse. He was stepping up in trip to 1m2f and was quite keen in the early stages but settled once they turned into the straight and ploughed through the soft ground staying on well but having no chance with the winner who won very cosily.
Dave has always had a good record at Chester and he certainly made his mark there once again on Wednesday afternoon. The first race on day one of the Chester meeting is the famous Lily Agnes conditions race for two year old's - one of Dave's favourite races. He has won the race in the past but has been without luck for the last few years - notably two years ago when Silver Wings finished an agonizingly close second. This year he saddled three runners - Yogi's Girl, Felisa and Floss the Hoss. Sadly Floss knocked her leg in the box before the race and was unable to run whilst Felisa ran another solid race to finish 5th staying on in the final half a furlong. However the star of the show was the super fast Yogi's Girl. Fresh from her recent success at Windsor she broke smartly under John Egan, set a blistering pace and galloped gamely all the way to the line seeing off the strong challenge of Black Orange to win by a nose! A fantastic result for all connections and brilliant for Dave and the yard, especially after so many close two year old seconds including in both divisions of this years Brockelsby at Doncaster. Yogi will now be aimed for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot in the summer - fingers crossed!
In-form Mazaaher had his first run for us on the turf at Chepstow on Monday afternoon. Having placed 1st, 2nd & 2nd on his last three all-weather runs we were hopeful of a good run but there were question marks as to whether he would go on the turf and if he would stay the 1m4f trip on such a stiff galloping track. In the end there was no question about his stamina as he finished a good second under our apprentice Kathy Glenister staying on very strongly up the hill in the last half a furlong and looks the horse to take out of the race. Judging by that performance he will get further too.
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