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....!!
It was a busy night for the yard at Chepstow on Friday with six runners and it was great to land some good results.
Listen Alexander started the night off well by making all to win for the first time under Charles Bishop. She has showed some good form in her three previous runs so it was nice to see her get a well deserved win.
Athassel ran in the second leg of the Silk Series under our female amateur Miss Ellie Mackenzie and ran very well to finish a close 3rd under a strong ride matching his 3rd place in the first leg of the series that was run at Lingfield (also under Ellie Mackenzie) . Although he has never won on turf we will step him back up to 7 furlongs and a win can't be far away.
The night finished off with a fantastic run from Heartstone who won comfortably under Steve Drowne - shedding her maiden tag after a string of seconds!! She shaped fitter for her run at Leicester the week before and was suited by the drop back in trip to a mile from 1m2f.
It was lovely to see Wordiness get his head back in front at Doncaster on Thursday. He won some good races for us in the past but has been out of sorts for a while, however his last few efforts have been encouraging including a very close second at this track two starts ago so we were hoping for a good run. He was given a very confident ride by our gentleman amateur Mr Jonny Flook and cruised his way into the lead drawing away to win by 7 lengths! It was fantastic to see him win in such good style like the horse he used to be! Hopefully now that he is back in a winning vein he can land us a few more victories!
Red hot jockey Silvestre de Sousa made our long trip up to Thirsk worthwhile as he steered both Sir Billy Wright and Give Em A Clump into the winners enclosure! It was lovely to see Sir Billy Wright back in winning form for owners the Shropshire Wolves - especially after he was so narrowly denied the win on his last outing at Chepstow. Give Em A Clump was also runner up on his previous start so it was a relief to finally get that well deserved win.