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.