Spring Has Sprung
It’s the last week in February and it is almost officially spring and what a difference it makes to us all, horses and staff. Everyone is smiling at seeing some sunshine and the horses are pleased to have some sun on their backs out at exercise.
In racing highlights from the last week we saw Marown run another really good race once again at Haydock on Saturday. He gained some more valuable experience and is only sure to improve for some better ground and a possible step up in trip.
On Sunday My Old Gold ran a great race to finish second at Uttoxeter, she jumped really well which was lovely to see after her fall last time.
At Market Rasen, Fly By Milan once again ran well to finish second and while he’s failed to get his head in front as yet, his experience that he’s gained will all be valuable to him once he goes hurdling.
On Monday we saw Chapel Stile win really nice at Carlisle. He got into a lovely rhythm and jumped superbly well. Staying is a big asset of his.
On Wednesday Glenduff ran a cracking race when finishing third over fences at Doncaster, he jumped great throughout and looks sure to get his head in front before too long.
Tomorrow we have 2 runners at Newcastle.
Wetlands in the 1.35. He has ran 3 solid races this season, winning easily at Ayr last time. He’s a lovely horse who is going to make a lovely chaser. Brian Hughes rides.
Bon Retour runs in the 3.50.
Having her first run for the yard. She’s a nice mare with a lovely temperament. She was brought down early last time out at Leopardstown but had some good form in some of her previous runs. Brian Hughes rides.
On Monday we head to Ayr. We have plenty of entries.
Lanty Slea in the 1.20.
Winner of a bumper last season. Jumps very nicely at home and hoping he can make a promising start.
Reivers Lad 3.05
Lovely big horse with a decent engine but unfortunately has been injury prone. Was travelling strongly when falling last time on his first start for over 2 years. Has schooled well at home since and we are hopeful of a good run.
Bullion Boss 3.40
Two seconds and a win from his last 4 runs at Musselburgh. He should be better suited to stepping back up to 3 miles.
One of our yard veterans. He hit form last summer when winning 2 races at Cartmel. Can be a little temperamental but he knows how to win when in the right frame of mind.
Uncle Alastair 4.10
It will be his first run for over 2 years when he was last seen at Carlisle finishing second to Vinndication. He should have a nice future.
Has had a couple of runs this season. He jumped nicely at Ayr first time out before getting a little tired late on but then ran below par last time out. Hopefully he can build on his runs so far this season.
Glorious Spirit 5.10
She is an unraced mare. She does her work nicely at home and hopefully she can make a promising debut.
On Wednesday we have entries at Musselburgh.
Lanty Slea 2.45
This is another option for him aswell as Ayr on Monday.
Tough little mare, rarely runs a bad race. She didn’t really take to the all weather surface last time out in a jumpers bumper at Newcastle but she should be happier back over obstacles.
Petite Ganache 2.25
He bounced back to form last time for a first win over fences at Musselburgh. He should be suited to the drying ground.
Looking Well 3.35
Ran a nice race first time out this season over hurdles but ran below par last time. Back over fences for his first run in Hunter chase company. He is another one that should appreciate the drying ground.
We will have some entries towards the end of the week as Doncaster race again on Friday and Saturday.
Some disappointing news about one of our stable stars Ribble Valley. He is out of action for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. It is utterly disappointing for all connections especially his wonderful long standing owner David Wesley Yates and we will look forward to getting him back to full health for next season.
We hope everybody is keeping safe and we look forward to seeing some crowds back at the races in the coming months.