We’re off and running…
The national hunt season is now well and truly under way; with the first graded races being run and having had the first Cheltenham meeting of the year. We sent down Duke Of Navan and Caius Marcius to Cheltenham at the end of October in hope that the ground remained dry, unfortunately the course got hit with heavy rain and changed the going dramatically. This clearly affected our runners who prefer better ground.
On Monday 28th we sent 5 runners to Ayr where Chateau Robin finally lost his maiden tag in the Novice Handicap Chase over 2m4f. There were some disappointing runs from others that day, however things picked up again at the end of the week at Wetherby when Rubytwo ran a good race to finish 2nd.
Guitar Pete bounced back from a long absence to score in the bet365 Handicap Chase (listed race) under Ryan Day, a race in which he finished 2nd last year and won it the year before. Providing all remains well his owners are keen to head back over 3miles again with races like the SkyBet Chase at Doncaster in January and the race formerly known as the Racing Post Chase at Kempton in February being possible targets, as well as trying his luck back at Cheltenham in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in which he is a former winner.
The good form continued on Monday at our local track Carlisle, when Glenduff scored in the opener to win by over 3 lengths to the odds-on favourite. He is a lovely horse with a bright future.
Chapel Stile then returned from over a year off to stay on well and finish 3rd over a trip shorter than ideal. He will hopefully shape up into a nice staying chaser and will come on a lot from that run.
Later on the card saw My Old Gold make her reappearance in a listed chase and although she finished 4th out of 4 runners, the winner (Lostintranslation) could potentially be something special. She still ran a very creditable race and wasn’t beaten all that far with the way the race panned out. There is another listed chase at Carlisle for her on 1st December which she may head to.
Overall it’s been a promising start to the season and the horses are only going to improve from their races. We look forward to many more making their reappearances as well as showcasing our youngsters when they are ready. Simply Ned will continue on his usual route and head to Cheltenham for the Shloer Chase (17th November) and then head back to Leopardstown if all is well.
We would also like to thank Equine Products UK Ltd for sponsoring the yard again this season as well as providing us with all our racing wear.
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