Moving Through March
It’s been a showery week and we have felt the wet and cold a little since being spoilt last week with the early spring weather.
Credit to Sarah Eilbeck for these gorgeous images from the back of Guitar Pete.
However it is an exciting time for the world of national hunt racing as we are now counting down the days to the start of Cheltenham. It will be a very different atmosphere this year without that Cheltenham roar but the quality on show will be in no doubt just as high.
Many of our runners have put up some really good performances in the last week.
We had a lovely winner yesterday at Carlisle. Royal Arcade relished the tough conditions and Ryan Day barely moved a muscle on him to gallop out a very easy winner.
Kitty Hall ran well at Catterick on Wednesday to finish second. She is still lightly raced and should be able to improve with experience.
On Tuesday Murvagh Beach put up his best performance to date, the step up in trip suited him well and he galloped well to the line to finish second. Glittering Love also finished second in pleasing fashion.
Last weekend we saw good runs from all 3 of our runners in competitive races.
Castle Rushen ran on well to finish third in the Grade 2 Premier Novices Hurdle at Kelso.
Duke of Navan ran an absolute blinder to finish second at Doncaster.
Chidswell ran another sound race in the Grimthorpe chase to finish fourth.
All of our runners have come out of their races in good form.
Tomorrow we go to Ayr for 6 runners.
She made a good return on her first run of the season to finish third at Perth but has struggled to find her form since and she failed to enjoy the surface in a jumpers bumper last time. Hopefully she can come back to her best form. Ryan Day rides.
Rubytwo, like her sister Amberose, she didn’t really enjoy the run in a jumpers bumper last time out. Putting that run to one side, she rarely runs a bad race. Danny McMenamin rides.
She was a winner at the Galway festival last summer. She was disappointing last time and we hope she can improve on that. Danny Mcmenamin rides.
He has some useful form over hurdles on soft ground last season including at Ayr.
Hopefully he should be able to give a good performance. Brian Hughes rides.
He has been out of form since last autumn and he needs to bounce back to form. Ryan Day rides.
He won nicely at the track in December. He is a lovely big type and hopefully he can continue to progress. Danny McMenamin rides.
We have some entries throughout next week….
She got her head in front at Musselburgh in November on her first run over hurdles.
She’s a nice mare, she does seem to prefer a sounder surface.
She’s a nice looking mare with a lovely easy going temperament and she has done her jumping nicely at home.
He has had a little break since a couple of disappointing runs last autumn. Hopefully the break will have freshened him up and he will be able to show some better form.
1.45 and 2.55
He was a bumper winner last season. He jumps really nicely at home and hopefully he can make a promising debut over hurdles.
Ran really well at Newcastle on Tuesday when finishing second. He has come out of the race fine. He looks like he would relish the 4 mile trip.
He was disappointing last time out at Musselburgh but produced a nice win the time before. Hopefully he can put the disappointing run behind him. He does prefer a sound surface.
Reivers Lad is doing fine since his recent fall, unfortunately he did pick up a small injury that will rule him out for the remainder of the season.
We hope that everyone enjoys the racing over the weekend and of course Cheltenham next week. Hopefully you will manage to pick a winner or two!
Most of all we wish all horses and jockeys come back safely.