Weekly Roundup 29/01/21
The end of January is upon us. It always seems such a long month after all the festivities of December, then before we know it February has been and gone as well! Those 2/3 days definitely make a difference. After that we’re into March and we all know what happens that month, so we’ll save that for another day!
Moving back to the present, eagle eyed followers may have spotted a camera man was in Greystoke last weekend… we can’t reveal too much yet, but we will let you all know where and when to tune in! (little clue – everyone with a TV will be able to watch, no subscriptions necessary.)
Whilst the team at home were busy posing for cameras, our runners were already making their way southbound on the M6 to Haydock Park, one of those being Marown, who ran a very promising race in the Grade 2 Novices’ Chase. He is sure to enjoy some better ground when it arrives, but he ran a solid race in the conditions.
Rievers Lad is none the worse for his fall. He was a little too fresh and well after the long layoff and unfortunately came to grief before the race got competitive.
Serious Ego won really nicely in the last race, he relished the conditions and ran on well to win with a bit in hand. You can watch the replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/horse_racing_replays/311995-unibet-casino-deposit-10-get-40-bonus-handicap-hurdle-qualifier-4
Today (29th) we had 3 runners at Doncaster.
Unfortunately Farmer Mike failed to show any improvement on his first run. He’s a lovely natured horse who will look to do another job in the future.
Ferney Green jumped nicely on her first run over hurdles. Hopefully she can improve as she gets a bit of experience and follow in the hoof prints of her winning half brother and sisters Rubytwo, Amberose and Nells Son.
Top Billing was pulled up in the last race. His form can be a bit in and out and unfortunately today was not a going day for him.
Tomorrow (30th) we go back to Doncaster for the Sky Bet Chase (Listed race) at 3.15.
The ground is soft so the 3 mile trip will be very much a stamina test. This certainly plays to the strengths of former Scottish Grand National winner Takingrisks. He will be partnered once again by Sean Quinlan.
Guitar Pete was creeping into the race nicely at Kempton 3 weeks ago when coming down 4 from home, will be ridden by Ryan Day.
They are both in good heart at home and can hopefully run nice races.
On Sunday we have 2 runners declared for Catterick. Royal Arcade runs in the 2m3f Novices’ Hurdle, he jumps nicely at home and hopefully can make a promising start. Glenduff gets his season started in the 2m3f Novices’ Handicap Chase. He’s still lightly raced and has jumped fences nicely at home. Both horses will be ridden by Ryan Day.
On Monday, our tough little mare Rubytwo holds an entry in the Mares Novices’ Hurdle at Sedgefield.
We hope you enjoy the racing this weekend, and don’t forget to follow us on social media for daily updates and photos from the yard.