Kelso on Saturday we had 5 runners. Despite not having a winner, we were pleased with the performances of Houston Texas, who showed improvement to take 4th place, and Rose Of Siena who ran nicely in the bumper to finish 3rd. Holme Abbey and Takingrisks are both ok and probably needed it a little bit.
On Monday we were at Carlisle and again there were some nice performances. Headscarf Lil stepped up to 3miles for the first time and ran a creditable race. She was alongside our other runner, Glittering Love for much of the race, but he perhaps needed the run a bit and couldn’t stay with them at the finish. Blakerigg also ran well to take third in the handicap chase.
We returned to Carlisle early on Tuesday morning, where we took ten horses galloping. It is a great fitness exercise and also gives good experience to younger horses. You can watch the video here:
Our winner of the week came from Wilhelm Vonvenster who was given a great ride by conditional jockey Mark Galligan. It was only his second ride for us since he joined the team this summer, well done Mark!
In the next race we weren’t so lucky. Lanty Slea was running a great race having lead from the start but unfortunately stumbled and unseated Danny McMenamin on the home turn. They are both ok this morning (Lanty more so than Danny!) but home safe is the most important part. They will have their chance again.
Tomorrow we head to Wetherby with Sauce Of Life and Caius Marcius. Sauce Of Life is in the Introductory Hurdle and we hope he can continue his winning ways on his first start over hurdles.
Caius Marcius knows his job now and runs in the 2m Handicap Hurdle. He is ridden for the first time by Conor Rabbitt.
We will be at Ayr on Tuesday and have some nice horses entered. Soft Risk won his bumper in May by 9 lengths. He has had plenty of schooling and education and we are excited to see how he progresses throughout the season.
Parisencore is entered in the 2m4f maiden hurdle – he also holds an entry for Hexham on Wednesday over 2m. He showed his ability when finishing second on his hurdles debut last month at Kelso and will no doubt improve from that run.
Our sole entry in the bumper is for Paddock Cottage. Similar to Rose Of Siena, we have had difficulty finding suitable ground for him, and his owner, Mr David Wesley Yates, has been very patient. Fingers crossed he finally gets to make his first public appearance on a racecourse.
As mentioned before there are entries for Hexham on Wednesday, one of which is Serious Ego. He is a horse who loves the softer going so the more rain the better for him. His new owners will be eagerly anticipating his first start for them, since the syndicate was formed just a few months ago. There is still a small amount of shares left if you are interested in affordable racehorse ownership. Further information can be found here.
We also have entries for Newcastle on Thursday, these include Bullion Boss, Miss Milano, Kajaki and River Meadow.
It has been a mixed bag weather wise this week. Wednesday was like a spring morning with little wind and clear skies. Today (Friday) was forecast rain, however it hasn’t dropped as much as we would have liked for some of our horses. Hopefully things will soften up soon and we can get our winter ground loving horses out.
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