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Fast and Furious

The last week of November was particularly busy for us as there were nine runners over six days at Wetherby, Kelso, Doncaster, Newcastle and Ayr so this involved plenty of travelling.   With one or two exceptions, the horses continue to run right up to form and most of them have had their first outing.    The majority of our horses this year are young and starting out on their jumping careers and so, as always, patience is the name of the game.

We continue to win plenty of best turned out awards so well done to the following:

Kelso                            Briony with Brayhill

Doncaster                     Chloe with Lake Takapuna

Ayr                                Sara with Community Rebel

Ayr                                Blake with Jim's Apple


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Chloe with her hamper

Chloe with her winning hamper at Doncaster

Race Round Up Highlights

Wednesday 23rd November – Wetherby.  Going Heavy

Escapeandevade with Brian Hughes was having his first run over fences in the 2 mile Novices Handicap Chase.  As Racing Post commented ‘He made a bold sight up front…The 6yo obviously has a future over fences’.  His jumping was mostly very good but he just tired towards the end to finish third.  The winner, Parliament Hill looks smart and had the benefit of a run under his belt and Escape handled the conditions well and will come on plenty for this run.

Escape at Wetherby

Thursday 24th November – Kelso. Going Soft

Brayhill (Brian Hughes) was having his second run over fences in the 2m 7f Novices Handicap Chase.  He was going best of all and jumping superbly when he lost his footing three fences from home and sprawled on landing.  Brian gathered him up but not surprisingly he was rather cautious over the last two fences and finished third.  So, the luck was not with us that day.

Brayhill goingto post Kelso

Brayhill going to post with Brian Hughes at Kelso

Friday 25th November – Doncaster. Going Good

Lake Takapuna ran in the 2 mile Handicap Chase but was just not himself at all.

Saturday 26th November – Newcastle. Going Good to Soft

This was Newcastle’s big day with Constitution Hill and Epatante running in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.  The advantage of this for us was that Lord Roco’s race was televised on ITV.

Lord Roco ran in the 2m 7f Novices Handicap Chase and this was a competitive Class 3 race.   Ridden by Danny McMenamin he was prominent throughout but did make a couple of small errors and became slightly outpaced four out.   However, he ran on strongly and was only narrowly beaten into second place by ½ length so this was an encouraging step up from his previous run at Ayr and we hope to find the winner’s enclosure soon!

Lord Roco at Newcastle

In the 2m Maiden Hurdle, Danny McMenamin was on board again with Thistle Ask who was having his first run for the yard after finishing second in an Irish maiden hurdle back in February.  Racing keenly in front for most of the way, his jumping was bold and he then tired three out to finish fourth.   Interestingly the winner, War Soldier finished third just behind Hold Onto The Line in an Irish point-to-point before coming over to join Sandy Thomson.

Thistle Ask

Tuesday 29th November – Ayr.   Going Soft (Good to Soft in places)

We had four runners here:

Community Rebel (Edward Austin) ran a good race in the 2m 3f Novices Hurdle.   He settled much better than in his previous run, his jumping was sound and he and was well up there before tiring approaching the end.  He would prefer better ground and also a handicap will help.

Community Rebel at Ayr

Community Rebel at Ayr

Nikgarde with Danny McMenamin had been off the track since March 2021 and ran well for a long way in the 2m 4f Handicap Hurdle.   Not surprisingly he tired later on but this will have blown some of the cobwebs away.

Nikgarde at Ayr

Nikgarde at Ayr

Danny McMenamin was back again on Lemoine in the Juvenile Bumper over 2 miles and once again he ran a really good race to finish third and reversing the form with the favourite Prontoanita who finished just in front of him previously at Aintree so these have been two promising performances.  He is a raw and scopey three-year-old who will be a lovely horse for the future.

Lemoine at Ayr

Lemoine in the paddock at Ayr

Jim’s Apple ridden by Conor Rabbitt was having her first run for the stable in the Conditional and Amateur Riders’ Bumper having come second twice in Irish point-to-points.  She had not run for over a year and was well positioned until tiring three furlongs from home.   She will now go hurdling.

Jims Apple at Ayr

Jim's Apple with Blake

We will report on our two runners at Wetherby on 3rd December in the next blog and have entries at Newcastle on Thursday 8th November.


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