Over the last two weeks we have had thirteen runners and so this has been full on for the yard! After our successful start to the season some of our horses have not run up to expectations and as a result we have left no stone unturned to make sure there is nothing amiss with the horses or the feeding. We have changed our hay supplier and filtered the water and found a slight mineral deficiency which is being rectified. We pride ourselves on the wellbeing and fitness of the horses as our best turned out results testify and we have plenty to look forward to with our runners over the coming week.
Rachael McDonald has been passed fit to race ride again and it will be a great help to have her back on the horses she knows so well including Cellar Vie at Carlisle on Monday 9th November making his debut over hurdles. We are also looking forward to our first run with The Caretaker in the same race.
Kelso 24th Saturday 24th October. Going officially good but actually good to soft, soft in places
Tortuga Bay was ridden by Nathan Moscrop in the 2 mile Maiden Hurdle. She was under pressure to maintain her position and did not seem to keep pace over two miles on this ground. She jumped well and we will look to run her over fences as and when the opportunity arises but she has a handicap mark now of 88 which should help.
Muhtamar with Theo Gillard was our next runner in Division 2 of the Maiden Hurdle. He behaved very well in the preliminaries and this was a big improvement. Unfortunately, he missed the first hurdle and this appeared to upset him for the rest of the race although his jumping did improve later on. When he began to tire in the closing stages Theo wisely pulled him up.
Muhtamar with Briony at Kelso
Theo Gillard was also on board For Three in the 2 mile Handicap Hurdle and by this time the ground had deteriorated significantly. He was going very well until he clipped the heels of the horse in front and this plus the softer ground put paid to his chances.
Hexham Sunday 25th October. Going soft.
Aquitaine Boy was having his first run over hurdles in the 2 mile Novices Hurdle and ran a really good race to finish fourth with good form horses ahead in the first three. Nathan Moscrop had him very settled in a handy position and he jumped superbly in a lovely rhythm throughout. They met a few traffic problems going up the hill for the second time which did not help him but we are very pleased with this result. He recovered really quickly and was bucking and squealing as they loaded up for home! He would probably be better suited by a flat galloping track and maybe a step up in trip later on but this was an excellent start.
Aquitaine Boy enjoying the view at Hexham
In the 2 mile Handicap Hurdle Bingo D’Olivate was ridden by Nathan Moscrop. As it was the first time he had ridden the horse he was expecting him to be keen when in fact he was very settled and with the front runner soon some 30 lengths ahead they had plenty of ground to make up and eventually finished sixth. He is more suited to a smaller field but he did run all the way to the line and it was a promising first run.
Bingo D'Olivate at Hexham
Ayr Monday 26th October. Going soft.
The conditions were very testing for Beat Box (Brian Hughes) in the 2 mile 4 ½ furlong mile Novices’ Handicap Chase. He is only a four year old and did very well to finish fifth with his jumping holding up under pressure. This was his first time over the longer distance and we would revert to 2 miles in future on this type of going but with the 48 hour declarations the ground can change significantly. Another BTO for Gemma.
Beat Box at Ayr
Alison Johnson rode Bullion in the 2 mile Handicap Hurdle. He jumped very well but could only stay on at the one pace when the leaders began to quicken. Jumping is his forté and so chasing may be the future but he needs good going.
Bullion at Ayr
Bangor-on-Dee Tuesday 27th October. Going soft.
With rain sweeping in before the race Bering Uspun(BTO for Gemma) found the going too tough in the 2 mile 1 ½ furlong Handicap Chase. With cheek pieces on his jumping was slick but he started to labour six fences from home and Brian Hughes wisely pulled him up two fences from home. His handicap mark still needs to drop to give him a chance in future.
Wetherby Friday 30th October. Going good to soft.
Brian Hughes rode Charmant (BTO for Gemma) in the 2 mile 3 ½ furlong Handicap Chase with a very strong field including a previous winner of this race whom we beat! They went a very strong gallop which took Charmant slightly out of his comfort zone but his good jumping kept him involved until the pace quickened when he could not maintain his position. Brian was passing horses after the line and so it looks as if a longer trip is a definite possibility on better ground. Also he has now been given a handy mark of 137 and so should be more competitive in his next race. Steven Fox has done so much excellent work at home with the horse and now he is more settled in his races it gives us further options.
Charmant smiling with pleasure at winning BTO at Wetherby (but credit shoud go to Gemma Anderson)!
Musselburgh Wednesday 4th November. Going good
We tried Ringo Kid over fences for the first time in the 2 mile 4 ½ furlong Novices’ Handicap Chase. With Nathan Moscrop up he started off very well but then was quite badly squeezed in the straight and lost his position and so, as he was not competitive Nathan decided to pull him up.
Lake Takapuna (BTO for Gemma)ridden by Theo Gillard was back over the smaller obstacles in the 2 mile Handicap Hurdle. It seemed that the fast track and ground did not really suit him and he had no chance to have a breather during the race. Also he didn’t eat up properly on his return and so was probably thinking about things after his win last time out.
Hexham Friday 6th November. Going heavy
Dunly made a cracking start to his season finishing third in the 2 mile Handicap Hurdle. He looked fantastic in the paddock and Brian Hughes even commented on his condition! They jumped off handily and Brian got him into a lovely rhythm. He was aware of the weight of 11 stone 12 lbs but he ran all the way to the line and was only beaten by two lengths. The winner and second were carrying more than a stone less and this cost us in the final strides but we really look forward to seeing him back over fences for his next run and he was in very good form the next day.
Dunly with Gemma at Hexham
Feetronie de Kervi (Alison Johnson) made her debut over hurdles in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle over 2 miles. She was quite keen but jumped well and then struggled to get her wind at the bottom of the hill and could give no more. We will work away to get a handicap mark but she does have the scope for fences.
Feetronie de Kervi with Nathalie Moses at Hexham
We have entries coming up at Carlisle, Ayr, Bangor and Newcastle so another busy time ahead!