After an exciting January with a 27% strike rate, things have been a little quieter in February but there have been some encouraging results not least Hold Onto The Line’s win at Musselburgh at for the partnership of Carruthers, Drew, Kesson and Phillips at 33/1! It was great to have Colin and Eileen Kesson and Richard and Lavinia Drew with us to celebrate.
Hold Onto The Line winning at Musselburgh with Alan Doyle
Impressive stats for James in January!
Colin and Eileen were our very first owners and they phoned after seeing an interview with James following his win in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso in 2005 and took their chance with a rookie trainer! This was their 19th win and a 17th win for Richard and Lavinia who joined us a bit later in 2008.
Colin and Eileen Kesson celebrate their 19th winner at Musselburgh with James
We are very fortunate to have Louise Holmes now doing the accounts for us and as well as her numeracy skills she is now a dog handler!
Louise Holmes hard at work in the office!
Ettila de Sivola was not enthusiastic about racing on his last run at Wetherby and so he has gone off hunting with the Wynnstay and we look forward to hearing details of how he is getting on in his new life. He had 17 runs for us with three wins (Bumper, Hurdle and Chase), two seconds and three thirds so he now deserves a change of scene.
Racing Round Up – A Selection of our February runners
Tuesday 15th February – Ayr. Going heavy.
Benack was ridden by Ryan Mania in the 2 mile 4 ½ furlong Maiden Hurdle and this was a hugely improved performance. He acts very well on this going and was handy throughout but could not quite quicken at the very end but was only beaten 1 ½ lengths into fourth place. So we were very pleased with this result.
Wednesday 16th February – Wetherby. Going heavy.
Alan Doyle was on board Beat Box and gave him an excellent ride in the 2 mile 3 ½ furlong Handicap Hurdle and after his win last time out he ran another very good race. In the heavy conditions the combination of weight and distance caught him out at the very end but his jumping was superb and he ran really well to finish fifth.
Friday 18th February – Kelso. Going heavy.
This was a first run for Escapeandevade under the new ownership of The Escapees in the 2 mile Novice Hurdle with Callum Bewley in the saddle. Jumping brilliantly he led until challenged two out when he was outpaced by a progressive horse Grey Skies trained by Donald McCain and finished second. For whatever reason it would seem that he was not at his best and he was dehydrated after the race. However, his jumping is outstanding and this is a talented horse who will go Novice Chasing next season.
Escapeandevade with Callum Bewley at Kelso
Sunday 20th February – Musselburgh. Going Soft.
After a promising run at Musselburgh in December, Hold Onto The Line had disappointed in his subsequent two runs at Newcastle. However, a different horse turned up on Sunday – on his toes and looking up for it in the 2 mile 3 furlong Novice Handicap Hurdle! Alan Doyle who knows him so well gave him the perfect ride up with the pace and leading from four out. Using his accurate jumping to gain advantage, he was challenged two out but rallied and stayed on strongly to win by 1 ¼ lengths with the fancied horses well beaten. Jumping is his strong point and he will stay further and so Novice Chasing beckons next season.
Hold Onto The Line and Alan Doyle on their way to winning at Musselburgh
Monday 21st February – Carlisle. Going heavy.
Cellar Vie with Alan Doyle ran really well for a long way in the 2 mile 1 furlong Handicap Hurdle but he weakened just before two out and could only finish sixth. Although described as heavy the ground was drying all the time in the sunshine and the wind and this did not suit us.
Cellar Vie wins BTO for Rosie at Carlisle
Juge Et Parti (Danny McMenamin) never lets us down and he ran an excellent race in the feature – the Raglan Handicap Chase over 3 miles and 1 furlong. Held up towards the rear, as usual his jumping was faultless and he steadily made headway to dispute the lead at the last. But he was left short of room on the run in when Danny switched him left and he stayed on strongly to finish third and was only beaten by three lengths. This was a good performance and he is a delight to have in the yard.
Juge Et Parti wins BTO for Briony at Carlisle
We have five entries coming up at Newcastle on Friday 25th March.